GI Bill® Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions…

Q – What is my service obligation before being eligible for benefits

A – Generally, you must serve a minimum of 3 years Active Duty to be eligible for 100% of benefits, but each veteran is encouraged to contact their VA representative as each career may be different in the types of service (Reserve Component on Active Duty tours, for instance).

Q – What benefits are approved to use for training with Dive Oahu?

A – If approved, our school accepts the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, the Vocational Rehabilitation, and Employment benefits. Although we can’t accept tuition assistance at this time, you should consult with your VA representative about which GI Bill® benefits you’re qualified to use for training. The calculation to find the consumption rate of benefits is .1973 is equivalent to 1 month of benefits. To determine the amount of your benefit used for training, a general calculation every $1,973 in tuition and equipment is approximately equivalent to 1 month of GI Bill® Benefits used.  For example, our PADI Divemaster Program includes Open Water Scuba Diver certification through Divemaster certification and uses approximately 4.77 months of your benefits.  We do prorate the programs if you already have some of the PADI certifications.  This is an approximate calculation only, so please contact your VA rep after consulting with Dive Oahu’s VA Program Manager.

Q – OK, I’m interested in using my GI Bill® benefits to enroll in training…how long does the program last?

A – Enrolling in one of Dive Oahu’s training courses by using your GI Bill® benefits is a serious commitment. You will train 4 days a week; including Saturdays and Sundays. In order to provide the highest level of education, we maintain attendance, grades, and performance ratings. Any missed class could result in make-up fees, an extended term, and/or dis-enrollment. In addition to the mandatory class days, you are also required to dive on your off days in order to fulfill your program requirements.

11 weeks from Open Water to Dive Master
10 weeks from Advanced Open Water to Divemaster
9 weeks from EFR/Rescue to Divemaster
7 weeks for Divemaster only
7 weeks for Open Water Scuba Instructor including Emergency First Response Instructor Course
4 weeks for Master Scuba Diver Trainer
7 weeks for Instructor Development Course Staff

Q – What about dive equipment and accessories?

A – Each program comes with a specific set of gear which will be distributed on the first day of class. You must receive this gear and there are no substitutions. All issued equipment is MANDATORY for class training. If you already have gear, we are still required to issue this equipment to you.

For more information on specific gear:

Q – I am eligible to use VA education benefits. How can I use those benefits to fund my training?

A – All VA students must file an application prior to starting school. Those who provide the school with a current COE may start class prior to the school receiving payment from the VA. Those who chose not to provide a COE must wait to start class until the school receives payment.  Students who haven’t received VA benefits before must file an original application (VA Form 22-1990). Students who have received VA benefits before must file a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995).

Education enrollment status and applications for benefits can be viewed/submitted online at:

Contact one of our Education Coordinators to assist you with this process.


Q – How is the consumption rate of VA benefits calculated?

A – The annual cap for non-college degree granting institutions for the 2018 academic year (August 1, 2018 – July 31, 2019) is $23,671.94. This translates into $1,972.66 equals to 1 month of VA education benefits. Dividing the overall cost of each course by $1,972.66 will determine the amount of benefit used in each program.

More information can be found here:

Q – What should I bring to class?

A – You are required to bring all of your necessary materials for class. Prior to your first day, your instructor will give you more specifics on what to bring. The equipment required for academic training, pool training, and open water training varies.

Q – Once I graduate as a PADI Divemaster or PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, what next?

A – Dive Oahu, a PADI Five Star Career Development Center (CDC), has been serving Oahu’s dive community for over 27 years and has developed a reputation for excellence, earning several PADI awards. We have three on site Course Directors and several senior Master Instructors and IDC Staff Instructors actively teaching students at all levels. We’re committed to providing you with the highest quality training. Many of our students find employment with Dive Oahu as we have an extensive dive charter, dive training, and retail business. We promote Continued Education and offer the full range of PADI Specialties and Instructor level certification courses.

Q – I don’t see the answer to my questions in your FAQ…how do I contact you?

A –If you don’t see the answer to your question on this page, please contact our VA Program Manager at (808) 922-3483 or email us at Our main dive center at 609 Keawe is open 7a – 7p Monday – Sunday, so come by and check us out.