Re: Are C Cards needed and/or legal?

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Posted by Jim on August 01, 2006 at 08:53:21:

In Reply to: Are C Cards needed and/or legal? posted by Captain Tim Burke on July 31, 2006 at 21:56:43:

You are not required to be certified to dive, only to get your air tanks filled or to go on a commercial dive boat.

We have no law that divers be certified, although I understand the originators of the LA County program had that in mind (I may be mistaken on that point.)

Diving is largely an unregulated industry. The level of regulation increases proportionately with the ability of someone dying other than the diver.

Scuba is a self regulated industry. Much of that self-imposed regulation in anti-competitive rather than pro-safety, although the former is often justified in terms of the latter. Litigation is residue of that difference.

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