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_Katy_
posted : May 6, 2005 Post subject: Upgrading JR. Open Water Certificate.
I just got my 'JR Open Water Certificate'.

How do you upgrade from JR to the full one? Do I have to take the course again when I turn 15?

Also, how deep can I go? When I was in the Maldives, my instructor assumed that I was 15 or older, and let me go 18m deep. Is it any different for a junior?

 
_Tori_
posted : May 10, 2005 Post subject: Upgrading JR. Open Water Certificate.
Hey Katy!
I'm not sure if its the same for all PADI centres (I guess so) but my issueing centre was California and when I did it I was able to upgrade my card just by sending a photocopy of my card with the cover note they sent me at the beginning. I put a note with it explaining that I wanted an adult card. You might have to pay but you dont need to take the open water test again.

In the end, if they ask you to pay youre probably better off taking another course like advanced and just getting a new card. Plus, you dont actually need a new card to dive!!

In terms of depth, I think the max. that PADI recommends for recreational divers is 130ft. I think as an open water id say 18m is probably about right. But bear in mind they are just PADI's guidelines. I was diving 30m on my 2nd dive after certification!!!

Hope that helps some! Happy diving!

 
Rebecca
posted : May 20, 2005 Post subject: Upgrading JR. Open Water Certificate.
Dear Katy

When you turn 15, go to your nearest PADI dive centre of shop with your cert card, and explain that you would like to "lose" the junior bit. There will be a small administration fee, depending on the shop, but it involves filling out a form and sending it in. Do NOT forget, you will need a new photograph for the new card.

Your depth limitation automatically falls away, you will no longer be limited to 12 meters, but can dive to 18 meters.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards
Rebecca

 
dagon
posted : December 3, 2005 Post subject: Upgrading JR. Open Water Certificate.
hi becky how r ya?what level r u at?how long have u been diving for?
naz

 
Winker88
posted : December 4, 2005 Post subject: Upgrading JR. Open Water Certificate.
Hi theres 2 ways get a dive centre/instructor to send a new pic or you can do it your self as long as you have got you jr openwater card its easy
Thanks

 
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