Divemaster Program

Discovery Diving Co., Inc.
414 Orange St
Beaufort, North Carolina 28516


Continuing Ed

Continuing Ed

Continuing Ed

Divemaster Program

The PADI Divemaster Program will qualify you as a PADI Divemaster. Divemaster is the first professional level within the PADI System of diver education and allows you to work as a training assistant on PADI courses and programs, supervise certified divers during pleasure diving experiences, and conduct some PADI programs independently. Becoming a PADI Divemaster consists of the following segments: knowledge development, practical application and the Divemaster final exam.

Program hours: 320

Program hours per week: 22.86


Open Water

Advanced Open Water

Search and Recovery

Enriched Air Nitrox

Equipment Specialty

Rescue Diver

O2 Provider


Divemaster Prep

Wreck Diver



2020 - 2021

Calendar 1 Dates
Term 1 1/4/2020 - 2/11/2020
2/12/2020 - 2/16/2020
Term 2 2/17/2020 - 4/7/2020
Break 4/8/2020 - 4/12/2020
Term 3 4/13/2020 - 5/27/2020


Calendar 2 Dates
Term 1 2/1/2020 - 3/10/2020
3/11/2020 - 3/15/2020
Term 2 3/16/2020 - 5/5/2020
Break 5/6/2020 - 5/10/2020
Term 3 5/11/2020 - 6/24/2020


Calendar 4 Dates
Term 1 3/14/2020 - 4/21/2020
4/22/2020 - 4/26/2020
Term 2 4/27/2020 - 6/16/2020
Break 6/17/2020 - 6/21/2020
Term 3 6/22/2020 - 8/5/2020


Calendar 5 Dates
Term 1 4/18/2020 - 5/26/2020
5/27/2020 - 5/31/2020
Term 2 6/1/2020 - 7/21/2020
Break 7/22/2020 - 7/26/2020
Term 3 7/27/2020 - 9/9/2020


Calendar 6 Dates
Term 1 5/9/2020 - 6/16/2020
6/17/2020 - 6/21/2020
Term 2 6/22/2020 - 8/11/2020
Break 8/12/2020 - 8/16/2020
Term 3 8/17/2020 - 9/30/2020


Calendar 7 Dates
Term 1 6/6/2020 - 7/14/2020
7/15/2020 - 7/19/2020
Term 2 7/20/2020 - 9/8/2020
Break 9/9/2020 - 9/13/2020
Term 3 9/14/2020 - 10/28/2020


Calendar 10 Dates
Term 1 7/18/2020 - 8/25/2020
8/26/2020 - 8/30/2020
Term 2 8/31/2020 - 10/20/2020
Break 10/21/2020 - 10/25/2020
Term 3 10/26/2020 - 12/9/2020


Calendar 12 Dates
Term 1 8/15/2020 - 9/22/2020
9/23/2020 - 9/27/2020
Term 2 9/28/2020 - 11/17/2020
Break 11/18/2020 - 11/22/2020
Term 3 11/23/2020 - 1/6/2021


Calendar 14 Dates
Term 1 9/12/2020 - 10/20/2020
10/21/2020 - 10/25/2020
Term 2 10/26/2020 - 12/15/2020
Break 12/16/2020 - 12/20/2020
Term 3 12/21/2020 - 2/3/2021


Calendar 15 Dates
Term 1 10/17/2020 - 11/24/2020
11/25/2020 - 11/29/2020
Term 2 11/30/2020 - 1/19/2021
Break 1/20/2021 - 1/24/2021
Term 3 1/25/2021 - 3/10/2021




Master Scuba Diver Trainer Program

This program will qualify you to teach 5 PADI Specialty courses from the PADI Specialy Instructor Programs Included in the curriculum are all required dives for each PADI Specialty and Apprentice Teaching experience to meet the MSDT certification requirement to certify 25 divers. At the completion of the program you will be able to apply to PADI for the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating.


Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor

Search and Recovery Specialty Instructor

Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor

Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty Instructor

Night Diver Specialty Instructor

Deep Diver Specialty Instructor


Programs Dates
Program 1 TBA

Program 2 TBA
Program 3 TBA
Program 4 TBA
Program 5 TBA
Program 6 TBA
Program 7 TBA
Program 8 TBA
Program 9 TBA
Program 10 TBA
Program 11 TBA
Program 12 TBA




2017-2018 Scientific Diver for Elite Professionals Calendar – 3 Term BAH - VA Approved – 402 Hours; 22 hrs/week



Term 1 Classes

               121 Peak Performance Buoyancy, 111 U/W Navigator, 410 Scientific Diver, 119 Digital U/W Photography

Term 2 Classes

               200 Advanced Open Water, 119 Digital U/W Photography, 412 DAN DFAPro, 120 Aware Fish, 300 Rescue

Term 3 Classes

               119 Digital U/W Photography & Analysis, 117 Aquarium, 116 Drift Diver, 411 Instrumentation, 413 Statistics,

               414 Data Visualization, 415 Oceanography, 416 Scientific Diver Trainer I



Calendar 1 Dates
Term 1 TBA
Term 2 TBA
Break TBA
Term 3 TBA



2019-2020 Public Safety Diver for Elite Professionals Calendar – 4 Term Program – BAH Friendly -VA Approved – 473 Hours; 22 hrs/week



Term 1 Classes

               400 Public Safety Diver, 111 U/W Navigator, 401 Public Safety Search and Recovery, 403 Public Safety


Term 2 Classes

               404 Public Safety Investigator, 118 Night Diver, 370 Public Safety Diver Trainer I

Term 3 Classes

               407 Public Safety Vehicle Recovery, 405 Public Safety Evidence Recovery, 114 Full Face Mask Diver, 112

               Drysuit Diver, 408 Public Safety U/W Metal Detector, 371 Public Safety Diver Trainer II

Term 4 Classes

               406 Public Safety Body Recovery, 402 Public Safety Surface Support Specialist, 409 Master PSD, 372

               Public Safety Diver Trainer III, 373 Public Safety Diver Trainer IV, 374 Public Safety Diver Trainer V             


Calendar 1 Dates
Term 1 TBA
Term 2 TBA
Break TBA
Term 3 TBA
Break TBA
Term 4


Calendar 2 Dates
Term 1 TBA
Term 2 TBA
Break TBA
Term 3 TBA
Break TBA
Term 4


IMG 2022 SD J2 SD J4

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:

  • Underwater Navigator
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Drift Diver
  • Aquarium Collecting Course
  • Digital Underwater Photography and Analysis
  • Aware Fish Identification
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Rescue Diver
  • Scientific Diver
  • Instrumentation
  • Dan DFAPro
  • Basic Statistics
  • Data Visualization
  • Basic Oceanography
  • Scientific Diver Training

This program is now covered by GI Bill® education funding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cost: $9,295.00

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. This could take approximately 5 months, depending on how dedicated the student is and how often they dive.

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 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 First Class?

  1. Tell all your friends you are taking SCUBA diving course and ask them if they would like to join you.
  2. Schedule an entrance interview.
  3. Please complete the Medical Form enclosed with your student package, please get your Medical form signed by your doctor since you are entering into a professional program.
  4. Note class times and date. Promptness is appreciated.
  5. 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?
 You will also need to bring your bathing suit/towel on the first day, as well as your full SCUBA kit.

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 Form 22-1990.
    • 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 Form 22-1995.
    • This can all be done online at VONAPP.
    • When applying, the name of the school is Discovery Diving Co., Inc. and the name of the program is Scientific Diver Program 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 ($9,295.00).

What does the VA/GI Bill® cover? The VA/GI Bill® will currently pay the $9,295.00 which covers tuition and books. Also you will need to apply for any Per Diem or Stipends directly.

Is lodging available? We offer discounted barracks style lodging for those commuting in on a weekly basis, as we have space available. 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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?

Military.com 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 gear to your first class (see above question). 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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