If you are a United States Veteran, we want to, first of all, thank you for your service to our country.
We do not take our freedom lightly, and we are thankful for the hard work and service of our men and women in our armed forces.
Are your interested in using your VA Benefits towards an exciting new career as a PADI Scuba Diving Professional? Our affiliate school, Florida Keys Diving Institute, has their PADI Career Development Center (CDC) course curriculum accepted by the Veterans Affairs Administration.
We are very enthusiastic to be able to help our Vets develop a career in diving! With all our courses accepted by the Veterans Administration, a candidate can enter our program at any level of experience. If you are not a certified diver yet, not a problem, you can start our program as a beginner and continue on through the PADI Instructor Course. As a PADI Instructor, you can also continue on and gain additional experience in our post IDC courses and work towards the prestigious level of PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.
Applying/Transferring VA/GI Bill® Benefits:
Important Factors to Consider
PADI Preparatory and Professional Level 1 (PADI Divemaster)
This course is simply where you get the chance to become Zero to Hero. Not certified yet? No problem, with this program you can take the steps needed in order to gain the certifications needed to eventually become a professional PADI Divemaster. The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems.
You’ll gain dive knowledge, management, and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere. As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you.
PADI Preparatory and Professional Level 2 (PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor/IDC)
If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals.
You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours. With these courses, it is also required to take our Emergency First Response Instructor course.
PADI Preparatory and Professional Level 3 (PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer/MSDT)
The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating sets you apart as a dive instructor who takes continuing education seriously and is committed to teaching a variety of courses. (Potential employers like this.)
Being an MSDT signifies that you’ve got the experience and certifications to offer all the training a diver needs to become a Master Scuba Diver – the ultimate recreational diver rating. All PADI Instructors who have certified at least 25 PADI Divers and have earned at least five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications can be Master Scuba Diver Trainers.
Contact us if you are interested or have questions regarding using your VA Benefits towards our scuba courses!