Diving in a current can feel like flying underwater. In the PADI® Drift Diver course, you’ll learn drift diving tips from an experienced instructor and practice buoyancy control, navigation, use of surface signaling equipment and buddy communication.
Scuba diving in a current can be both relaxing and exhilarating. You may slowly glide over a reef, or zoom over an underwater landscape so fast it feels like flying. By the end of your drift diver course, you’ll have the skills you need to confidently go with the flow.
What you can expect to learn
- Use surface signaling equipment
- Stay close to your buddy
- Make entries and descents in a current
- Feel confident diving in a current
- Learn about aquatic currents- causes and effects
Course Equipment Requirements
In addition to basic scuba equipment, you’ll use various surface marker buoys and floats with lines and reels. A surface marker buoy (SMB) is important safety equipment – no matter where you dive. Consider buying one prior to your course so you can practice using it and become familiar with how it works.
12 years or older
(Junior) Open Water Diver or equivalent certification
How do I get Started?
During two dives in a current, you’ll practice buoyancy control, navigation and buddy communication. Practice using a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB), float, line, reel, or other drift diving safety equipment.
How long will this take?
Entire course: 1-2 days
How much is the course?
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