Boat Diving

Diving from a boat is a skill in itself and PADI run a specialist course to help divers learn how to scuba dive from a boat safely. has collected some tips from our own experiences of boat diving to help you plan for a successful scuba diving trip.
There are numerous configurations of charter or hire dive boats to take you out to dive sites, but the main types used in the U.K. are:
Rigid Inflatable Boats which are fast, but can be unstable in poorer weather     Rib Boat
Hard Bottom Boats:
Bigger, and can carry more divers, but are generally slower     Rib Boat
Boats with accommodation so that you can stay close to dive sites some distance from land overnight and therefore packing in more diving into your trip!     Rib Boat
Boat Diving Tips

    Pay attention to the captain. Although you've chartered the boat, it is still the captains, and you need to respect that. Carefully follow all instructions whilst on the boat, and particularly the briefing. All boats are different, and so are the captains and they will know best for their dive boat.

    Get to know the dive boat. Know where facilities on the boat are kept. Remember the boats name and notice what it looks like underwater so you can spot it after the dive.

    Don't take things onto the boat you won't need as space will be limited, especially for things that need to stay dry. However, be prepared as you won't be able to go back to the car to grab a spare bit of kit if you forget something, or a piece of equipment breaks. Also take note of the weather. If it's cold take warm, dry clothing, if it's hot remember your sun cream, and always remember some fluids. You don't want to dehydrate whilst scuba diving.

    Invest in a boat bag. Most scuba divers will take a bag or crate with their own scuba equipment onto the dive boat to make it easier to board, and to keep their equipment safe. Remember it is likely to get wet on the boat.

    Pick a spot on the boat and stick to it. You will usually be positioned near your scuba tank, with some room for storage of your scuba gear. Don't spread your equipment around the boat and respect the space of your fellow scuba divers. Return to the same spot on the boat after your dive and the boat crew will let you know the procedure for changing to a full tank for the next dive.

    Carefully follow entry and exit instructions to the boat for your dive. They can change considerably from dive to dive. If the sea is rough, time your entry and exit when the water is closest to the dive platform if there is one.

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