GSTA Scuba Academy

GSTA Scuba Academy

Our academy starts with our first scuba adventure, where teens are introduced to the wonders of the ocean, and become a certified scuba diver through the National Association of Underwater Instructors  (NAUI) Scuba Diver-. 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 across the world.

In years past, GSTA has taught the advanced courses in Belize, Central America, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, and in the Grand Cayman Islands in 2019. The next 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.

As divers gain the requisite skills, they will have the opportunity to challenge their underwater skills as part of the GSTA Wreck Trek. This adventure gives teens the opportunity to dive into the famous dives of the Florida Keys, to include the Vandenberg, the Eagle, and the Spiegel. 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 | July 12-18, 2020

This year, 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.

Once training is complete, the teens will have the opportunity to dive in the famous waters of Key Largo. 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!

Coming 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. 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 14 years of age and older.

Advanced Scuba Adventure 201

Grand Cayman | June 27 – July 4, 2020

This year, GSTA will be heading to Grand Cayman! The NAUI Scuba divers will have the opportunity to earn NAUI Advanced certification and their Nitrox certification. We will be staying at Cobalt Coast Resort. We will be diving at the famous Cayman Wall, as well as the USS Kittiwake and visiting Stingray City. This adventure is open to  certified NAUI Scuba divers! Grab your sunscreen, your passport, and your sense of adventure!

Coming 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.

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.

Wreck Scuba Adventure 301

Grand Cayman | June 27 – July 4, 2020

This year, Gold Star Teen Adventures is taking our experienced divers to the next level—wreck diving! We will be staying at the United States Army Combat Dive School in Key West Florida. While there, Gold Star teens will learn requisite skills for wreck diving. From there, Gold Star teens will be diving at the best wrecks that the Florida Keys have to offer. Dive wrecks include the United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Duane, The Eagle, Speigel, and Vandenberg, to name a few. 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 South Florida.

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

Coming Soon.

  • Participants must have their Advanced Scuba Certification for this event.
  • Minimum age for children: 14
  • Maximum age for youth: 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 Scuba Adventure 401

This year, GSTA will be holding its Rescue Certification in Grand Cayman. Teens in their fourth year of diving with GSTA will travel to Cobalt Coast Resort! 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. CPR and First Aid certifications are required to complete this course.

Teens will receive those certifications during the week as well. This trip is open to teens 15 years of age and those that have already attended the GSTA Wreck Trek! Grab your sunscreen, your passport, and your sense of adventure!

Itinerary to follow

  • Must have attended the Wreck Trek Scuba Adventure
  • Must be 15 years of age

GSTA Rescue Scuba

July 27th - August 3rd, 2019

Teens can only participate in one dive adventure per year as skills are built upon. The order of progression for dive adventures is Year 1 - Open Water, Year 2 - Advanced, Year 3 - Wreck Trek and Year 4 - Rescue Diver.

To secure your application the GSTA waiver must be submitted along with a $200 deposit. The link for the waiver is at the end of this application. The deposit will be returned to you after your teen has attended the adventure, however if your teen does not attend the deposit will help GSTA cover the expenses incurred. Deposits can be mailed to Gold Star Teen Adventures, 2504 Raeford Road Suite 200, Fayetteville, NC 28305 or submitted via. PayPal

It is the foundation’s policy that when a teen withdraws from an adventure, after the deposit has been paid, the teen will not be able to participate in future GSTA events. Along with taking a slot from another teen, many expenses are paid in advance and those expenses are not able to be recouped.

GSTA Rescue Scuba

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