305-743-2444 (Marathon) • 305-872-9863 (Big Pine Key) • 305-296-3823 (Key West)

Capt. Hook’s NAUI VA Program


Capt. Hook’s NAUI DOD SkillBridge Program

Transform Your Military Skills into a Thriving Dive Career with Capt. Hook’s

As you approach retirement or separation from active duty, imagine launching your next career in the thriving dive industry. Through the DOD SkillBridge program, Capt. Hook’s, in partnership with the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), offers a unique and exciting opportunity for service members transitioning to civilian life.

Why Choose Capt. Hook’s?

Comprehensive Training: Our carefully crafted curriculum transforms you from an inexperienced or novice diver into a dive professional. You’ll gain deep insights and extensive training in all aspects of operating a successful dive shop.

Career Opportunities: Many of our trainees find their new calling with us. We frequently hire program graduates to join our dynamic team, providing stable and rewarding career paths right here at Capt. Hook’s.

Expert Guidance: Led by our experienced Course Director, Frank, our program ensures you receive top-tier training and support every step of the way. Frank is just a call away at 305-872-9863 to discuss how we can tailor this opportunity to fit your career aspirations.

Get Started Today!

Eager to dive into your future? Visit the NAUI Armed Forces page for in-depth information about how military service members like you can transition into the dive industry: NAUI Armed Forces.

Let Us Help You Along The Way!

Ready to take the plunge with Capt. Hook’s? Explore our program details and secure your spot easily. Just visit Capt. Hook’s NAUI DOD SkillBridge Internship, click on the “BUY NOW” button, and enter your information. We’ll follow up promptly to get you started on this exciting journey.

The Florida Keys is a great place to learn. We have affordable housing available while you go through this program with Capt. Hook’s.

Your adventure as a professional diver begins here—connect with us to shape your future beyond the military.

Use Your Benefits to Take These NAUI VA Courses

Today, you can use your G.I. Bill® to pay for SCUBA courses. We offer several NAUI VA courses and we are adding more. Our NAUI instructors can train you starting with Basic Level Open Water Diver all the way to Instructor level now. If you are already a diver and want to enhance your skills, and who wouldn’t, this is the perfect opportunity for that. If you wish to pursue a career in diving, we can get you there as well. Let’s take a look at the courses available to you.

Getting Started

Use these steps to get you 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.

Step 3:

We are a NAUI Approved VA Testing Center. You can select the course you are interested in by clicking on the “Book Now” button under that course to learn more about the course and start your booking (see above). Questions? Call (305) 872-9863 for Big Pine Key, (305) 296-3823 for Key West, and (305) 743-2444 for Marathon to speak with our friendly staff to help you through the process. Be sure to bring in your VA statement of benefits you printed in Step 2 to us when you come in for your training with us. Let’s make you a diver or start a new career!

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).

Veteran’s Day – Free Day!

Join Us! Pick the location you would like to snorkel or dive by selecting the appropriate “Book Now” button. Complete your booking to reserve your spot on the boat! We will call you to determine whether you will be diving or snorkeling and then confirm your reservation on the boat, send your waivers and answewr any questions you may have.  Space is limited so the earlier you book the better.  Veterans and their family are all eligible for our free day.  Thank you for your service.

Please do not take up space on the boat if you are uncertain if you will attend or not.  Unfortunately, if you do not show it will just eliminate the opportunity for someone else to enjoy the free day.

Questions about our veterans day free day?

Get in touch with our staff today!

(305) 872-9863 for Big Pine Key
(305) 296-3823 for Key West
(305) 743-2444 for Marathon