Boat Diver



Whether you’ve never made a boat dive or you’ve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver because boats in different parts of the world do things differently.

The PADI Boat Diver Specialty course familiarizes you with the various ways you stow gear, enter and exit the water, use surface lines and more, depending upon the type of boat and location.

We’ll also cover techniques for diving from boats ranging from small inflatable’s to giant live-aboards and Basic Boat Safety.

Covered in this Course:

  • Covers techniques for diving from boats ranging from small inflatables to giant live-aboards
  • Discusses how dive boats differ from place to place
  • Gives you focused experience and training for diving from boats in your local area
  • Covers basic boat safety equipment and use

Session One (Class):

  • Class Briefing

  • Paperwork

  • Short Lecture

Approx. Time: 2-3 Hrs


Session Two (Open Water):

  • Dive Briefing

  • Boat Dives #1 & #2

  • Review

Approx. Time: 10 Hrs

Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.




Completion of the PADI Open Water Class or equivalent*.

(Minimum age 12 to Register)

*If your certification is listed below you may qualify to enroll in this PADI Specialty Course at Pacific Wilderness.

-BSAC Ocean Diver
-CMAS 1 Star Diver
-IDEA Open Water
-NASDS Open Water
-NAUI Open Water
-PDIC Open Water
-SSI Open Water
-YMCA Open Water

The Following Equipment is Required for this Specialty Class:

  • Basic Gear (Purchased in OpenWater)
  • Full SCUBA Gear (Rental Available**)
    • Regulator System
    • B. C.
    • Tank
    • Wetsuit & Hood
    • Weight Belt

    Plus the Following needed for all Specialty Classes:

  • Dive Knife & Slate*
  • Compass*
  • Whistle*
  • Dive Bag for Boat Trip*
  • Safety Sausage*

*Note, this Equipment is Required at ALL Dive Shops and is not included in the Class.

**Full SCUBA Gear is available for Rental at a Package Rate of $60 for the Day


  • Attend Class Session and Complete Assignments.
  • Demonstrate Proficiency in Boat Diving & Boat Diving Etiquette
  • Complete 2 Boat Dives


Private – Boat Dives Program

BOAT DIVE PROGRAM WB01372_.gif (406 bytes)Our most Popular Specialty Program. The Specialty Boat Dives program incorporates about 12 hours of Instruction Customized to your Schedule with Two Supervised Dives to Complete your Specialty Certification.We recommend this Course to Students for Several Reasons:

  1. Something we find many Divers need a little extra help with is Boat Etiquette.  This class will give you the “Touch” to be a good Boat Diver!
  2. It allows those with Difficult or Varying Work Schedules to take Specialty Classes.
  3. It gives your Group the ability to take a Private Specialty Class with just yourFriends at a comparable Price to Standard “Pre-Scheduled” Courses at other shops
  4. This Course has the Most Varied Schedule Available because you set it!
  5. Smaller class sizes mean more Personalized Attention.

To View How to Build a Class Schedules See Below.

Classes Size of One up to Eight 

Your Course Fee Includes:

  • Customized Course Schedule
  • Tuition Fee
  • PADI Boat Diver Manual & DVD
  • PADI Specialty Certification Card.
  • (2) Boat Dives with Instructor
  • (1) Catalina Island Boat Trip

To book your own “Private” Class please use the following Outline for time allocations:

  • Session #1 (Class):  – Dedicate 2-3 Hours total time. This may be done in One evening prior to your Dives.
  • Session #2 (Dives) – You will need to Dedicate a Full Day. Our Boat Trips are scheduled a Year in Advance and can be Viewed Here. Look up any “Shop Boat Dive” and use those dates in planning your Schedule. Session normally runs 6:30 am to 5 pm.

If you need help or have any questions on how to schedule Your Specialty Class Please call or e-mail us and we’ll be happy to walk you through it!

Note, Final Schedules will be determined jointly between Student (s) and Dive Shop based on Boat and Instructor Availability.