Improve your students' competency in safely deploying a department rescue vessel for diving and search/rescue operations

Boat Based Operations Trainer (BBOT)
Duration:  1 day (8 hours)
Recommended for:  Experienced trainers who want to expand on their department members' skills to safely deploy department watercraft to support diving, water rescue and search operations.


  • Sponsorship by a public safety agency
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Current Public Safety Scuba Instructor or Dive Rescue 1 Trainer certification
  • Proof of Boat Based Operations certification
Training Schedule & Map
Course Registration
Dive Rescue I Training Program from Dive Rescue International


Successful completion of the Boat Based Operations Trainer (BBOT) program provides the Instructor with skills required to improve the students' ability to safely navigate department watercraft in the support of divers, water rescue and search operations.  Instructors will become more familiar with types of boats, boating language, anchor types and principles, search patterns and accident scene evaluation.  Instructors will have hand-on practice with basic boat handling. Obtaining the BBOT certification allows the Instructor to teach the Boat Based Operations program in-house and to mutual aid departments.

Note To Applicants
This program is designed for personnel who are physically fit. Participants are encouraged to participate after successfully completing the IADRS Watermanship Test or testing to a fitness level of 13 MET (Metabolic Equivalents) or greater. Participants with aerobic fitness questions or concerns should consult their physician prior to in-water training. Participants who have poor aerobic fitness may attend this program as surface support personnel with the approval of the instructor.