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Boat Diving Specialty

Many dive sites are only accessible by boat...learn how to do it safely

The Boat Diver course includes two open water training dives, which are usually conducted in one day. Both open water training dives are conducted from a boat. HiTek Scuba likes to exposed the students to the techniques and procedures for diving from different types of boats (inflatable boats, hard-hulled day boats, cabin cruisers, liveaboards, sailboats, etc.).

The course is made up of two open water dives and a classroom session.  Some of the major differences in boat diving that you'll need to learn are the differences in the logistics, pre-dive planning, and equipment required to safely boat dive.  Some of the topics that are covered during the course are:

  • The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of boat diving
  • Proper boat diving etiquette -- storage of personal equipment, personal conduct and considerations for care of the boat.
  • Basic, common boat terminology.
  • Specific boat diving laws and/or ordinances.
  • Local boat diving laws and/or ordinances.
  • Overview of emergency/safety equipment needed on-board private diving vessels.

Prerequisites are Open Water Diver AND some cold water diving experience. 

Course Cost is $150 and includes all materials, the class time, and the open water dives. Due to fact that boat diving in the PNW requires travel and possibly a charter, the boat charter fees are additional to the course fee. By this point in a divers training it is important that a student begins to obtain their own equipment (rentals are available but having your own gear is preferred).  Additional boat diving specialty equipment is provided for class use such as floats, reels, dive flags, SMB's, etc. 


The Learning Materials Included

Diving from a boat is a convenient and fun way to explore the underwater world. By reviewing the PADI Boat Diver Manual and video on DVD, youíll learn the important doís and doníts of boat diving including: boat terminology, etiquette, safety and procedure






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