PADI Drift Diver Course

 
Course Introduction

The PADI Drift Diver Course is all about going with the flow. When diving in areas that have a current, there’s no sense in fighting it. Just go with the flow and take the PADI Drift Diver Course. In this course you’ll learn how to execute drift dives safely while maintaining the buddy system and having a blast. Drift diving is awesome. You’ll feel like you’re flying through the water effortlessly.

This course is designed to be an introduction to drift diving and to help the student diver develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary for drift diving.

 
 
Course Overview

The purpose of the PADI Drift Diver Specialty course is to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, hazards, and enjoyment of drift diving. The Drift Diver Specialty course is intended to serve as a safe and supervised introduction to drift diving in the underwater environment. The goals of PADI Drift Diver training are:
A. To develop the student’s practical knowledge of drift diving.
B. To enable the students to plan, organize and make dives using safe drift diving techniques.

 

academics

The PADI Drift Diver Course begins with independent study and knowledge development. Students will begin by watching the PADI Drift Diver video. Then Students will read and complete all knowledge reviews inside of their PADI Drift Diver Specialty Manual. Your instructor will review your knowledge reviews during your classroom session.

 

Open Water Training Dives

Open Water Training Dive 1
By the end of this open water training session, you will be able to:
Perform an entry specific to the particular environmental conditions and plan for the drift dive.
Maintain dive buddy contact specific to the particular environmental conditions and dive plan.
Maintain neutral buoyancy during the drift dive, avoiding unintended and/or destructive contact with the bottom.
Perform a safety stop at 5 meters/15 feet for at least three minutes prior to surfacing from the drift dive.
Perform an exit specific to the particular environmental conditions and plan for the drift dive.

Open Water Training Dive 2
By the end of this open water training session, you will be able to:
Perform an entry specific to the particular environmental conditions and plan for the drift dive.
Maintain dive buddy contact specific to the particular environmental conditions and dive plan.
Maintain neutral buoyancy during the drift dive, avoiding unintended and/or destructive contact with the bottom.
Determine the direction of drift, and relative strength of the current present during the dive.
Ascend at a rate not in excess of 18 meters/60 feet per minute.
Without maintaining physical contact with a float reference line, perform a safety stop at 5 meters/15 feet for at least three minutes prior to surfacing from the drift dive. Perform an exit specific to the particular environmental conditions.

 

    course duration

    The total course duration is approximately 5 hours typically conducted over 2 to 3 classes. For more information on specific scheduling for this course please click on the calendar below.

     

    Recommended Additional Training (optional)

    We suggest that all divers enrolling in PADI Specialty Course take the PADI Enriched Air Scuba Diver Course first in order to increase bottom time during your training dives.

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Course Prerequisites

    prerequisite training

    Be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.

     

    Age requirements

    PADI Drift Diver Minimum Age Requirement is 12 years old.

     
    depth restrictions

    The maximum depth is 30 meters/100 feet and for Junior Divers (12-14 years old) the maximum depth is 21 meters/70 feet.

     

    required Books

    The PADI Drift Diver Crewpak

    Drift DiverCrewpak: includes Drift Diving DVD and Specialty Manual.

     

    required equipment

    Standard SCUBA Gear: Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Compass, Dive Computer or Dive Watch, Knife, Safety Sausage, Communication Slate, Safety Whistle, Dive Lights, BCD, Regulators with Submersible Pressure Gauge, Tanks, Weights, Gloves and Wetsuit if required(during winter classes).

    Rental equipment is not included in this class. If you need to rent equipment please do not forget to select the rental equipment you will need when you book your course.

    All Students Are Required to Have a Dive Computer or Dive Watch for all courses.

     

    waivers and liability releases

    All participants must sign the following PADI release prior to any in water training. Parent or guardian signature is requiredfor participants younger than legal age for all PADI programs.

    Certification

    Upon successful completion of the course, the PADI Drift Diver Specialty certification is awarded.
    Certification means that you will be qualified to:

1. Plan, conduct and log open water drift dives in conditions generally comparable to or better than those you were trained in.

    2. Apply for the rating of Master Scuba Diver if you are a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) and a PADI Rescue Diver (or have a qualifying certification from another organization) with certification in four other PADI Specialty ratings.

PADI Course Cost, Location and Schedule

    Sign-up Today Start Diving Tomorrow

    We offer private lessons seven days a week. Sign up today and start diving tomorrow. We offer group lessons twice a month. Check the course schedule for more details.

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Youth Diving Responsibility and Risk

Parents and Junior Divers Must Watch This Video Together