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PADI Boat Diver

Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty can benefit almost every diver because different boats in different parts of the world do things differently. If you dive, then diving from a boat is almost enevitable. Boat Skippers are a breed apart with their often odd procedures, superstitions and even their own language. Knowing a little about boats (and boat Skippers), especially when maneuvering around on one, often helps the days diving pass without falling foul of a Skippers ever watchful eye. It also adds to the fun if you know what you’re doing.

To Start

How do I get started?

As with all of the diving education programmes at Aquasport you start with the training materials. A deposit of £50 is required to book your PADI Boat Diver Specialty. We will provide you with the PADI Boat Diver manual for you to read prior to the start of your training.


What will I do?

During your programme you will learn the following:

  • Diving from boats ranging from small inflatables and RIBS to giant live-aboards and how they differ from place to place
  • Gain experience and training from diving on boats in your local area
  • Safely enter and exit the water
  • Stow your gear in the most appropriate areas
  • Use surface lines to initiate or conclude your dives
  • Locate and use basic boat safety equipment
  • Nautical terminology (Skipper speak)

You will have one and a half days of intense boat diver training to complete. In our fully equipped multi-media classrooms you will learn about the many different types of boats used for diving and also how to talk to a boat Skipper like you know what you are doing as sometimes it’s better to hand your gear up to the crew and then climb in the boat or other times you just take off your fins and weights and walk up the ladder.

You will put into practice what you learn in a combination of skills in two open water training dives.


How long will it take?

The PADI Boat Diver Specialty takes place over one weekend. Starting on a midweek evening you will complete the theory sections from the PADI Boat Diver manual. The Saturday will cover all the practical sessions during your two open water training dives down at the coast.

You can arrange with your instructor to continue to gain experience on the Sunday by using the equipment from the programme to do some more diving before handing it back in on the Sunday afternoon. The extra days equipment hire is included in the cost of your programme.


What will I need?

The PADI Open Water Diver certification or equivalent is the prerequisite for the PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty.

All standard scuba equipment requirements are included in the price.

The minimum age of enrollment on this programme is 10yrs.

You will need to fill out a self certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions you think may prevent you from scuba diving please feel free to contact us and we will try to be of assistance.


PADI Boat Diver Specialty £145.

A £50 deposit is required when you book your programme with Aquasport. Balance of payment is due two weeks prior to the start of your training.


Starting on wednesday evenings at 6.30pm and continuing on Saturday and Sunday for the experience dives.

Courses starting montlhy. Call the centre for the latest course information on 0121 706 6628 or email info@aquasportonline.com

Where To?

Where can I go from here?

Once you have completed your PADI Boat Diver Specialty you can take full advantage of the fantastic dives on our UK coastal trips. As most drift dives take place from a boat, maybe the PADI Drift Diver Specialty should be on your to do list.

Once you have completed five PADI specialties and your PADI Rescue Diver and have 50 logged dives you hold all the prerequisites for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. This is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system of diver education.

Here at Aquasport all of our Instructors hold this level of recreational certification. We recommend that every diver takes this route regardless of their further ambitions as we see it as a commitment to education and a real achievement.

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