If until now your experience has been that currents are something you fight to swim against; drift diving will give you a whole new perspective. Drift diving grew out of the philosophy, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” and is the prevailing practice in many areas with nearly continuous strong currents.
Drift diving can give you a real adrenaline pump. At some drift dive sites, the current rips you along far faster than you could swim, sailing you along effortlessly. Some divers compare drift diving in clear water to hang gliding or horizontal sky diving – but no airplane needed and you don’t have to worry about your chute opening.
During your PADI Drift Diver Specialty course, you learn about:
• Drift dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems
• An introduction to drift diving equipment – floats, lines, reels
• Buoyancy-control, navigation and communication for drift diving
• Site selection and overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects
• Techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group
You will need 2 drift dives to complete this specialty.
To enrol in the PADI Drift Diver Specialty, you must
• Be 12 years or older
• Have a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver certification (or have a qualifying certification from another
• PADI Drift Diver manual
• PADI Drift Diver Manual
• PADI Drift Diver Specialty certification card
Excludes: Resort related costs
Your Next Adventure
PADI Drift Diver certification counts toward your PADI Master Scuba Diver rating – the highest non- professional rating in recreational diving.
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