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PADI BOAT SCUBA DIVER COURSE CAPE TOWN - INTRODUCTION

Do you just love the ocean? Being out at sea with the wind blowing in your hair and the salty sea spray filling the air around you, you feel calm and at one with the ocean. Or do you just dislike the hassle of shore diving? Then PADI Boat Diving Specialty Course is for you!

Here you will be able to explore new scuba dive sites that you may not be able to reach from shore. It also gives you a greater insight into the planning and execution of boat dives.

Whether you’re diving from a small rubber duck or a large cruise liner, the PADI Boat Diver Specialty familiarizes you with boat diving techniques that will be useful whenever you are faced with scuba diving from a boat.

Quick overview of the PADI
Boat Scuba Diver Course in Cape Town

  • You must have your PADI Open Water certification
  • Duration: 2 scuba dives (minimum 1 day)
  • Minimum age: 10
  • The course takes one day and focuses on how to scuba dive from boats of different sizes and in different places, entry and exit techniques, storing of your gear, using surface maker buoys and boat safety equipment.
  • Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, towel and a snack.

PADI BOAT SCUBA DIVER COURSE CAPE TOWN COURSE OUTLINE

We meet each morning at the Into the Blue shop in Cape Town as our central starting point. Here we do registration, theory and we also get your scuba equipment. Meeting times are normally at 08:00 so that we can launch early. You can expect to be finished between 2 and 4 in the afternoon, depending on where we are launching on the day. You will learn both theory and practical which consists of:

Theory

This course consists of two theory parts:

  • PADI Boat Diving Video
  • PADI Boat Manual, complete and review the knowledge reviews.

Practical

We do two scuba dives in total

  • Number  1:
    • We do entry and exit techniques
    • We enjoy one of our fun dives!
  • Number 2:
    • We learn how to deploying a surface marker buoy
    • We enjoy one of our fun dives!

PADI BOAT COURSE – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Why would I want to do the Boat Diving Course?
    It enables you to feel like you know more about the boat and feel more comfortable when you are diving off it. The course also helps you reach new sites that you wouldn’t be able to reach from the shore.

  2. Is it difficult?
    No, it is not. Many people find boat scuba diving much easier than shore diving.

  3. Is it dangerous?
    No. The skippers on the boats we use are highly trained professional and are very safety conscience.

  4. How deep are the boat dives around Cape Town?
    Most of our boat dives are deeper dives, ranging from 18 – 35m.

  5. Where in Cape Town do you launch from?
    Depending on the conditions of the day we will either launch from Hout Bay Harbour, Millers Point in False Bay or the Powerboat Club next to the V&A waterfront in Cape Town.

  6. What kind of boat do you use?
    We use an inflatable rib boat that is 9 meters long.

 

What have others said about Into the Blue Scuba Dive Center?

Globetrekker Oxford

“Top marks for safety and professionalism”....

The reason for giving five stars is not because my dive day was good - it was horrible, a complete washout, no viz, unpleasant swell, just all round yucky conditions.

However, that's nature, and dive operators can do nothing about it. What all dive operators should do is be as professional and customer-focused as the guys from ITB diving.

First thing to note is that ITB is considerably cheaper (by almost 1000.- Rand) than Simonstown operators, which is baffling considering that they also have the transport cost from Cape Town to budget for.

DMs, Instructors and Shopfloor staff are all super friendly and helpful; I even got picked up from my Cape Town digs and dropped off afterwards, free of charge.

On the boat, I saw all the emergency and redundancy gear I like to see: twin engines (VERY important!), Oxygen, comms gear, flares, the lot. Briefings were thorough, and buddy check was insisted on.

The trip to Seal Rock in the RIB was fun in the swell, but when we got there the captain did not let us dive because of the unsafe conditions. Disappointing as this was, he was totally right. Low tide and heavy swells are a dangerous combination this close to the rocks, and as for trying to get back into a RIB in seas like this....
We then tried the PMB wreck, where zero viz and nasty vertical swell separated the group and forced us out of the water after 25 minutes.

The captain did offer to try another spot but was honest enough to tell us that in his opinion it was going to be rubbish everywhere, and so we called it a day.

Back at the dive shop, we were all offered a re-schedule, but as I'm out of time I was given half my money back. I know from experience that this is not the norm in the industry, sadly.

Into the Blue is a top notch outfit that does things by the book, with a strong safety focus and very customer centered, on top of offering reasonable pricing and a fair refund policy. You'll have a hard time to find a better operator anywhere around. They'll definitely be my first choice when I pass through next, and for doing my IDC sometime this year.

Just hope mother nature will be in better mood then.

Visited April 2017

 

Amy Musto

Had the best diving experience with Into the Blue, first...

dive was a ship wreck followed by doing yoga moves with the seals. Would highly recommend diving with these guys, very professional and fun! I sadly lost my go pro whilst diving with the seals but I'll always have the memories!

Martin Jansen van Rensburg

Had a fantastic time doing my PADI Open Water Diving Course...

Josh, Alexis, JP and Robin were really professional and knowledgeable whilst keeping it fun and relaxed.

I would recommend Into the Blue to anybody.