Boat Diver

 The Kona Coast 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 46’ 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.

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Boat Diver Specialty Course Details

  • Cost: 

  • Prerequisites:  Open Water Certification.  Minimum age – 12 yrs old.  Ages 10-11 with instructor approval.

  • Specialty Class UpgradesIf 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 with just academics and one more training dive.  The same applies for the Underwater Naturalist and Peak Performance Buoyancy.   Complete two courses on a two-tank day trip by combining the second dives of each specialty.   The price for instruction is still $250 plus tax, materials, and rental gear and just $48 fee to process the second certification.

  • We Provide: Instruction, 2 boat dives, tanks, weights, light lunch and drinks on boat.

  • Students Provide: PADI eLearning or 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


Boat Diver Specialty Course Schedule

  • Duration: One day – Two dives.

  • Preparation: 

    • OPTION 1:  Complete Boat Diver eLearning Course

    • OPTION 2:  Read the Boat Diver Manual and fill out Knowledge Reviews 

  • Day 1 (8:00am – 4:00pm): Boat: Two dives.  Certifications issued upon successful completion of dives.

Things to Know:

  • Flying or Driving to Altitude After Diving:  If you complete the open water experience, it is recommended you wait at least 12 hours before flying or driving to altitude.  If you make more than one open water dive on the same day; or, dive over two or more days, wait 18 hours.

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Master Scuba Diver Rating

The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is the highest rating in non-professional recreational diving.  To achieve this rating you 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 that is displayed in our shop to honor this achievement.