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VA benefits and rebreather training and equipment

Discussion in 'Rebreather Diving' started by oldenred, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. oldenred

    oldenred Angel Fish

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    I have spoken with my local dive shop and was informed that the VA will cover rebreather training and equipment. Where would be the best place to do this? I prefer closed circuit systems. Thanks
     
  2. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I can understand why the VA would cover dive training in preparation for a career, dive instructor for instance. Why would the VA cover rebreather training, for the same purpose?
     
  3. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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    depends on which rebreather you want and what you want to do with it. Me personally? I'd go to Florida and get one of the cave instructors who's logging boat loads of hours on the thing
     
  4. oldenred

    oldenred Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Pooler, GA
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    Guess I wasn't specific enough. Does anyone know a specific company that goes thru the VA for yhe above mentioned training and covers the sale of equipment?
     
  5. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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    I would contact ISC and talk to Leon if you can get a hold of him. That is likely your best bet for that route.
     
  6. 688ClassRebreather

    688ClassRebreather Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Maryland, USA
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    Hawaii Scuba University (Hawaii Scuba University | Professional Scuba Diver ) provides a full range of programs from Open Water up through CCR Tec 100 rebreather instructor. Many of the programs leading to professional certifications, such as Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) and TEC40 CCR Instructor, are VA approved and include all the needed gear.


    Specific information about the VA-approved TEC40 Rebreather Instructor program is available here: https://www.hawaiiscubauniversity.co...aining-hawaii/


    I am one of the CCR instructors at Hawaii Scuba University, and the lead for the Poseidon side of things. Please feel free to ask me any questions about the CCR courses. I am not up to speed on the administrative side including the rules on the VA programs. Those questions can be answered by email at registrar@hawaiiscubauniversity.com or by phone at 808-947-6583.
     
  7. blac86

    blac86 Banned

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    Location: Sarasota, Florida
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    Do you guys do AP? If not are you aware of a VA approved AP training center?
     
  8. 688ClassRebreather

    688ClassRebreather Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Maryland, USA
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    We do not do AP right now, but we will soon. Our Inspos are on their way here.
     
  9. CGOUGHN

    CGOUGHN Angel Fish

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    Location: Germany
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    The Dive Station/Florida Diving Institute in Orlando also accepts VA for rebreather programs. Diver level to Instructor level. They used to use Hollis Prism2's and Explorers, as well as Poseidon, but I think they are gravitating towards the DR O2ptima now.
     
  10. Capt Jim Wyatt

    Capt Jim Wyatt Hanging at the 10 Foot Stop Staff Member

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    Location: Key Largo
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    We have had the VA cover CCR training at Rainbow Reef.
     

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