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Boat Diver
Peter, British Virgin Islands -- picture by Dan Hogan

Through the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course, I will teach you the techniques and procedures for diving from different types of boats. The more boats you're diving from, the more diving you're doing. As part of your PADI Boat Diver Specialty course, you'll learn about planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of boat diving. Other areas include proper boat diving etiquette, common boat terminology, specific and local boat diving laws and ordinances, emergency and safety equipment needed on private dive boats. Course includes two dives and requires Open Water Diver certification and a minimum age of 10.

I will present tips and techniques he has learned from his boat diving experiences -- diving from 15 foot "ribbies" (rigid inflatable boats) to numerous Puget Sound Charter boats to 50 foot sailing cats in the Caribbean.

From the Instructor Manual:

The Boat Diver course is to include two open water training dives, which may be conducted in one day. Both open water training dives must be conducted from a boat. It is recommended, but not required, that divers enrolled in the course be exposed to the techniques and procedures for diving from different types of boats (inflatable boats, hard-hulled day boats, cabin cruisers, live-aboards, sailboats, etc.).

This course covers the knowledge and techniques of boat diving. The minimum number of recommended hours is 12, with time being equally divided between knowledge development and actual water-training sessions. To conduct a Boat Diver course, the following is to be included:

1. the planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of boat diving.
2. proper boat diving etiquette -- storage of personal equipment, personal conduct and considerations for care of the boat.
3. basic, common boat terminology.
4. specific boat diving laws and/or ordinances.
5. local boat diving laws and/or ordinances.
6. overview of emergency/safety equipment needed on-board private diving vessels.