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Summer Training 2022

Open Water Diver (NSCC Only)26JUN-02JUL2022


Come to sunny Key West and learn how to Dive! (Yes, those are actually our Florida Keys Sea Cadets learning how to dive during one of our weekend drills.)  Work hard, play hard!

You must complete, at your own cost, the online PADI course for open water diver and purchase DAN insurance prior to attending, and of course, have a current physical and be cleared for diving. 

Also, we will be doing a lot of morning or evening runs (depending on dive schedule) so you'll need to be able to comfortably run at least a 5k while holding a conversation. What better way to see Key West!?

PROSPECTIVE ADULT LEADERS: A unique feature of my trainings is that ALL adults, COTC included, must do ALL PT, including really long runs, with the cadets EVERY DAY. We inspire when we perspire.


  • You'll fly in on a Sunday and we'll pick you up at the airport, no problems. 

  • Sunday is getting situated, getting your bicycle issued, and some ocean swimming time down at the Trumbo community dock where we'll make sure everyone can swim & tread water while keeping off the August heat

  • Monday/Tuesday will be morning runs & confined water (pool) diving, reviews of material, a couple of tours of the Navy bases (NAS Key West is one base with several annexes)

  • Wednesday/Thursday will see us ocean diving, doing some PT with the Army Special Forces Dive School (be READY!) and a tour of the fighter squadron at the Naval Air Station Boca Chica. You'll also get some liberty downtown.

  • Friday is graduation and RTHP (Return to Home Port). I'd love for you to stay, but my boss will want me back.

  • Dive Instructors, Shawn & Charlie, are super chill and fun to hang out with. We'll be diving with Lost Reef Adventures on a super nice boat in gorgeous, warm water.

  • Uniforms: We will be wearing shorts & rash guards most of the time, but dress whites for graduation. Bring good running shoes and good slippahs. I'm really relaxed, but...

  • A word of caution: DON'T BE SPECIAL. This training is only for highly motivated, mature cadets. First problem, first flight home, at your expense. Immediately. You're warned.

Advanced & Rescue Diver 26JUN-02JUL 2022

Already certified as an Open Water Diver? Come to Key West for the ultimate combo! We'll be doing two days of Advanced Open Water dives, including a deep wreck dive on the USS VANDENBERG. Next will be one day of First Aid/CPR/AED and then two day of rescue diver training. A solid week of diving and training in some of the most beautiful water in the country on North America's last living coral reef. This course runs parallel to the basic course, so no, you can't do one then the other. Extremely mature cadets age 15+ only, no "specials". Mentorship provided by US Navy Chief Diver, instruction provided by Lost Reef Adventures instructors, a retired Navy Commander and a retired Marine Corps Colonel.


FAA Ground School 24-30 July 2022

In a unique partnership with Women in Aviation International, Inc., the Florida Keys Division will be hosting ten (10) female cadets from around the country. Candidates will receive a complete private pilot training kit in March and will be expected to begin study online and with the physical materials. You will have a weekly Zoom coaching session for Q&A with a live pilot, and your training will culminate with a week of intensive study in Key West with your certified flight instructors capped off with the FAA written exam. Imagine getting your BRONZE WINGS down here! Additionally, all cadets will get one orientation flight around Key West. Cadets will also have female Navy pilot mentorship all week long. Cadets must be 15 years old with extremely solid self-guided study habits. Experience with aviation is a plus, but not a requirement. 

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