Drift Diver

Drift Diver

The Course

​The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along. It feels like flying – except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. If this sound like fun, then the Drift Diver course is for you.


If you’re a Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Drift Diver specialty course.

​The Learning

​Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you’ll:

  • Receive an introduction to drift diving equipment – floats, lines and reels.
  • Get an overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects.
  • Practice with buoyancy control, navigation and communication during two drift dives.
  • Learn techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group as you float with the current.

​Also, the first dive of the Drift Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask us about earning credit.


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​Get Started

​Stop by or call us to enroll in the course and get the PADI Drift Diver eLearning. By studying before the dives, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your drift diving skills when you go diving with your Instructor.

​The Gear

​Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll learn to use various surface marker buoys and floats with lines and reels. Your Instructor may suggest additional equipment you may need to get the most of your drift dives.

​The Next Step

​With your PADI Drift Diver certification, you’re well on your way toward earning additional specialty diver certifications, the Advanced Open Water Diver certification, or the prestigious Master Scuba Diver certification. You may want to expand your diving skills even more with the Rescue Diver course. Ask your instructor or divemaster, stop by, or give us a call for more details.