PADI Boat Diver Course

The PADI Boat Diver course is perfect for those who are new to boat diving or are interested in learning more about diving from different types of boats. There will be two dives with an instructor in which you will learn nautical terminology and boat diving etiquette. You may also practice using lines and/or deploying a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB). In case you love traveling, the Boat Diver speciality course will prep you up for scuba diving from small inflatables as well as large liveaboards. In this course, you will be taught how to enter and exit the water, use current lines and manage seasickness.

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In this course, you will learn about the following:

  • Boat diving etiquette
  • Boat terminology
  • Packing for a boat trip
  • Properly stowing your gear
  • Managing seasickness

Independent Study

One can easily fit scuba lessons into a hectic routine with the help of PADI eLearning. The independent study part of the course can be completed whenever and wherever it’s convenient. Online or offline, you can work at your own pace using a mobile device or a computer. Also, you can talk to your instructor for in-water training and in case of any doubts.

eLearning time commitment: 2-4 hours

At the dive shop

This is done with your diving instructor. There will be two dives from a boat and you will learn how to enter and exit the water along with properly stowing your gear. The instructor will also teach you about safety procedures and local boat diving etiquette. 

Prerequisites: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level-certification)

Total time commitment: 1-2 days

Minimum age: 10 years or older

Medical requirements

One should have a minimum level of health and fitness for scuba diving. In case of any chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery, one may have to get written approval from a physician before the dive. In order to avoid any hassle, you can download and review the Diver Medical form. With this, you can know before enrolling in a scuba course that you will not need a physician’s approval for diving. You should not ask for any medical advice from instructors, divemasters, and dive shop staff as they are not physicians. Only medical professionals can give medical clearance to scuba dive. In case of any confusion regarding medical fitness, you can contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).

Prerequisites & minimum age

Minimum Age: 10 years

Course prerequisites: (Junior) Open Water Diver or equivalent entry-level certification

Other costs & equipment

In-water training, as well as knowledge development, are required for the certification. Only the knowledge development part is covered in the cost when you buy the PADI eLearning program. For completing your certification with a PADI instructor, there is an additional cost that depends on class size, environment, and whether or not you need to rent scuba diving equipment. For more details, contact Dive Andaman, which is a 5-star PADI center.

Along with basic scuba gear, one will need a surface signaling device like an inflatable signal tube also known as a surface marker buoy or SMB. A spare parts kit is also a good idea. Depending on the location of your boat dive, your instructor will suggest additional equipment.

Time commitment

PADI eLearning: 2-4 hours

Entire course: 1-2 days

Available languages

The course is available in English. However, one can contact the PADI Dive Center for information on other available languages.

System requirements

The online courses of PADI work on the browsers listed below: Ensure that your browser is updated to have the best experience.

  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Firefox

You can also study at a location that has no internet access. Just use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. You can download the content in small sections with a total file size of around 182 MB. You can upload your progress when you get back online. This will help you in resuming your training right where you left off. The app is available for Android as well as Apple iOS devices. Devices should not be more than three models old and updated with the latest Operating System (OS). 

After this course

Your first dive of the PADI Boat Diver speciality course may be counted toward the Advanced Open Water Diver certification. You can ask your instructor about earning credit. Every earned PADI speciality certification takes you one step closer to becoming a master scuba diver. Only two per cent of divers have achieved this elite rating. 

Boat diving in Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep)

Different from shore diving, boat diving is even more enthralling and incredible. In boat diving, you have to dive from the boat and get into the depths of the water. If you are doing it for the first time, then your instructor will be there with you at all times under the water. In addition to that, you will be given a training session as well so that you can get familiar to some extent. It will include on-shore training on safety and underwater communication techniques.

When you are boat diving in Havelock Island, you will get a chance to explore the coral reefs of Turtle Beach and the Lighthouse with your divemaster. Just wear your diving suit and all other equipment, and you are good to go! And if you want some amazing photos and videos of your diving experience for your social media, then the expert underwater photographers of Dive Andaman will take care of it. You will get all everything on your smartphone right after your dive.


The total duration of the boat diving is one and a half hours. It will include underwater diving for around 20 to 30 minutes.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) about boat diving

Question 1: Is knowing swimming compulsory for trying my hand at boat diving?

Answer: No, knowing swimming is not compulsory if you want to try boat diving. Even if you know swimming, your instructor will tell you not to swim on your own when you are under the water. If you are a beginner, then the divemaster will take extra care of you throughout the dive. 

Question 2: Will I dive from the shore or the boat?

Answer: As evident from the name, you will be jumping into the water from the boat while boat diving. Your instructor will be there with you.

Question 3: Is boat diving risky?

Answer: Boat diving is absolutely safe water activity. Moreover, our professionally trained and PADI-certified dive instructors will be there with you.

Question 4: Can my ten-year-old kid go for boat dive?

Answer: Yes. The age limit is ten years for boat diving.

Question 5: Are there any medical restrictions?

Answer: Before going for your dive, you will be required to fill a medical declaration form stating that you are medically fit to undergo this scuba diving. People having ear infections and pregnant ladies are not allowed to dive.

Discover rich marine life of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands

The Andaman Islands is the best destination in India for exploring underwater life. People from all over the world flock to this region to get a glimpse of marine life. Discovering beautiful corals under azure waters is among the most opted activities in the Andamans. There are a number of ways to do that- scuba diving, snorkeling, and sea walking are the most popular ones. Scuba diving is the most preferred and the most incredible way to do so. While diving, there will be a certified instructor with you at all times for your safety. The sea life of the islands is one of a kind. There are a few spots under the water that are considered the best for exploring marine life, and your divemaster will take you there so that you can unveil the ocean in the best way possible. 

The Andaman Islands is a hub of water sports and when it comes to discovering underwater life via scuba diving, then Havelock Island is arguably the most exciting place while vacationing here. Enjoy the endless adventures that the Andaman Sea has to offer. It is one of the top experiences to try on the islands. One of the most adventurous things to do in the Andamans, it gives you a wonderful opportunity to uncover the mysteries of the underwater world. 

Your vacation in Andaman Island is incomplete if you don’t go diving in Havelock Island. The island is known for the best diving spots in the Andamans. Imagine going into the depths of such a magical place! It would be an experience of a lifetime. People from all over the world come to the Andaman Islands to experience such a splendid water adventure activity.

When in Havelock Island, make sure that you include scuba diving in your travel itinerary. The experience of this exciting water sport is something that will surely stay in your memories for the rest of your life. To have a mesmerizing diving experience, contact Dive Andaman and book your slot.

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