PADI Boat Diver Course

Course Introduction

This course is designed to be an introduction to boat diving and to help the student diver develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary for boat diving.


Course Overview

The purpose of the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of diving from a boat.

The Boat Diver Specialty course is intended to serve as a safe, supervised introduction to boat diving. Training emphasizes fun and safety.

The goals of PADI Boat Diver training are:

A. To develop the student’s knowledge of dive boats — proper boat diving etiquette, personal conduct, and basic dive boat terminology, local boat diving laws and/or ordinances.

B. To develop the student’s ability to perform important boat diving skills — boat diving entries/exits, use of emergency/safety equipment and, in some situations, basic boating skills.

C. To enable the student to plan, organize and conduct safe dives from a boat.



The PADI Boat Diver Course begins with independent study and knowledge development. Students will begin by watching the PADI Boat Diver video. Then Students will read and complete all knowledge reviews inside of their PADI Boat Diver Specialty Manual. Your instructor will review your knowledge reviews during your classroom session.


Open Water Training Dives

Open Water Training Dive 1
By the end of this open water training session, the student will be able to:

• Identify the following areas of the specific boat being used for the dive: bow, stern, starboard, port, entry area, exit area and area to stow diving equipment.

• Locate important emergency/safety equipment aboard the boat (such as: first aid kit, oxygen, dive flag, radio and fire extinguisher).

• Perform a proper entry, specific to the type of boat being used for the dive.

• Perform a safety stop at 5 meters/15 feet for at least three minutes.

• Perform a proper exit, specific to the type of boat being used for the dive.

Open Water Training Dive 2
By the end of this open water training session, the student will be able to:
• Demonstrate the ability to construct a dive plan that takes into account the type of boat being used and the diving environment.

• Demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge learned from the course to dive from the type of boat being used.


    course duration

    The total course duration is approximately 12 hours typically conducted over 2 to 3 classes. For more information on specific scheduling for this course please click on the calendar below.


    Recommended Additional Training (optional)

    We suggest that all divers enrolling in PADI Specialty Course take the PADI Enriched Air Scuba Diver Course first in order to increase bottom time during your training dives.

    Click here for more information on PADI Eriched Diver Course.

Course Prerequisites

    prerequisite training

    Be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.


    Age requirements

    PADI Minimum Age Requirement is 10 years old.

    depth restrictions

    The maximum depth is 30 meters/100 feet and for Junior Divers (12-14 years old) the maximum depth is 21 meters/70 feet.


    required Books

    The PADI Boat Diver Crewpak

    Crewpak: includes PADI Boat Diver DVD and Specialty Manual.



    required equipment

    Standard SCUBA Gear: Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Compass, Dive Computer or Dive Watch, Knife, Safety Sausage, Communication Slate, Safety Whistle, Dive Lights, BCD, Regulators with Submersible Pressure Gauge, Tanks, Weights, Gloves and Wetsuit if required(during winter classes).


    Rental equipment is not included in this class. If you need to rent equipment please do not forget to select the rental equipment you will need when you book your course.


    All Students Are Required to Have a Dive Computer or Dive Watch for all courses.


    waivers and liability releases

    All participants must sign the following PADI release prior to any in water training. Parent or guardian signature is requiredfor participants younger than legal age for all PADI programs.


    Certification recognizes that you:
    • Have been trained to plan, organize, conduct and log open water dives from a boat, in conditions generally comparable to, or better than, those you were trained in.
    • May apply for the rating of Master Scuba Diver if you are a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) and a PADI Rescue Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) with certification in four other PADI Specialty ratings.

PADI Course Cost, Location and Schedule

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    We offer private lessons seven days a week. Sign up today and start diving tomorrow. We offer group lessons twice a month. Check the course schedule for more details.

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Youth Diving Responsibility and Risk

Parents and Junior Divers Must Watch This Video Together