PADI Boat Diver Course – £195 (excluding boat trip)
The most common ways to get to a dive site is either by entering from the shore, or from a boat. Boat diving tends to be much simpler then diving from the shore as you don’t generally have to haul your kit long distances, worry about surge and the boat can drop you off right on top of the dive site.
There are lots of different types of dive boats too. These go from small inflatables (RIB), speedboats, converted trawlers to large luxury Liveaboard boats. Each of them has different considerations and dive procedures can even change from area to area.
The PADI Boat Dive Specialty is ideal for novice divers or those with little boat diving experience as the course will increase your knowledge from diving from boats. The course includes boat terminology, procedures for entering and exiting the water safely, how and where to stow your gear and where the safety equipment is located.
To complete the course there is some basic theory and 2 open water boat dives.
Oyster Diving are running a boat diving day in Shoreham on the 29th August. Shoreham is located close to Brighton so is easy to reach from London and other areas in the South East. Our boat for the day, Buccaneer, can comfortably accommodate 10 divers and their kit. There are many local dive sites close to Brighton which include wrecks and reefs. Our last trip had a decent 7-10m viz which surprised many of the warm water divers that decided to join us. They were also pleasantly surprised by the variety and abundance of marine life.
As with the other PADI Specialty courses, the Boat Diver course counts as 1 of your 5 specialties you need to attain your Master Scuba Diver certification.