CochraneScuba - PADI Boat Diver Course

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PADI Boat Diver

Whether youíve never made a boat dive or youíve logged dozens, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty course can benefit almost every diver. The Boat Diver course teaches the basic principles for fun and safe diving from a boat. You'll also learn boating procedures and practices, and how they relate to scuba diving.

This certification can be completed in 1 day.

Minimum Age: 10

Course Cost: $90

Prerequisite: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another organization).

Course Fees Include:
  • Two boat dives
  • All academic instruction
  • Use of all gear, tanks & weights during the course
  • PADI Boat Diver Certification Card (good for life)
    Certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating
  • Lifetime support - Call or email if you ever have any Scuba-related questions

Not Included:
  • PADI Boat Diver Specialty Manual (required) - $30
  • Transportation & expenses to boat location. This class is held either on Dale Hollow Lake or on a dive trip (Gulf or Caribbean).
Equipment Requirements: None required - However, divers should have their own snorkel gear (mask, fins & snorkel). I supply the BCD, regulator & tanks. I have snorkel gear available that you can use until you purchase your own set.

Location: Open Water (lake or ocean)

Course Overview:
Learn the tips, tricks and ways to dive from boats ranging from small inflatables to giant live-aboards:

  • learn how boats differ from place to place
  • gain experience and training from diving on boats in your local area
Learn how to safely enter and exit the water:
  • sometimes itís better to hand your gear up to the crew and then climb in the boat
  • sometimes you just take off your fins and weights and walk up the ladder
Learn how to:
  • stow your gear in the most appropriate areas
  • use surface lines to start or end your dives
  • locate basic boat safety equipment

The course consists of two parts:
  • Academics - The academics is self-study. You read the book, take the chapter quizzes and watch the Boat Diver video. We'll get together throughout the course to answer any questions, review material and grade the quizzes.
  • Boat dives - The 2 boat dives are conducted either on Dale Hollow Lake, in Florida or on a Caribbean dive trip.

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For more information, contact:
Tim B Cochrane
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