A PADI certification card unlocks adventure anywhere there’s water, but what if you accidentally leave your PADI card at home? Are you still able to dive without it? Is there a way to do a PADI certification lookup? In this article, we’ll take a look at what options are available to you should you find yourself card-less and wanting to dive!

  • If you’re diving with one of the more than 6,600 PADI Dive Shops around the world, they’ll be able to look up your PADI certification online. You’ll need to provide them with the following information: Your name (as it appears on your PADI card) and your date of birth.
  • It’s important to keep in mind though that some of the world’s best dive sites are far from shore and a reliable internet connection may not be available 24/7.
  • Non-PADI Dive Centers won’t be able to look up your certification. The same goes for most liveaboard operators.

Help ‘Future You’ Avoid Disappointment

Imagine how horrible it would feel to arrive at your dream dive destination only to be stranded topside because you forgot your certification card at home. That’s why many divers have both a physical card and a PADI eCard. Having both means you’re covered in just about any circumstance. Your physical card will cover you when your operator can’t access the internet, and your eCard covers you when you are not carrying your physical PADI card. You also get a discount when you buy a physical card and a PADI eCard at the same time on PADI.com.

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If the internet isn’t available or your phone’s battery dies – use the physical card. Should you accidentally forget your plastic card at home, use the PADI eCard on your phone.

Tip: Take a screenshot of your eCard and send it to your dive operator in advance, and for backup, send a copy to your dive buddy too.

Don’t Be ‘That Diver’, Bring Your Certification Card

Divers must have proof of certification. We all learned this in our Open Water Diver certification course, right? Your dive crew is there to ensure your scuba adventure is fun and safe, not look up certifications. Carrying proof of certification is the responsible and respectful thing to do. 

You don’t want to be that diver who delays the dive because they didn’t bring their card and now the Divemaster has to look it up on their phone. Divers are generally kind and easy-going people, but in this situation, some of us may be silently judging you. 😉

In all seriousness, having a backup PADI card is a smart idea, and they’re fun to pick out. PADI partners with award-winning photographers, and there are new images to choose from every year. Order online or through your local PADI Dive Center or Resort.

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Join PADI Club

Did you know that PADI Club members get 25% off a new physical certification card every year? It’s not only discounts on cards that you receive as a member of PADI Club. Here are just a few of the other great benefits of PADI Club membership:

  • Free Online Scuba Refresher Course
  • Free Become a DAN Prepared Diver Online Course
  • Free Subscription to Scuba Diving Magazine
  • 20% Discount on Select PADI eLearning Courses

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