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Dive Boat Courses


The Diveboat Master courses were introduced due to demand from the diving industry.

Some time ago, IYT Worldwide was approached by a number of dive companies operating throughout the Caribbean Islands, Australia and the Red Sea (specifically Egypt) and asked to develop a course that would be specific to diveboat operators.

Research indicated that no such qualification currently existed and that a large number of diveboat operators while suitably qualified to teach scuba diving, were not suitably qualified to competently operate a diveboat.

The challenge was to develop a course that incorporated all of the health, safety, engineering, legal and competency aspects that are required to safely operate such a boat.

The concept was to develop a course that would incorporate everything that a diveboat operator would be required to know from the moment the boat left the dock until its safe return to port.


The development of the courses has taken place largely due to the help, input and support of the following organisations:

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (Australia)

Dept.of Employment & Industrial Relations/ Workplace Health and Safety, Queensland Govt.

Diving Dynamics, Kelowna, British Columbia


The courses, while diveboat specific, contain the necessary knowledge for operators to obtain various certificates of competency (COCs) issued by IYT Worldwide on behalf of the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The MCA boating qualifications are the most internationally recognized qualifications in the world and have, over the past ten years become the "de facto" world standards

N. B. These courses are by no means meant to replace any certification or licensing that may be required (by law) in the various flag state maritime jurisdictions worldwide.

Course development:

During the development and research aspects of the courses, it quickly became apparent that one course would not be sufficient to cover all of the requirements for a diveboat operator.

Further research suggested that various levels of Diveboat Master qualifications should be introduced based on past experience and distance from a safe haven..

This research let to the development of the qualifications that we have now termed Diveboat Master Level 1 and Level 2 with the following criteria:

Diveboat Crew

Entry level requirements: none

Course components;

1) VHF & Radio Communications (1 day)  

2) STCW 95 Basic Safety Training (5 days)**

VHF Course outline: Introduction to VHF radio's Basic radio theory Line of sight Subsidiary equipment Common radio terms Regulations / Licensing requirements VHF radio equipment Radio procedures Transmitting and receiving The phonetic alphabet Emergency radio communications EPIRB and SART Hand held short range VHF radio's

** STCW  Basic Safety Training comprises theory and practical courses in sea survival, fire fighting, first aid at sea and personal safety and social responsibilities.

Diveboat Mate:

Entry level requirements: have completed the Diveboat crew courses

Course components;

1)General Engineering Course (3 days) *

2)Diveboat Master Theory Part 1 Nautical science (3 days)

3)Diveboat Master Theory Part 2 Diveboat Safety Operations (2 days) see syllabus below

Diveboat Safety and Operations


1) What laws apply

2) Specific regulations for diving

3) Code of practice for diving

4) General hazards

5) Plant, machinery and equipment

6) Noise and hazardous substances

7) Managing the risk

8) Identify the hazard

9) Assess the risk

10) Headcounts

11) Predeparture checks

12) Medical fitness

13) Supervision

14) Lookout person

15) Snorkelling guides and supervisors

16) Equipment

17) Rescues and emergencies

18) Rescue and resuscitation

19) Oxygen

20) Marine stings

21) Moving vessesl

22) Recreational and technical diving

23) Nitrox

24) Diving using EANx with scuba

25) Rebreathers

26) Decompression

27) Predive check and emergency procedures

28) Gas quality in cylinders

29) Use of compressors

30) Mixed gas dive qualifications

31) Training

32) Log keeping

33) Problems associated with aluminum gas cylinders

34) Dive tables and dive depths

35) Diving related illness's

36) Flying after diving

37) Nitrogen narcosis

38) Barotrama

Diveboat Master: Level 1

Operational area: Within sight of land

Limitations: Vessels up to 24 meters

Entry level requirements: PADI Dive Master Instructor (or equivalent)

Medical fitness certificate including color blindness test

Complete Course components;

1) VHF & Radio Communications (1 day)

2) General Engineering Course (3 days)

3) STCW 95 Basic Safety Training (5 days)

4) Diveboat Master Theory Part 1 Nautical science (3 days)

5) Diveboat Master Theory Part 2 Diveboat Safety Operations (2 days)

6) Diveboat Master Practical Course (4 days on board a boat)

*The general engineering course can be taken as an instructional course in facilities / schools that have engineering workshops, or as competency based training, but requires successful completion of the IYT GEC Training Record Book.

STCW Basic Safety Training courses are available at participating IYT partner schools worldwide and at nautical colleges across the globe.

IYT will accept STCW certificates issued by other flag state authorities provided they are on the IMO white list.

STCW stands for the Standards of Training & Certification of Watchkeepers.

These standards are laid down by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) which has 181 member countries worldwide.

Certificates obtained on successful completion of the Diveboat Master Level 1 course:

1)IYT Small Powerboat and RIB Master certificate (MCA approved)

2)IYT VHF & Radio Communications Certificate (MCA approved)

3)IYT General Engineering Certificate (GEC)

4)STCW Basic Safety Training Certificates (IMO approved)

5)IYT Diveboat Master Level 1 Certificate of Competency (DBM)***

*** The IYT Diveboat Master Level 1 Certificate of Competency will only be issued upon successful completion of all six modules of the course.

Diveboat Master: Level 2

Operational area: Up to 60 miles Offshore

Limitations: Vessels up to 24 meters

Entry requirements: Completion of Diveboat Master Level 1

Medical fitness certificate

Have logged 800 nautical miles in command

Course component: IYT Mate 200 Tons / Master of Yachts Coastal (5 days onboard a boat)

Certificates obtained on successful completion of the Diveboat Mastr Level 2 course:

1)IYT Mate 200 Tons / Master of Yachts Coastal

2)IYT Diveboat Master Level 2

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Dive Boat Master