Drift Diving


The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy diving with the flow of the river and taking advantage of the current of the sea to plan. You feel like you’re flying, except you’re underwater and wearing scuba gear. Diving in currents can be relaxing and stimulating at the same time. If you find this fun, the Drift Diver course is for you.

If you are PADI Open Water Diver and you are at least 16 years old, you can enroll in the Drift Diver specialty course.

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Importance of Drift Diving

Learn the importance of a proper technique for current diving. Together with your PADI Instructor, you will learn the common techniques and procedures for driftdiving. In this course you will do the following:

  • You will receive an introduction to diving equipment in currents – floats, ropes and reels.
  • You will get a general view of the aquatic currents – causes and effects.
  • Practice buoyancy control, navigation and communication during two current dives.
  • Learn techniques to stay close to your companion or together in a group as you float with the current.

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diving Course can serve as an Adventure Dive credit for your Adventure Dive Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about getting credit.

Along with your basic diving equipment, you will learn to use various surface marking buoys and floats with lines and reels. Ask your PADI Instructor or dive center staff what additional equipment you may need to make the most of your current dives.

Pick up a PADI Drift Diver Manual and the Current Diving video to start learning immediately. Sign up now to start with your independent study materials.


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