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VETERANS PROGRAM Use Your G.I. Bill®

Use Your G.I. Bill®  With SA SCUBA SHACK 

Did you know you can use your G.I. Bill® to pay for many of our scuba certifications and licenses? You can choose from a wide selection of programs we offer. 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 these 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!" 

Who qualifies for the benefit?

This program is designed for veterans by veterans. SA Scuba Shack is an approved instructor development center for any service member, retiree, or family member(s) that have G.I. Bill® benefits. Qualifying members may be reimbursed for their certifications and related fees.  For VA licensing and certification reimbursement program details click here.

One to six months of your benefits may be applied toward becoming a NAUI Open Water DIver up to becoming a NAUI Instructor or NAUI Course Director.  Choose your path of becoming a Divemaster, Diving Instructor, Instructor Trainer, and a Course Director.

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.

How can you start learning now?

As veterans ourselves, we understand the committment you have made to/for our country.  Now we are making a committment to you (the Service Member):

  • Contact SA Scuba Shack and learn more about the VA Approved courses
  • Enroll in a VA Approved program with SA Scuba Shack
  • Browse the VA Approved Course Catalog for related courses, such as PADI Rescue Diver Search and Recovery Diver, Divemaster and Instructor

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.

 Step 1:

 Apply for your G.I. Bill® benefits.

Follow the link to apply for the G.I. Bill® and related benefits via 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 bring it to us. 

Step 2:

Upon completion of all exams. SA Scuba Shack 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).

Thank You For Your Service:

We want to "Thank You For Your Service".  Our Owners and many of our Intructor staff are veterans from all the branches of service. ( GO NAVY ! :) ).  Visit SA Scuba Shack and speak with one of our VA course councelors.  We will guide you through the process of using your GI Bill® Benefits and get you started on a rewarding path.