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VA Approved Programs
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Use your GI-Bill® to Invest in your lifestyle
The Perfect Work & Life Balance

At Trident Adventures, we take immense pride in supporting our dedicated military service members by offering VA-approved programs tailored to their educational goals. Leveraging your GI-Bill® benefits (Chapter 30 or 33), our comprehensive offerings cater to eligible active-duty military personnel, dependents, veterans, and those seeking to broaden their horizons. Join us on a journey of excellence through two exceptional programs: the Helicopter Cast Master and PADI Scuba Dive Courses. Unlocking a world of possibilities, Trident Adventures invites you to harness the power of the GI-Bill® benefits and invest in a lifestyle that strikes the perfect balance between work and play. Why should anyone qualifying for these benefits choose to embark on this journey with us? The answer is clear: Trident Adventures is not just a place to earn certifications; it's a transformative experience led by former Navy SEALs, all veterans themselves. When you choose Trident, you're joining a community built by those who understand the unique challenges and ambitions of current and former US Military Service Members. Our programs, such as PADI Scuba Dive Courses and the Helicopter Cast Master Program, offer not just certifications, but a chance to showcase your leadership, responsibility, and expertise in a thrilling and adventurous environment. It's about expanding horizons, pursuing your passions, and achieving a work-life balance that empowers you to live life to the fullest. Choose Trident Adventures to invest in your future while embracing the present — a lifestyle where excellence knows no bounds!

    Who Can Join These Programs?
Eligible participants for Trident Adventures' programs include active-duty military personnel, dependents, veterans, and individuals seeking to utilize their GI-Bill® benefits (Chapter 30 or 33).
    How Do I Apply To The Programs?
To apply, you can either email or call Trident Adventures, and a representative will guide you through the application process. You can also find the details for the application process further down this page.
PADI Divemaster (DM)
Dive into a thrilling new chapter with our 7-week PADI Divemaster (DM) Course—an adventure specially crafted for military veterans navigating the exciting waters of post-retirement life. This immersive journey not only sharpens your diving skills but fosters a deep sense of responsibility, transforming you into a competent dive professional. From mastering underwater techniques to honing leadership qualities, this program offers a path to a fulfilling and adventurous lifestyle. Upon completion, proudly wear the coveted PADI Divemaster rating, signaling your entry into a world where each dive is a meaningful and exciting mission. Ready to embark on your next great underwater adventure?
Assistant Instructor (AI)
Reach into the next frontier with PADI Assistant Instructor certification and transition your passion for diving into the dynamic role of a dive educator. Immerse yourself in a world where teaching techniques seamlessly blend with the deep blue sea! This isn't just the next step—it's a leap toward becoming a certified PADI Assistant Instructor (AI). The AI COI is the essential bridge that propels you forward on your professional diving journey, laying the groundwork for the prestigious Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) certification. Ready to dive into the future of scuba instruction? Join the scuba education ranks, where the ocean becomes your classroom, and teaching takes on new depths beneath the waves. Seize the opportunity to professionally assist PADI course instructors and shape the next generation of divers. Your adventure into the depths of education begins here.
PADI Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI)
Embark on a life-saving journey with the Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI) course— a pivotal step toward becoming a well-rounded and certified scuba instructor. The EFRI course equips students with essential skills in Primary Care/Secondary Care, CPR, First-aid, and Care for Children. It's more than a certification; it's your passport to becoming a guardian of safety and well-being in the underwater realm. Envision mastering life-saving techniques, gaining proficiency in emergency response, and becoming the go-to expert in critical care scenarios. The EFRI certification is more than a prerequisite; it's a gateway to the pinnacle of scuba instruction — the Instructor Examination (IE), the grand finale of the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI). As an EFRI, you'll be empowered to guide and inspire others in the crucial step of emergency response. Your journey doesn't end with a certification; it begins with the responsibility to foster a culture of safety and preparedness. Ready to be at the forefront of emergency response in the underwater world? Enroll in the EFRI course and pave the way for a future where safety is paramount, and your skills as a certified instructor shine. Dive into the world of emergency first response—your gateway to excellence!
Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
Giant-stride into a new horizon with the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course—an exhilarating voyage designed for those seeking a fulfilling career after retirement. This course is open to dive students, active military, military veterans and those eligible for GI Bill benefits chapter 30 & 33. This course opens doors to a realm where passion meets profession. Imagine transitioning your love for diving into a certified skill set that allows you to share the wonders of the underwater world. The OWSI course goes beyond traditional training; it's a journey of transformation, turning your passion into a profession and connecting you with a vibrant scuba diving brotherhood. As a certified OWSI, you become more than an instructor; you become a storyteller of the ocean's mysteries. This is not just about teaching; it's about kindling the same passion in others and fostering a sense of camaraderie in the scuba community. With the GI Bill at your disposal, this is your opportunity to turn your post-retirement desires into a vibrant and rewarding career. Dive into the excitement—become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and let your new adventure begin!
Helicopter Cast Master (CM)
Embark on an extraordinary journey with Trident Adventures' Helicopter Cast Master (CM) Program — an exclusive course designed for those seeking a lifestyle of epic adventures. This transformative journey molds students into leaders, teaching them to oversee and provide safety for groups of helicopter jumpers. From orchestrating casting operations with FAA-certified helicopters to managing safety personnel, this course demands a comprehensive understanding of safety platforms and protocols. As a CM student, you'll take center stage, managing safety personnel from FAA-approved pilots to Coast Guard-certified boat captains and life guard-certified safety swimmers. The curriculum weaves intense waterborne practical training exercises, honing both subsurface and surface waterman rescue swimmer skills. The CM Course goes beyond the surface, providing extensive development in project management and emphasizing asset/personnel management. Upon graduation, you'll earn the coveted FAA recognized Trident Adventures Helicopter Cast Master commercial certification, officially qualifying you to perform professional-level CM duties within FAA-recognized Drop Zone (DZ) airspaces. Your vocational objective is clear — obtain the CM rating and certification, recognized as the only professional certification of its kind in the civilian sector within the United States of America. Are you ready to soar to new heights as a Helicopter Cast Master? Enroll now and redefine your limits! FLY JUMP DIVE! Do you have what it takes?
Davíd Rosario
Director Of Training & PADI Course Director
As a Marine Corps veteran and Director of Training at Trident Adventures, I've dedicated my life to serving our nation, and now I'm proud to serve fellow military service members. At Trident, we understand the unique challenges and aspirations that veterans bring to the table. That's why our Veterans Programs are crafted by veterans, for veterans. We're not just offering certifications; we're offering a community of support, a wealth of knowledge, and the camaraderie that comes from shared experiences. Trident Adventures is where you can truly thrive, honing your skills and embracing new adventures in a setting built on trust and shared values. Choose Trident Adventures, and let's embark on this journey together.
Professional training programs
Apply utilizing your GI-Bill® Benefits
   Bellow you will find a few documents required for enrollment in our programs. Send the completed packet electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or notify us after physically mailing in the forms to "3 Aloha Tower Dr Suite 1123, Honolulu, HI 96813". You will receive a printed copy of the Course Catalog when you come in for the gear and equipment fitting. (Note: The medical form MUST be completed by a licensed physician or PA)
   If you haven’t already, please  Click Here to apply for VA education benefits online. If you have any questions feel free to call +1 800-827-1000 Monday through Friday from 8am to 9pm Eastern time. Once you apply, you will either receive a certificate of eligibility or denial letter in the mail within 30 days.
   Prior Credit: Please send any transcripts (Military, College and Dive Certifications) to enroll even if they do not apply to the course. This is required by the VA just in case we can apply any previous training to reduce the cost to students.
   There is a checklist for a reminder of items to complete for enrollment. Once we have the required documents, we can submit everything to the VA for processing. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out at any time at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or call us at 808-762-3483 during the dive shop's open hours.
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Documents You Need To Apply