GSTA Scuba Academy

GSTA Scuba Academy

Our academy starts with our first scuba adventure, where teens are introduced to the wonders of the ocean. Teens become certified scuba divers through the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). Teens will not only become certified but can also conduct numerous additional dives that will enhance their capabilities and confidence underwater.

The second component of the academy is a weeklong adventure that teaches NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver and Enriched Air Nitrox Diver certifications. Here, teens will further advance their skills, learning to dive safely to deeper depths, conduct more advanced underwater navigation, dive in limited visibility, boat, and shore dive, and be introduced to wreck diving. Teens will conduct their advanced diving in some of the best diving sites around the world.

In years past, GSTA has taught the advanced courses in Belize, Central America, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, and in the Grand Cayman Islands. As divers gain the requisite skills, they will have the opportunity to challenge their underwater abilities as part of the GSTA Adventure Scuba. The GSTA Adventure Scuba is an exciting week of diving sunken ships and beautiful coral reefs while refining critical diving skills.  Teens will be trained and will practice more advanced diving skills to include buoyancy control, navigation, gas consumption and surveying the techniques for shipwrecks.

The final component of our diving academy is the NAUI Rescue Diver Certification. Here, teens will learn how to manage risks and effectively handle diving problems and emergencies, assisting and transporting divers as well as performing surface rescues and rescues from depth involving both boat and shore-based skin and scuba divers.

Like all of GSTA’s programs, this entire experience is life-changing, and will surely help teens build confidence and develop skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Our Scuba Adventures

Scuba Adventure 101

Key West | Summer 2021

Gold Star Teen Adventures will be offering an all-expenses-paid activity for teens to earn the NAUI Scuba Diver certification in the beautiful city of Key West, FL. We will be staying at the United States Army Combat Dive School. During their stay, teens will complete two days of pool training and conduct their open water dives on some of the most breathtaking reefs known to the
Florida Keys.

This adventure is a component of the GSTA Scuba Academy. Teens who aspire to continue developing their scuba diving skills following this adventure will have the opportunity to work towards multiple other higher-level diving certifications offered in the Academy. This trip promises to be an exciting adventure filled with learning new skills, earning open water certification, and many fun activities out of the water too!

The itinerary for this adventure will be posted soon. 

  • Minimum age for children: 14
  • All youth must be physically capable and medically qualified. 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. The Scuba 201 course builds on the skills learned in Scuba 101.

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.

Advanced Scuba Adventure 201

Key Largo | Summer 2021

GSTA will be heading to Key Largo! The NAUI Scuba divers will have the opportunity to earn NAUI Advanced certification and their Nitrox certification. We will be staying at Ocean Suites Resort. This adventure is open to  certified NAUI Scuba divers! Grab your sunscreen, your passport, and your sense of adventure!

The itinerary for this adventure will be posted soon.

  • Must be NAUI Scuba Diver certified
  • All youth must be physically capable and medically qualified.

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 Open Water Scuba Adventure.

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.

 

Adventure Scuba 301

Grand Cayman | Summer 2021

This year, Gold Star Teen Adventures is taking our experienced divers to the next level! We will be staying at Cobalt Coast Resort on Grand Cayman Island. While there, Gold Star teens will advance their skills in wreck surveying, buoyancy control, navigation and gas consumption. Gold Star teens will be diving at the best wrecks and reefs the Island has to offer, to include the 3000 ft Cayman Wall. This trip promises to be an exciting adventure filled with learning new skills, experiencing deeper and more technical diving, and seeing some incredible wrecks in the stunning waters of the Caribbean Sea.

This trip is for experienced GSTA divers and requires an Advanced Certification. Get ready for a diving experience you will never forget!

The itinerary for this application will be posted soon.

  • Participants must have their Advanced Scuba Certification for this event.
  • Age 14 - 19

SCUBA Diving

Is Scuba diving safe?

Like any adventure sport, there are potential hazards; however, all of our diving instructors are qualified and current. 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. 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 as you 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. Prior to participation in our open water diving course, there is 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 our adventures.

A passport is required for our international adventures.

Rescue Diver Scuba Adventure 401

In 2022, GSTA will be holding its Rescue Certification in Key West, FL. Teens will learn to manage risks and effectively handle limited-water problems, diving emergencies, assisting and transport divers, and performing surface rescues and rescues from depth involving both boat and shore-based skin and scuba divers. Teens who successfully complete training will receive the NAUI Diver Rescue Certification as well as Firs Aid and CPR/AED certifications. Teens must be 15 years of age to complete this course and have attended the GSTA 301 Adventure Scuba. Grab your sunscreen and your sense of adventure!

GSTA will not be having a Scuba 401 Rescue Adventure in 2021

  • Must have attended the Adventure Scuba 301 Course
  • Must be 15 years of age