Much of the world's best scuba diving is accessible only by boat. Whether you've never made a boat dive or you've logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course will benefit you because boats in various parts of the world do things differently. Scuba diving from a boat is fun and relatively easy because you usually descend directly onto your dive site.
If you're a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the Boat Diver course.
The PADI Boat Diver course teaches you about the advantages and ease of diving from a boat. You'll practice boat diving techniques and learn:
- Boat terminology.
- Boat diving procedures and etiquette, including how to enter and exit, and where to stow your gear.
- Boating safety, including how to locate safety equipment.
Prerequisites & Requirements
10 years or older
PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level-certification)
Approximately 2-4 hours
For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Center.
Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you'll want to have a surface signaling device, such as an inflatable signal tube. Having a complete spare parts kit is also a good idea. Your PADI Instructor and local dive center staff may suggest additional equipment depending on what type of boat and where your boat diving adventures take you.
Start learning now with PADI's home-study materials - Boat Diver eLearning. Read and watch video about boat diving, then interact with knowledge checks in preparation for meeting with your PADI Instructor to schedule your two boat dives. Stop by your local PADI Dive Center and Resort to enroll in the course and speak with your instructor if you have any questions about the course content.