Dive Guide

Hawaiian Diving Adventures

Boat Diving: The ocean is full of incredible dive sites that are too far to enter from the shore. Diving from a boat requires additional safety considerations:

  • Avoiding trips, slips, and falls
  • Keeping your personal gear organized and secure
  • Properly entering and exiting the water
  • Required equipment and other important things to keep in mind
In this course, you will also learn about:
  • different types of boats commonly used for diving
  • safety procedures and items that should be onboard
  • how to discuss these procedures to keep all divers and crew safe
  • proper boat etiquette so you won’t be “that guy” in everyone’s stories
This specialty course provides the required skills and knowledge to help you safely dive from boats. It also allows you to gain the most from your boat diving trips.

How It Works

This program gives you the skills and experience required to safely lead groups of certified divers. It is also the first step towards an exciting career as an SSI Dive Professional without requiring you to complete an instructor training program. Guides can work for SSI Dive Centers, guiding dives in a variety of environments and conditions. This is a prerequisite for DivemasterAssistant Instructor, and Open Water Instructor.


The online e-Learning courses can be completed over a span of just a few days. Once you complete the online learning, the time it takes to complete the required dives varies and is dependent on your availability and performance. You will join actual dive trips as we teach and guide real people. First, you learn all you need to be a great assistant. Next, as you improve, you will lead dives under the supervision of your instructors.

This course is a big deal! It elevates you from a recreational diver into the realm of the pros. Plan on a serious time and energy commitment, as it takes a lot to learn to do what we do. Each course is individual, and timing depends on your growth and performance. It typically takes 2-6 months to become a Dive Guide, depending on the time you put into it.

What to Bring

  • All divers who are working their way towards earning a Dive Guide Certification must own their own equipment. This includes a wetsuit, fins, mask, snorkel, BCD, regulator, gauge, and dive computer.
  • You can bring a towel, sunglasses & maybe a hat for the boat trips (we have a dry storage area).
  • Bring your underwater camera & its waterproof casing to get the best shots!
  • We provide drinking water, fresh pineapple & snacks, but you can also bring your own.

Special Considerations

  • The minimum age is 15 years old. (You must be 18 years old to work as an active status Professional Dive Guide).
  • You must have specialty certifications or documented experience in the following areas: Deep Diving, Night & Limited Visibility, and Underwater Navigation.
  • Have a Diver Stress and Rescue certification or equivalent.
  • Must have logged at least 40 open water dives.
  • Certified in First Aid/CPR/AED (React Right) within the last 24 months.
  • Must have doctor’s approval to dive within the last 12 months
  • If you have questions, please contact Hawaiian Diving Adventures to discuss your particular circumstances before registration.
  • When scheduling your training dives, you must allow at least 18 hours after diving before flying. This is important — you cannot fly the same day after scuba diving.

Dive Guide Certification

Upon completion of this course, you are qualified to professionally lead certified divers on fun dives. We often hire our graduates into part and full-time positions.  

At least 26 dives, $2,400


Courses must be booked over the phone: call now at 808-232-3193.