PADI Drift Diver Specialty Course

Why should you attend a PADI Scuba Diving Drift Diver Specialty Course? Is it like burning rubber donuts in an underwater car park? What exactly is Drift Diving?

The PADI Scuba Diving Drift Diver Specialty Course teaches you how to drift with the flow as you use ocean or river currents to glide along.  It is especially suited to areas with mild to strong current with long reefs, kelp forests or other topography within recreational depth limits. It can feel like hang gliding or horizontal sky diving– except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. The current allows you to see more aquatic life and underwater formations than usual as you let the current do the work that you would normally do by swimming. Drift diving can sometimes be an adrenaline-filled rush and at other times relaxing and tranquil. Although it is typically conducted from a boat in open ocean, drift diving is also possible from shore in rivers and areas with strong tidal currents.  If this sounds like fun, then the PADI Scuba Diving Drift Diver Specialty Course is for you.

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Scuba Diving Drift Diver Specialty Course is that instead of fighting the current,you just go with the flow. It’s super fun!

What will you learn?

Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you will:

  • be introduced to drift diving equipment – floats, lines and reels
  • get an overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects
  • find out about the different types of drift diving
  • practice your 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
  • be briefed about drift diving hazards and potential problems

What will you do?

Under the close eye of your qualified  PADI Specialty Instructor you will organize and make at least two Open Water dives that range from 18 – 20 metres / 60 – 65 feet.

  • Plan a drift dive accounting for appropriate techniques for the environment, conditions, depth and other variables.
  • Demonstrate an entry specific to the environmental conditions and the planned drift
  • Demonstrate how to maintain buddy contact throughout the drift dive.
  • Demonstrate appropriate buoyancy control throughout the dive, including neutral
    buoyancy, streamlining, and avoiding accidental/damaging contact with the environment.


  • minimum age 12 years old
  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver

What will you get?

Apart from the rush of drifting the distance, you will also receive:

  • PADI Drift Diver Specialty Certification
  • one of the five PADI Specialty Diver Certifications to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) Rating
  • the first dive of this PADI Drift Diver Specialty Course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
  • you may be able to get college credit for the PADI Drift Diver Specialty Course

Your Next Adventure
A favorite companion course to the PADI Drift Diver Specialty Course is the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) Diver Specialty Course. If you want you can take these two specialties concurrently. Peak Performance Buoyancy is the mark of an experienced scuba diver, and is an indispensable skill in scuba diving. Drift diving is no exception,  as the speed at which you travel can make it harder to negotiate obstacles quickly. This is one reason why sufficient mastery of buoyancy control is essential in Drift Diving.