The Kona coast of Hawaii is the perfect place to explore dive sites by boat. With pristine coral reefs, underwater lava rock structures, and steep drop-offs, Kona dive sites are full of adventure! The PADI Boat Diver Specialty is offered at Jack’s Diving Locker on one of their custom-built dive boats such as Kea Nui – a 34’ Newton Dive Special. This course covers boat terminology, types of boats, rules of the road, safety procedures and equipment. Students will get a chance to practice knot tying, securing the boat to a mooring, and docking procedures. In addition, students will learn how to prepare their gear for boat diving and how to dive properly from a boat. This specialty course only takes one day and includes two dives. The PADI Boat Diver Specialty certification counts toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.
COST: $195 plus tax. Boat Diving manual $38.61 (student discount applied)
PREREQUISITES: Open Water Certification. Minimum age – 12 yrs old. Ages 10-11 with instructor approval.
REGISTRATION: Please call the shop directly to make your reservation at 800-345-4807 or locally at 808-329-7585. Please fill out the Continuing Education Administrative Document. Please review the Medical Statement. If there is a YES to any question, you must get a doctor’s approval before starting the course. Please call the shop for assistance. 24 hour cancellation policy. Changes or cancellations must be made 24 hours or more in advance or full charge will occur.
WE PROVIDE: Instruction, tanks, weights, light lunch and drinks on boat.
STUDENTS PROVIDE: PADI Boat Diving manual, log book, BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask/snorkel/fins, and underwater timing device (dive computer recommended). Rental gear available.
DISCOUNTS: 10% off most regular priced merchandise. $5 off of dives.
DURATION: One day – Two dives.
PREPARATION: Read Boat Diver manual and fill out Knowledge Reviews Part I and II.
DAY 1 (8 am – 4:00 pm): Come with completed Knowledge Reviews from manual. Boat: Two dives. Post dive: log dives with instructor. Certifications issued upon successful completion of dives.
SPECIALTY UPGRADES: If you’re an Advanced Open Water Diver and you did a Boat Dive as one of your training dives, you can complete the Boat Diver Specialty by completing the academics and one more training dive. The same applies for the Underwater Naturalist Dive. Price $195 plus tax, materials, and rental gear. Many students complete these two courses on a two-tank day trip by combining the second Boat Dive and the second UW Naturalist Dive. The price for the combination is also $195 plus the $41 fee to process the second certification.
MASTER SCUBA DIVER RATING: This Specialty Diver course will count toward the PADI Master Scuba Diver – the highest rating in non-professional recreational diving. To achieve this rating, the diver must complete the following certifications: Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and 5 PADI Specialty courses. In addition, divers must have at least 50 logged dives. When completing these requirements at Jack’s Diving Locker, recipients will have their names engraved on a plaque to honor this achievement.