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GSTA Open Water Scuba 2018

This year Gold Star Teen Adventures is taking our eager and adventurous teens to get their Open Water certification to Key West. We will be staying at the United States Army Combat Dive School. While there, Gold Star teens will complete 2 days of pool training then off to the ocean for their open water dives. Once certified we will head to Key Largo for a different underwater view.  This trip promises to be an exciting adventure filled with learning new skills, earning Open Water Certification and lots of activities out of the water!

Get ready to dive!!!





July 15th – Travel Day
Arrive at Base
Dinner and Get Dive Gear

July 16th
800 Morning Refresher
– Classroom – Academic
– Pool test
1300 Confined Water 2 & 3
Volleyball tournament

July 17th
800 Confined Water 4 / Final Review
1200 Leave for Dive Boat
1300 Open Water Dives 1 & 2
1700 Arrive back at base
Surprise Activity

July 18th
800 Leave for Dive Boat
830 Morning Open Water Dives 3 & 4
1300 Afternoon 2 Tank Wreck Dive
1700 Arrive back at Base
GSTA Obstacle Course

July 19th
800 Leave for Dive Boat
830 Morning 2 Tank Wreck Dive
Lunch at the Dock
1300 Afternoon 2 Tank Wreck Dive
1700 Arrive back at Base
Evening Dive

July 20th
Beach Day
Awards Ceremony

July 21st
Travel Day

  • Must be United States Special Operations Command Gold Star Youth
  • Minimum age for children: 12
  • Maximum age for youth: 18
  • All youth must be physically capable and medically qualified. This adventure has a challenge rating of 4 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most challenging. All diving will be taught and supervised by qualified professional instructors.

SCUBA Diving

Is Scuba diving safe?

Like any adventure sport, there are potential hazards. All of our diving instructors are qualified and current and our staff ensure that all industry safety guidelines are strictly adhered to.

Is it hard to learn?

Scuba diving is fun and easy to learn. It’s probably easier than you imagine — especially if you’re already comfortable in the water. Our entry-level course consists of pool diving, knowledge development, fundamentals and open water dives. The course is performance based, meaning that you progress as you learn and demonstrate knowledge and skill. Our advanced course builds on the skills learned in the Adventure Open Water Scuba Camp.

I have had asthma and/or ear problems in the past. Can I still dive?

Unfortunately, there are certain medical issues such as asthma and ear problems that can be problematic to diving. We are not medical experts, so it is difficult to give a definite answer to this question. Prior to participation in our open water diving course, a diving medical form that must be signed by a doctor. The bottom line is “safety first.”

Does a parent have to attend our Adventure Diving Camps with their child?

No, parents do not attend the dive adventures.

Can a waiver be granted if the teen is not yet 12?

Although 10 years old is an acceptable age by industry standards, Gold Star Teen Adventures will only conduct training with youth 12 years of age and older.