Technical Diver Instructor Program

Our SCUBA Divemaster Program for Elite Professionals will produce highly qualified and employable professionals with advanced teaching ratings and certifications.


We are currently eligible to use GI Bill® benefits for this program and our school is nationally accredited by ACCET, which also allows us to accept Tuition Assistance for this program.

Our Program includes the following courses:

  • PADI Tec 40 Diver
  • PADI Tec 45 Diver
  • PADI Tec 50 Diver
  • PADI Rebreather Diver
  • PADI Tec Trimix Diver
  • Tec Instructor
  • Tec Deep Instructor
  • Tec Gas Blender Instructor
  • Tec Trimix Instructor
  • Tec Sidemount Instructor


This program is now covered by GI Bill education funding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cost: $17,200.00

Additional Fees:

How and where do I signup?
To signup please email, call (252-728-2265) or just stop in to Discovery Diving (if using Tuition Assistance please see below).

How long will the program take?
To graduate, the student must complete all of the classes, as well as 60 ocean dives. This could take anywhere from 4 to 6 months, depending on how dedicated the student is and how often they dive. You will complete about 40 dives with our instructors, which means that you will be responsible for the additional 20 dives on your own.

How often will I be going to classes/diving?

The student is not required to take a class every weekend, but if they wish to complete the program faster, we will generally have a dives available for them to take at least once a week. Most classes will be held on weekends. But for example: Enriched Air specialty just requires classroom time, so we may schedule them on weekday evenings and some classes i.e. the Advanced Class may class time on a Friday evening to expedite the dives that following weekend. We are flexible; we understand that we have to work with many different schedules. We are eager to have students complete the program so we will do everything that we can to accommodate your needs.

What do I need to do before I Start My Class?

  1. Tell all your friends you are taking SCUBA diving course and ask them if they would like to join you.
  2. Please read the first three modules of the PADI Open Water Manual and complete the Knowledge Reviews at the end of each module.
  3. Please complete the Medical Form enclosed with your student package, if you answer yes to any of the questions you will need to have a signed medical release form on the first day of class.
  4. You will need to provide your own mask, fins, booties, and snorkel. If you would like to schedule an appointment for a personal fitting prior to your first day of class, please give us a call. You may also wait until after the first day of class during which we will give a very important lecture on the proper fit of equipment.
  5. We will provide the rest of your SCUBA equipment for your class, pool, and ocean sessions.
  6. Note class times and date. Promptness is appreciated.
  7. Practice putting your face in water with your snorkel in your mouth (no mask on) in a bathtub, pool, etc. and practice being able to breathe in through your mouth and out through your nose 2 or 3 times without lifting your face out of the water and with out holding your nose.
  8. Collect high school transcript and submit to DDC.

Where do I meet for my first class?
Students will need to come to Discovery Diving Co. 414 Orange St. in Beaufort NC 28516 252-728-2265(SCUBA OK)

What do I need to bring for my first class?
On the first day, you will need to bring your Open Water Manual and Dive tables. You will also need to bring your bathing suit/towel on the first day.

How do I sign up for VA/GI Bill funding?
  1. Download, fill out and bring back in a copy of the Enrollment Agreement.
  2. Download a copy of the Course Catalogue and the training schedule, please note that attendance is mandatory but understanding that some students are still active duty we will do what we can to work around operational commitments.
  3. Apply for or transfer your VA/GI Bill Benefits:
    • If you have not yet applied for your VA/GI Bill Benefits you need to download and fill out VA .
    • If you have already used some of your benefits you’ll need to transfer the remanding funds to us and can do this by downloading and filling out VA .
    • This can all be done online at .
    • When applying, the name of the school is Discovery Diving Co., Inc. and the name of the program is Open Water SCUBA Instructor Certificate.
  4. Collect high school transcript and submit to DDC
  5. Return the Enrolment Agreement with copies of any SCUBA certifications we can apply for credit.
  6. You’ll then receive an acceptance letter and receipt of transfer credit information.
  7. Depending on the type of VA/GI Bill benefits you qualify for there are a few other things you’ll need to know:
    • If you are post 9-11, you are pretty much done. Tuition and fees will be paid directly to Discovery Diving, books and supplies money will go directly to you.
    • If you are pre 9-11, you will need to certify that you are attending monthly (submit forms online) and you will be responsible for paying the tuition monthly once you’ve received your monthly stipend.
  8. We can not guarantee that your VA benefits will pay for this as we do not make the call on who gets the benefits or what amount. You are ultimately responsible for the cost of the course ($5,630.00).

What does the VA/GI Bill cover? The VA/GI Bill will currently pay the $5,630.00 which covers tuition and books. Also you will need to apply for any Per Diem or Stipends directly.

Is lodging available? We will have discounted lodging in one of our Lodges on a space available basis.

Where can I go for more information? For more information on the program, please call Discovery Diving Co. at 252 728 2265 or email us at

Where can I go for more information about my VA/GI Bill benefits? For more information on using your VA/GI Bill benefits, please click the following link:

How do I sign up for the program and receive TA funding?

Where can I go for more information on Tuition Assistance? Education:

Where can I go for more information?
For more information on the program, please call Discovery Diving Co. at 252 728 2265 or email us at

Are there any additional costs that TA does not cover?
Yes. Tuition assistance does not cover your scuba gear or the text book. You will be responsible for bringing your snorkel gear to your first class (see above question). After your Open Water class you are responsible for renting or purchasing your own gear. Overall, buying high quality gear will cost you about the same amount as renting gear for the duration of your program.

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Thanks to your professional staff for the great dive day today. Despite the fact that I was sea sick over half of the ride, the dives were excellent. I will share my experience with others looking to dive in this area. Thanks

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My son Kevin and I had a great time diving this past Saturday and Sunday (Labor Day weekend). Captain and mates were all top notch and we will definitely be return visitors. Here's a link to a short video hot on the Papoose on Sunday

Thanks again, Arthur Carter
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I am Flying! Thanks for temp card, GREAT instruction and FUN! Love diving with you guys and looking forward to coming down again soon - it's like a big family there. The sharks at the Indra this weekend were AWESOME. I'm hooked.

John Matthews, North Carolina
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Divers and Friends of Goddard Sea Ventures – I thought I would share a good news story with you. Last Saturday, Oren, Russ, Yury, Amy Riggs and myself were out diving in Morehead City with Capt. Leroy of Discovery Diving. We were on our second dive at the Titan, a small tug boat that is considered “in shore.” The forecast had radically changed early Saturday morning as a cold front had dipped a little further south than expected. Winds were already picking up and there was some chop. As we came up, our camera equipment was handed up to the boat. When we got back to the dock, it was discovered that Oren’s video light had fallen off during the equipment handling at the dive site. We planned to do a search and recovery at the same site the next day. The winds picked up and all Sunday dives were cancelled. We packed up and drove home. On Monday, I received a call from Dave at Discovery informing me that a light had been recovered at the Titan by a diver from Olympus. The dive community in Morehead City was aware that Leroy had been at the Titan on Saturday, so the light was handed over to Leroy. I described Oren’s light to Dave and he confirmed that it was indeed Oren’s light. As with most dive equipment, this light is highly specialized and a bit pricey. Discovery has mailed the light back to Oren. I find it refreshing to be reminded that there are honest people who communicate among each other. Let this experience become a shining example of cooperation, no pun intended! A very special thanks to Olympus Dive Center and Discovery Diving from Goddard Sea Ventures

Mike Weiss Goddard Sea Ventures
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Just dropping a line to say thanks to you guys for a great week. Your efforts to our vacation is greatly appreciated and is the source for our returning. Thanks to all....looking fwd to 2013..

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Janelle, Neil, Debby and all, Thanks for temp card, GREAT instruction and FUN! Love diving with you guys and looking forward to coming down again soon - it's like a big family there. The sharks at the Indra this weekend were AWESOME. I'm hooked.

Feel free to join me in Belize! Tricia
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Thanks for the great diving over the past weeks! What an amazing place to dive, North Carolina! We will certainly be back. Your operation, from the shop, to the boats, to the crews of the boats, are exceptional. You are the best.

Jeff and Ela from Eugene
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We want to thank you guys for the great time Elias had while taking the certification class and while diving after he passed. Every one was really welcoming and nice and he had an amazing time. He can't wait to come back. The hospitality of the South lives to its standards. A special thanks to Sandra who was our first contact and made our trip happens.

Merci a tous et a bientot !

Elias, Veronique and Cyrii
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is is just a note of thanks to all who have touched on my experience with your operation and this course. I want to let you all know that I am very pleased and impressed with all that you have done to get me completed on this introduction to Diving. I consider all aspects of our communications, your handling of the medical forms and the actual instruction as first class and very professional. With Janelle's lead and able assistance by Sara and Christi, I felt very confident and comfortable throughout the process. I am glad to have done this and feel very good about being prepared for the appropriate diving adventures on our French Polynesia cruise in March.


George Scherer