Boat Handling


Boat Handling

Learn how to drive our RIB and recover divers!

Red Sea Hard Boat

As well as UK diving we also arrange holidays abroad.

UK Diving

Diving in the UK offers abundant marine life


We often dive the Farne Islands where we are greeted by friendly seals

Undersea Wonders

Red Sea? Barrier Reef? No, this photo was taken in Cornwall.

Tropical diving

The Red Sea offers warm and clear water

Hardboat dive

Farne Islands

UK Hard Boat dive

As well as our club's own dive RIB, we also charter large dive boats

Boat handling course Plymouth

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Want to learn how to handle a dive boat but have little or no experience?

This two-day course is designed to give students with little or no boat handling knowledge or experience, instruction in small boat handling. It covers techniques relevant to diving and related safety knowledge. The first half of day one covers the theory fundamentals with practical sessions in the afternoon, and then all of day two is spent doing practical sessions.
Many divers find this the most enjoyable course we do. It provides or enhances skills dramatically over a weekend that can often be further refined in the branch.

Entry requirement 
This course is open to all over the age of 14. No diving qualification is needed to do this course. 

What you’ll learn
The Boat Handling course has a mix of classroom-based and practical lessons, teaching you:
• familiarisation with the boat and its equipment.
• owner and driver responsibilities.
• boat handling basics – operating a boat, launching/loading and retrieval
• voyage planning – weather, tides, area familiarity, crew and ‘get home’ plan.
• both sheltered and open water handling.
• anchoring and diving.
The fun bit
here’s lots of hands-on action with this course. You’ll feel the thrill of driving a boat at high speed, and face the challenge of conquering new skills and techniques. When you’re not driving yourself you’ll be practicing new skills as part of the boat crew.

Learning materials
Your course pack includes all the learning materials you need for the course. The pack includes: Seamanship: a guide for divers book, the Boat Handling course manual and a Qualification Card application.