About the Course
The PADI Boat Diver course is great for divers that are new to boat diving, or for divers looking to get an orientation to the boats used in their specific location.
During two dives with an instructor you’ll learn nautical terminology, boat diving etiquette and procedures and may practice using lines and/or deploy a surface marker buoy (SMB).
The course is broken up into 2 stages, undertaken one after the other. Click through below to get more details on each of the stages.
Firstly you’ll be provided access to the PADI eLearning materials. You’ll learn about boat terminology, types of boats, safety/emergency equipment, boating safety, boat diving preparation, boarding and pre-dive procedures, and post-dive procedures. The PADI Boat Diver course theory is all digital, meaning you can do it from the comfort of your sofa on a computer or smart device.
Typical time commitment: 2-4 hours
Open Water Dives
The PADI Boat Diver course consists of two open water dives. During this part of the course, your instructor will recap the nautical terminology, safety/emergency equipment and boat diving etiquette, specific to the boat you’re diving on. You’ll also get to practice using lines and/or deploying a surface marker buoy (SMB), as well as different entry and exit techniques.
Typical time commitment: 1 day
Previous dive experience and/or qualifications: You must be a certified PADI Open Water Diver or equivilent from another recognised diving agency.
Minimum age: 12 years old – Diving in Melbourne is one of the most rewarding places to dive, but the conditions can make it challenging for younger people. Therefore, we restrict our minimum age to 12 years. Divers who are under the age of 15 may earn a Junior Diver certification. After certification 12 to 14-year-olds must dive with an adult certified diver.
Medical fitness: In order to take part in diving, you should be medically fit to dive. As part of your booking process, we will ask you to complete a medical form. If the form indicates that you must get a diving physician’s medical evaluation, we recommend getting this sorted in good time ahead of your course, and prior to finalising your booking. We won’t be able to take you diving if you do not obtain any required approvals, and your deposit may be forfeit. For a list of qualified diving physicians, visit the SPUMS website.
Our base price includes the learning and administrative costs of the course. There may be additional costs to consider depending on the course and your individual requirements, we will confirm these with you when you book onto the course. Find below our typical inclusions, and other costs that you may need to consider:
- In-water instruction:
- 1 day of open water diving,
upto 2 open water dives
- Certification processing fee
Other Costs to Consider
- Equipment hire
- Boat tickets
- Air fills
Once you have received your eLearning access code, you can access the learning platform using a computer or a smart device. To access from you computer, log in to the PADI website.
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If you plan to be somewhere without internet access, use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. Content can be downloaded in small sections. When you get back online, upload your progress so you can resume your training right where you left off.
The PADI Training app is available for Apple® iOS and Android™ devices. For the ideal experience, devices should be no more than three models old and running with the most current OS (operating system).
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