Boat Diver

Dive boats come in all shapes and sizes, from small inflatable skiffs to large liveaboard vessels and everything in between, and the Boat Diver course will give you information about all of them.

Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver.

Diver's Delight Charter - Lake Michigan
The Nekton Pilot - Belize

Many dive sites are only accessible by boat and dive boats can offer more amenities than your average tarp spread out on the beach for shore diving.

Boat Diver Prerequisites

In order to qualify for the Boat Diver course you must:

  1. Be at least 10 years old
  2. Be a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent

Boat Diver Course Details

The Boat Diver Course consists of 2 phases:

  1. Knowledge Development
  2. Open Water Dives (2)

These phases are detailed in the sections below.

Monkey Reviewing her Boat Diver Cliff Notes

1. Knowledge Development

The knowledge development phase starts with your independent study of the Boat Diver manual, as well as the optional Boat Diver video which complements and reinforces the manual.

Each chapter in the manual includes a knowledge review section to demonstrate your understanding of the material. Those knowledge reviews will be used to direct a classroom refresher session prior to completing the dives in open water.

Although there are a few options available, for most students AquaMunkee Scuba will cover the knowledge development section using the following approach:

1. Independent, Self-Paced Study at Home
2. Brief Classroom Session to Discuss What You've Learned
3. Additional Explanation / Question-and-Answer (as needed)

On average, the entire home study portion of the Knowledge Development phase can be completed in 1-2 weeks at a leisurely pace.

Boarding the Boat After a Drift Dive

2. Open Water Dives

During your open water dives you will:

  1. Learn how dive boats differ from place to place
  2. Gain experience and training from diving on boats in your local area
  3. Practice boat entry and exit techniques
  4. Learn the appropriate locations to stow gear
  5. Practice surface lines before and after your dive
  6. Learn the location and use of basic safety equipment
Dive House - Cozumel

Special Equipment

The Boat Diver course does not require any additional specialized diving equipment, but the following gear may be helpful:

  1. Visual Signaling Device (aka "“safety sausage”)
  2. Audible Signaling Device (whistle, etc)
  3. Snorkel

The Paperwork

Once you have completed your knowledge reviews and all of your diving, the only thing left to do is fill out your certification paperwork, take your photo, and get your temporary certification cards.

Within 2 weeks (typically closer to 1 week) you will have your lifetime certification as a PADI Boat Diver.

Course Price Includes:

  1. Training and certification
  2. Rental equipment - standard and specialty gear
  3. Air fills for all dives
  4. Boat Diver Manual

Not Included / Additional Expenses:

  1. Charter Boat Costs
  2. Tip for Charter Boat Crew (10-20% recommended)

Required Forms for Training

  1. PADI Continuing Education Form - combines Safe Diving Practices, Liability Release and Medical Statement forms into one convenient form for continuing education.

AquaMunkee Scuba is a PADI training facility, focused on the PADI approach to diver education and also offering training through the related organizations DSAT/Tec Rec and Emergency First Response.