You can use your G.I. Bill® to pay for many of our scuba courses. We offer a wide selection of programs from which you can choose. Are you interested in learning to dive, improve your diving skills, and becoming a dive professional? The G.I. Bill® can help you accomplish this. Through this series of programs, you will learn the basics of diving and progress up this guided path to become a professional diver. We can help "Take You as Deep as You Want to Go!" Please contact us for the details on how to do this.
This program is designed for veterans by veterans. Freedom Scuba Corp. is an approved instructor development center for any service member, retiree, or family member(s) that have the G.I. Bill® benefits. Service members who qualify can be reimbursed for their certifications and licensing through Freedom Scuba Cop. Restrictions follow same guidelines as the VA licensing and certification reimbursement program – please refer to this website https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/how-to-use-benefits/test-fees/
Service members are able to use one month of G.I. Bill® benefits per class and can progress as far as they want. Service members can use up to one month to six months of benefits to get scuba certified or become a professional. Please see classes and prices below:
Couse Name Price
NAUI Instructor NES-VA001 $2000
NAUI Assistant Instructor NES-VA002 $2000
NAUI Divemaster NES-VA003 $2000
NAUI Instructor Trainer NES-VA004 $2000
NAUI Course Director NES-VA005 $2000
NAUI Course Director Trainer NES-VA006 $2000
Course Name Price
NAUI Basic Level Scuba Certification NES-VA010 $1500
NAUI Advanced Level Scuba Certification NES-VA011 $1500
Rescue Scuba Diver Certification NES-VA012 $1500
Search and Recovery Diver
Master Scuba Diver Certification NES-VA013 $1500
Professionals are defined as Divemasters, Diving Instructors, Instructor Trainers, and Course Directors - all of these professionals licensing are considered true vocational programs. These licensing can provide full-time employment with lucrative pay.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill
Learn about G.I. Bill® eligibility requirements and find out if you can get these benefits. VA education benefits can help you pay your tuition, pick out a school, choose a career, and more. If you’re an active-duty service member or Veteran, a member of the National Guard or Reserves, or a qualified survivor or dependent, find out if you can get VA education benefits through the G.I. Bill® and other educational assistance programs.
Apply for your G.I. Bill® benefits.
How to apply for the G.I. Bill® and related benefits go to the VA website at: https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/ and follow the directions.
If you have already applied for your benefits and just need to find out how many months of benefits you have left, please go to the VA website at: https://www.va.gov/education/gi-bill/post-9-11/ch-33-benefit/. and follow the steps on how to check your benefits.
Print out your VA statement of benefits you will need to take it to your NAUI approved VA testing center.
Bring your information to us at Bottom Time Charters Dive Shop at 4090 Shoal Line Blvd, Hernando Beach, FL 34607 and schedule the certification or license you want to take.
Upon completion of all exams. Bottom Time Charters Dive Shop will give you three documents and a presentation so you can submit for your VA reimbursement. (all reimbursements from the VA are first come first serve but it is taking about 30 to 60 days to receive your reimbursement from the VA).