C-card Open Water is only a "diver's permit"...
Jon Nelson - Trimix Diver
March 10, 2003 at 12:19:36
No instructor, no agency, no government organization is responsible for the diver's safety. Only the diver is.
PADI is very clear on the limits of the "Scuba Diver" certification. It is nothing more than a "permit" which reguires that a responsible properly certified professional-level diver attend the Scuba Diver on all dives.
A diver with only the Scuab Diver "permit" cannot get fills and is not respected, anywhere I know of, as a truly certified Open Water diver. Scuba Diver is an "introduction" and nothing more.
Anyone certified to instruct the class can help people understand this. Those who have no understanding at this level would do well to attain this knowledge. Those without this knowledge should refrain from occupying cyber-space with their display of ignorance.
Ultimately, all dives are the responsibility of the diver. PADI's Scuba Diver card is consistent with this understanding; NOT recognizing the holder of such a card as a true and certified diver. 'nuff said.