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Scuba Diver Training: Your Official PADI Identification Photograph

Scuba Diver Training: Your Official PADI Identification Photograph

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P.I.C = Your Positive Identification Card Displays Your Official PADI Photo

Scuba diver training is fun. You learn new skills that gives you access to 70% of this planet that was previously inaccessible to you. Its challenging and rewarding, but in order to become a certified diver you have to pose for your official PADI identification photograph for your PIC (positive identification card).

Why am I writing about taking a photograph I hear you ask? It’s no big deal – Facebook and Instagram are full of them. Why is a diving photograph so different?

Thats what i thought. At least, that is what I thought before I became a PADI instructor.

At the end of your scuba diver training, after all the knowledge has been absorbed, the skills mastered and the open water dives are complete – we get to fill in your PIC online information. A photograph is mandatory and the application is sent to PADI directly for processing. I ask guests to stand in front of a white wall and take a head and shoulders shot.  Perhaps it is the era that has evolved due to social media such as Facebook – but this process takes longer and longer.

Why?

Because each guest wants the photo taken again and again.

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Countless guests wants their photo taken again and again.

“Please Please take another one!”

“My hair looks like I’ve been electrocuted!”

“My tan is uneven!

These are but a few pleadings that I hear after scuba diver training is complete – on certification days. I oblige everyone – I edit out small blemishes with Photoshop, I want my students to be happy.

Is this necessary? Maybe not, but the customer is always right.

Scuba diving training  is fun. It is a sport. It is an activity where we are outside most of the

time, either in the sun or underwater with a mask attached to our faces. The mask strap sits just above the ears and goes round the head. The salt water combined with this strap moves our hair around and it may even get tangled a few times. It may also leave a tan line on your forehead and under your nose ( i have a permanent mask mark)! It makes us look like a scuba diver. It makes us look like we are athletic people who do crazy fun activities and not a perfect model for an Hawaiian Tropic sun lotion advert.

 

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Why should our identification not show this joy as well as hair that is a little out of place?

After our scuba diver training we are thrilled to have completed our course. Why should our identification not show this joy as well as hair that is a little out of place? “Diving hair” is not perfect. “diving hair” looks a bit out of disheveled. “Diving hair” is awesome. Wear it with pride! Smile your biggest smile and let the joy of scuba diving shine through your eyes and into the camera lens. It shows how much fun you have had. It shows your success. It shows you in your evolved form as a PADI Scuba Diver!!

 

 

 

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Your P.I.C Photo should show the fun of Scuba Diver Training. It is not a selfie!

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