Padi Boat diving speciality

Its easier to dive from a boat

Padi Boat Diver Speciality

The PADI Boat Diver programme makes scuba diving easy - just take a giant step off or a Roll off the boat and you're in the water!

Boats and diving obviously fit together like hands in gloves. You can only reach some of the best dive sites by boat, and this is true of most places in the world. Diving from boats is also more convenient and easier than from shore in many ways, and it's great fun to spend time out on the water with your friends between dives.

While diving from a boat isn't difficult, there are some special procedures that make boat diving more fun, such as the lines you use when diving in currents. Using current lines effectively may make the difference between an easy and exciting dive, and a tiring and not-much-fun undertaking. On most dive boats, the trip leader usually explains the procedures you'll be using, but a great way to learn more is in the PADI Boat Diver Specialty Course.

The Boat Diver specialty shows you the broad, basic procedures used when diving from boats. You learn about using current lines, different entry and exit procedures, and the organisation of getting kitted up for the dive. Besides these procedures, you also learn useful information like how to pack for boat diving, avoiding seasickness, boating basics and boating emergencies.

During the programme you'll go on 2 open water dives, which must be (you got it) conducted from a boat. Both dives may be conducted in 1 day. It's a good idea, but not required, that you enrol in this programme to learn the techniques and procedures for scuba diving from different types of boats (inflatable boats, hard-hulled day boats, cabin cruisers, liveaboards, sailboats, etc). That's a good thing - the more boats you dive from, the more diving you do too!


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.

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification - ask your instructor about earning credit.

Prerequisites & Requirements

Age Requirement
10 years or older
Course Prerequisites
PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level-certification)
Time Commitment
Approximately 2-4 hours


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.

Getting Started

Book online today and we will send you the Padi E-learning pack Then

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 our shop to enroll in the course and speak with your instructor if you have any questions about the course content.

Cost £160