One of the most useful specialty courses to follow is the PADI Drift Diver Specialty Course. It introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you will ever experience. You will find out that drift diving is nearly effortless and relaxing. You simply glide along and enjoy the rush of flying underwater while the current does the work.
This course teaches you how to take advantage of the currents, staying with your buddy, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. If this sounds like fun than the PADI Drift Diver Specialty Course is made for you.
You can sign up for this course if you are a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver and at least 12 years old.
This course consists of 2 drift dives that can be done during 1 day.
What will you learn:
- The advantages and disadvantages of drift diving.
- Drift dive environments, currents types and strengths or shortly called aquatic currents -causes and effects
- Drift diving techniques and procedures.
- Specialized drift diving equipment – floats, lines and reels.
- Dangers and hazards of drift diving.
- Safe drift dive planning and preparation.
- Various entry and exit techniques when drift diving.
- Descending, ascending, buoyancy control, navigation and communication while drifting.
- Techniques for staying close to your buddy or together as a group as you float with the current.
- Problem solving and safety procedures like buddy separation, exhaustion, stress or entanglement.
However drift diving or any type of diving in a current is an extra element of risk that can put you in danger if you don’t know or understand what you are up against.
You are riding the currents maintaining neutral buoyancy.
For this course you just need you basic diving equipment. You will learn to use various surface marker buoys and floats, lines and reels. Your local PADI instructor may suggest other gear you may need to get the most out of your drift dives.
The manual and the certificate are not included in the price.
All divers know that diving is often compared to being outer space of flying, well nothing comes closer to that feeling than gliding along above a reef on a drift dive. This is what drift diving is all about.
Drift diving can be fun and exciting and allows you to cover lots of territory with little effort.
We highly recommend to expose yourself to the techniques and procedures for drift diving since many of the larger creatures can be seen more frequently in currents. Being a drift diver will help you get the most out of each of your drifts.
Become one by signing up to the PADI Drift Diver Specialty Course with us. We await you at our diving center.