VA benefits program

Ready for a new career after the military?

You could use your benefits to become a Scuba professional. Your GI Bill® * Education Benefits could cover up to 100% of your training, as well as student materials and some equipment. 

This program can take you from the basic Open Water Diver certification all the way up through the Open Water Instructor Course and beyond. You will learn to be a Rescue Diver, Divemaster, CPR/First Aid Instructor and Scuba Instructor.

You need to be Open Water Diver certified prior to enrolling in this program. If you're not a certified scuba diver and want to get certified, we can help you with that as well. We offer Military discounts on the Open Water Diver course.

Find below the FAQs for the VA Program.

If you have any more questions, or you are ready to enroll, call us at 719-599-3483 or contact Drew at for more information.

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


Do I need to be certified to enroll in the program?

Yes, Open Water certification or the equivalent RSTC/ISO certification is required for enrollment.

When are the classes?

The classes are taken at your own pace as they come up on our schedule. Classes typically start every month to every-other month for recreational courses and every-other month to every couple of months for professional level courses.

How long does the program take to complete?

The average program length for students is 6-9 months depending on student ability to make regularly scheduled classes and depending on what certification level is desired.

Is there gear included in the program?

Yes! The required equipment for the Divemaster class is a full kit of SCUBA gear and is issued at that time.

Gear rental fees during courses through the program are waived for all VA Program students.

What classes are included in the program?

Classes are broken down into the listed smaller programs that contain the following courses/specialties:


Advanced Training, React Right (CPR/First Aid), DAN DEMP (O2 provider, hazardous marine life injuries, neurological assessment), Rescue, Search & Recovery.


Altitude, Deep, Drysuit, Equipment Techniques, Navigation, Night, Nitrox, Perfect Buoyancy, Science of Diving, Divemaster.

Find the details for each of the specialties here!


Assistant Instructor, Open Water Instructor, DAN DEMP Instructor, React Right Instructor.


10 Specialty instructor ratings of the student’s choice.


Assistant Instructor Trainer

Do you accept transfer credit?

Yes! All previous training and experience will be considered for transfer credit.