Drift Diver

The PADI Drift Diver specialty course is a scuba diving course which teaches you how to safely drift dive by allowing the current to carry you along as you dive.


In order to enroll in the Drift Diver course, you need to be at least 15 years old and a certified PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent).

Course Structure

During your Drift Diver specialty course, you will learn and practice different techniques for drift diving and swimming in a steady current while underwater. This may include estimating distances, equalizing, ascending and descending, maintaining the buddy system and managing a surface float or marker buoy. Your instructor will discuss important aspects to keep in mind while you are using drift diving and certain steps for preparing for your dive. During your open water dives, you will put these techniques into practice by preparing for the dive and touring part of the dive site while towing a surface float and being carried along by the current.

Once you have you completed the Drift Diver specialty course, you will receive a temporary Drift Diver certification card, which you can start using right away! You will receive your permanent card about 30-45 days after you have been certified.

Required Equipment

You will be required to have your own mask, fins, and snorkel for the duration of the course. We would also recommend that you have a suitable exposure suit – a wetsuit during the winter months to protect your body from the cold and a lycra, or skin suit for the summer months to protect your body from jellyfish stings and scrapes.

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