PADI would like to thank all current and former members of the military for their service.

As divers, we owe so much to the military divers and scientists who helped establish many of the recreational diving best practices we follow today. Ever wonder where the 40-meter/130 foot recreational depth limit comes from? Answer: the U.S. Navy.

Below is a list of locations around the world that offer military discounts and special programs for veterans. We’ve also included veteran-owned PADI Dive Shops.

The list is by no means comprehensive. Please contact your local dive shop to find out what programs they may offer.

To honor current and former military members, PADI is proud to offer a 15% military discount on PADI eLearning courses (excluding the PADI Divemaster course and any available eLearning bundles). Click the button below to browse all the available eLearning courses, and use code MILITARY15DIVE at check out.*


Dive and Cruise Gold Coast (Main Beach, QLD)
Military members leaving the service can participate in the ReSurface programme. After a Discover Scuba® Diving Experience, dive training can be funded through T.A.F.E.


CoJo Diving (Lincoln, NB)

Offers a 10% military discount on most products and services for Canadian Forces Members (which covers all who qualify for CFOne). CoJo also partners with Canex for a No Interest Credit Plan.

Dive Force Scuba (Trenton, ON)

Owned and operated by a 24-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, Dive Force Scuba specializes in serving past, present and future veterans.

La Scubathèque (Québec City, QC)

Course Director Frank Lafleur is a Police Militaire (Forces armées canadiennes) veteran.

Pacific Divers Scuba Club (Comox, BC)

A Personnel Support Program operating within the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services. Membership is open to current military members, veterans, DND employees and dependents (spouse and dependent children).


Buddha Divers (Valparaíso)

Assists active members of the Chilean military forces (Naval and Army) to get better qualifications and positions through diving and PADI Public Safety Diver™ certifications. Assists former members to start a new profession and open their own diving business.

a warship on the sea


Warfighter Scuba (Roatan)

Provides free scuba certifications to veterans from NATO countries with combat wounds. Transportation, training, accommodation and food are funded by donations. There is no cost for the wounded veteran.


Planet Scuba India (Bengaluru, Karnataka)

Provides military diving equipment and training including altitude and dry suit diving.

Scuba Evolution India (Bardez, Goa)

Founders and operators Skandan Warrier and Vishwanath Rajan are both Indian Navy veterans. 


Dive Post (Valkenburg ZH and Zoetermeer)

Dive Post offers free Discover Scuba to veterans through the charitable organization De Gewonde Soldaat (The Wounded Soldier).

Discovery Divers (Veenendaal)

Also offers free Discover Scuba experiences for veterans.

United Kingdom

London School of Diving (London)

All members of Britain’s Armed Forces receive a 20% military discount on any recreational scuba diving experience or courses.

Cardiff Scuba (Cardiff, Wales)

Offers the PADI Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver courses free of charge to military personnel through Help for Heroes.

ScubaQuest (Chepstow, England)

Also offers the PADI Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver courses free of charge to military personnel through Help for Heroes.

United States

Force Blue

Special ops veterans and military-trained combat divers can receive training and redeploy on marine conservation missions. 

Patriots for Disabled Divers

Patriots for Disabled Divers provides scuba training and therapeutic experiences to people with disabilities. Founded in 2009 by Jeff Currer, a retired US Navy Captain and his wife Merial, Patriots for Disabled Divers has trained more than 600 wounded military veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI, amputations and other injuries. Read their stories.


Kadena Marina (Kadena Air Base, Okinawa)

Tsunami Scuba (MCCS Okinawa)

Dive Oahu Navy Exchange (Oahu, Hawai’i)

NEX Dive/Micronesian Divers Association (Guam)

California (Costa Mesa) offers a 6% discount for members of the military and their families, veterans and first responders. Visit for more information.


Rainbow Reef (Key Largo, FL)

10% military discount for active duty personnel (except IDC-level courses), VA-approved, chapter 31 VR&E, chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefit. Learn more.

E.A.S.E. (Vero Beach, Florida) 

VA-approved, chapter 31 VR&E, chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit. Learn more.

Pura Vida Divers (Singer Island, Riviera Beach, FL)

VA-approved education facility, GI Bill benefit-eligible. Learn more

Emerald Coast Scuba (Destin, FL)

Emerald Coast Scuba is a VA-approved education facility for the Post 9-11 GI Bill. The Florida Department of Veterans’ State Approving Agency has approved Emerald Coast Scuba for veterans’ educational training, and Emerald Coast Scuba has signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) for the Department of Defense Skillbridge Program and US Special Operations Command Warrior Care Program Internship Initiative.

Sea Experience (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

VA-approved, chapter 31 VR&E, chapters 30, 31, 33 and 35 Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit. Learn more.


Aaron’s Dive Shop (Oahu)

Active duty military received a 10% discount (excludes tanks and weights), VA-approved. Learn more.

Dive Oahu (Oahu)

Use GI-Bill (chapter 30 or 33) to take any professional-level dive courses, including Divemaster and Instructor training. Learn more.

Reef Pirates (Oahu)

Active Duty U.S. Military members receive a USD $15 discount. CAC and certification card required, visit Reef Pirates’ website for additional details.

Trident Adventures (Oahu)

U.S. Navy SEAL owned and operated, offers Navy SEAL experiences.


Dive Right In Scuba (Multiple Locations)

Dive Right In Scuba was founded by a Vietnam veteran and is a proud leader of veteran employment in Illinois, USA. As a VA-approved dive shop, veterans and their beneficiaries may use G.I. Bill benefits to learn to dive and start a new career as a scuba instructor. The shop also posts an annual video tribute to veterans.

Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Operation Blue Pride 

Since 2014, Operation Blue Pride has financed Open Water Diver and continuing education certifications for 300+ local veterans. The organization also offers Discover Scuba Diving, refresher programs and guided dives in Cape Ann and Plymouth, Massachusetts, Cumberland and Fort Wetherill, Jamestown, Rhode Island. The donor-supported organization pays for online training, pool sessions, and open water shore dives. Equipment is available at low or no cost.

New York (New York City) offers a 6% discount for members of the military and their families, veterans and first responders. Visit for more information.

North Carolina

Discovery Diving (Beaufort, NC)

VA-approved, GI Bill benefits-eligible. Learn more.


Escuela Naval de Venezuela (Estado Vargas)

Trains Venezuelan Naval officers and special task forces from other military groups.



Evo isn’t a scuba retailer, but they offer military discounts on beach gear and equipment for other water sports. Learn more.

Ready to dive into the healing and adventurous world of scuba diving? Click the button below for more information on the first step in becoming a certified scuba diver, the PADI Open Water Diver course.

Remember, as a military member or veteran, you can save 15% on the PADI Open Water Diver eLearning and other PADI eLearning courses by using the promo code MILITARY15DIVE at check out.*

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