G.I. Bill®

Helping 2 Overcome (H2O) joins NAUI! We are proud to announce that 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!"

This program is designed for veterans by veterans. Service members who qualify can be reimbursed for their certifications and licensing exams. Restrictions follow same guidelines as the VA licensing and certification reimbursement program – please refer to this website: https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/how-to-use-benefits/test-fees/

Service members can use one month of G.I. Bill® benefits per certification or license exam and can progress as far as they want. Service members can use up to one month to six months of benefits to get scuba certified or become a NAUI dive professional. Please see exams and prices below:

Helping 2 Overcome will also DONATE gear to all GI Bill® users. This gear is donated by Helping 2 Overcome and is not part of your GI Bill Benefits – it is a donation from us to you – it is our way to encourage you and enable you to continue to enjoy the benefits of SCUBA far after your certification classes.


Certification Level Gear Donated by H2O
Basic Level Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Booties, Bag
Advanced Level BCD (Buoyancy Control Device)
Rescue Level Regulator Set
Master Level Computer


VA Exam Catalog


Exam Name Price
NAUI Instructor NES-VA001 $2000
NAUI Assistant Instructor NES-VA002 $2000
NAUI Divemaster NES-VA003 $2000
NAUI Instructor Trainer NES-VA004 $2000
NAUI Course Director NES-VA005 $2000
Force Blue Scientific Diver NES-VA007 $2000
Force Blue Assistant Scientific Diver NES-VA008 $2000
Public Safety Diving NES-VA009 $2000



Exam Name Reimbursment Price
NAUI Basic Level Scuba Certification NES-VA010

Electives: Choose one elective

NAUI Advanced Level Scuba Certification NES-VA011

Electives: Choose one elective

Rescue Scuba Diver Certification NES-VA012

Electives: Choose one elective

Master Scuba Diver Certification NES-VA013

Electives: Choose one elective


Professionals are defined as Divemasters, Diving Instructors, Instructor Trainers, and Course Directors - all of these professionals licenses are considered true vocational programs. These licenses can provide full-time employment with lucrative pay.

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 at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill 

Getting Started

Step 1:

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 2:

Apply for your G.I. Bill® benefits.

How to apply for the G.I. Bill® and related benefits go to 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 and bring them to:

Veterans Recovery Resources
1156 Springhill Ave
Mobile AL 36604

Or email them to:

Step 3:

H2O staff and instructors will contact you to set up your training schedule and to provide you with any further information you may need.

Step 4:

Upon completion of all exams, the NAUI VA testing center 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).

H2O staff and instructors will contact you to set up your training schedule and to provide you with any further information you may need.

Ready to get started or need more information contact us at h2o@vetsrecover.org