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Boat Diver Speciality

Boat Diver Speciality

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Who is this course for?

The certified diver looking for more information to maximize the use of boats for scuba diving.

Course prerequisites

Open Water Scuba Diver, Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent.

Minimum age 18, 10 with parental consent.

What you can expect to learn

The Boat Diver Course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

Types of boats and features of those boats:


Charter boat

Private boat

Safety features:

Life preservers

Life boats

Flares Instructor Manual


Throw rings

Coast Guard requirements

First aid kit

Oxygen kit

Exiting and boarding the boat:

Type of ladder

How to use ladder


Planning boat trips:

Types and sizes of boats


Degree of difficulty of dives

Air availability on boat

Food/beverages available

Sleeping equipment necessary?


Dive planning

Determining necessary equipment:

Use of a checklist

C-card and log book

Extra cylinder

All open water equipment

Spare parts kit

Camera/photo equipment

Game equipment

Boat procedures:


Captain and crew briefs of special procedures

Special rules

Crowded area procedures


Anchor line

Descent lines

Tag line

Stern safety line

Decompression bar

Underwater navigation from a boat:

Natural navigation


No current


Drift diving

What's in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the DNQY Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

The diving activities approximate those of training.

The areas of activities approximate those of training.

Environmental conditions approximate those of training.

*Note: Junior divers (ages 10-14) must participate in boat diving activities with a parent, guardian, or dive professional.

Also, the Boat Diver Certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the Advanced Diver Development program.

Boat Diver minimum requirements

Satisfactorily complete the Boat Diver Knowledge Quests with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor.

Complete all open water requirements efficiently.

Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution.

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Boat Diving occurs every day around the world; whether is it an inland lake or in the Caribbean, South Pacific or idyllic North Cornwall, divers can explore the underwater world located off-shore. Dive boats vary from small private vessels to a large live-aboard dive boats. The Boat Diver Course covers the “how-to’s” of boat diving from how to board, proper boat etiquette, entry(s) and much more. The course will also introduce you to the various types of boats you may be diving from.

Some of the required skills you will have to demonstrate include:

Plan a boat dive.

Briefing on dock before departure.

Review of boat diving procedures.

Captain’s brief and travel to dive destination.



Log dive.

Care of equipment.

Attempt to use a different types of boat(s) or, at least, use a different entry point from the boat during the course.

Here at DNQY, we are lucky enough to have our very own dive boat, Saxon Mist! She is a 10.5m MCA coded Hard Boat specifically designed and built for divers! Saxon Mist is fitted with dive bottle racks, stage cylinder racks and comfortably fits up to 12 divers plus 2 crew. She also has a lift, toilet and inside seating, not to mention the most important thing - a tea and coffee station!