PADI Boat Diver Specialty Course

Why should you attend a PADI Boat Diver Specialty Course? What do I need to know about boats that apply to diving? Aren’t all boats basically just a bathtub with a rudder?

Many of the world’s best scuba diving sites can only be accessed by boat. If you’ve never made a boat dive before, or if you’ve dived from a boat many times, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty Course will benefit you a lot. There are many different types of dive boats, and the procedures to follow on each vary accordingly. Scuba diving from a boat is easy and fun and offers considerable advantages over shore diving – but it is very important that you know the exact procedures for entering & exiting the water according to the type of boat that you are diving from. Because you usually descend directly onto your dive site, there are no tiring surf entries & long surface swims. And no long hikes to and from your car with all your equipment on. If conditions aren’t suitable at a particular dive site – you can simply move the boat to a better spot rather than abort the dive.

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Boat Diver Specialty Course is that you will gain invaluable experience & knowledge about diving from boats, giving you the edge and confidence you need to become an expert scuba diver!

What will you learn?

The PADI Boat Diver Specialty Course will expand your knowledge about dive boats from small inflatables to hard-hull dayboats to luxury liveaboards. You’ll gain valuable scuba diving experience by completing two Open Water dives from a boat in your area and learn about:

  • Boat terminology
  • Types of boats – inflatables, hard hulls, cabin cruisers, liveaboards
  • Boating safety & emergency equipment – signalling devices, PFDs, first aid
  • Boat diving preparation
  • Boat diving procedures and etiquette
  • Predive and postdive procedures
  • Entries and exits, ascents and descents

What will you do?

You will organize and make at least two Open Water scuba dives under the close eye of your qualified  PADI Specialty Instructor ranging from 18–20 metres /60–65 feet

  • First you’ll identify specific areas of the boat used for the dive
  • Locate & affirm emergency equipment
  • Make an appropriate entry & exit according to the type of boat you are diving from


  • Minimum age 10 years old
  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver

What will you get?

Apart from now rubbing shoulders with old sea salts and sea dogs you will have:

  • The PADI Boat Diver Specialty Certification
  • One of the five PADI Specialty Diver Certifications to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) Rating
  • The first dive of this PADI Boat Diver Specialty Course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
  • You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Boat Diver Specialty Course 

Your Next Adventure

A favorite follow-up course for many divers after the PADI Boat Diver Specialty Course is the PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course or the PADI Night Diver Specialty Course.  If you want you can take these two specialties concurrently. Boat diving can give you immediate access to many of the deeper dive sites in the world, and the Deep Diver Specialty will give you the training & experience to dive as deep as 40 metres/130 feet. Night diving opens up a whole new world as the creatures that prey & scavenge at night emerge from their hiding places. Night diving is a very different experience to daytime diving with added risks and precautions, so is usually conducted from boats for safety reasons.