PADI Drift Diver Course

If you want to feel like flying underwater, then dive in a current! In the PADI Drift Diver course, our experienced instructor will teach you drift diving tips. You will be practising buoyancy control, navigation, use of surface signalling equipment, and buddy communication.

Drift diving is all about gliding with currents, feeling the rush of flying underwater, and watching fish moving up the current effortlessly. There will be one dive in this course and the duration of the entire experience will be around three hours. You will be exposing yourself to the techniques and procedures for drift diving.

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In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Try drift diving with an instructor
  • Feel confident diving in a current
  • Learn about aquatic currents - causes and effects
  • Use surface signalling equipment
  • Stay close to your buddy
  • Make entries and descents in a current

Some of the topics covered in this course will include the following:

  • Planning, organisation, problems and hazards of drift diving
  • Special equipment (floats, lines, reels)
  • Proper procedures for buoyancy control, navigation, and communication

Why take the PADI Drift Diving Course?

Diving in a current can be both exhilarating and relaxing. You may slowly glide over a reef or move very speedily over an underwater landscape that it may feel like flying. This course will teach you the skills that you will require to confidently go with the flow.

Independent study

PADI eLearning- You can fit scuba diving lessons into your hectic schedule easily with online learning. One can complete the independent study part of this diving course at their convenience. You can work at your own pace, online or offline, using a mobile device or a computer. Talk to the instructor for in-water training or whenever there is some doubt.

eLearning time commitment: 2-4 hours

With your instructor

This will be done at the dive centre. There will be 2 dives in a current wherein you will practice buoyancy control, navigation, and buddy communication. You will be practising using a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB), float, line, reel, or other drift diving safety equipment.

  • Prerequisites: PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level certification)
  • Total time commitment: 1-2 days
  • Minimum age: 12 years or older

Medical requirements

A minimum level of health and fitness is required for scuba diving. In case you are suffering from any chronic health condition, or taking certain medications and/or had surgery recently, you will have to get written approval from a physician before diving. In order to avoid any confusion, you can simply download and review the Diver Medical Form to make sure that you will not require approval from a physician to dive. You should not ask your instructor, dive master, or dive shop staff for medical advice as they are not physicians. Only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive if you do not have a minimum level of health and fitness. 

Prerequisites & Minimum Age

  • Minimum Age: 12 years
  • Course prerequisites: (Junior) Open Water Diver or equivalent certification

Drift diving is all about gliding with the currents, watching the big pelagic fish move up current, and feeling the adrenaline rush of flying under the water. During the PADI Drift Diver course, you will be going on two open-water scuba dives.

The following topics will be covered in this diving program:

  • Planning, organisation, problems and hazards of drift diving
  • Special equipment (floats, lines, reels)
  • Proper procedures for buoyancy-control, navigation, and communication
  • Site selection and an overview of aquatic currents causes and effects
  • Techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group

Other Costs & Equipment

PADI Drift Diver course comprises knowledge development as well as in-water training for certification. Only the knowledge development part is covered in the cost when you purchase PADI eLearning online. There is an additional cost involved in the certification with the PADI instructor. The cost varies on the basis of the class size, environment, and whether or not you need to rent equipment. You can contact Dive Andaman, a 5-star PADI center in Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), for more information and pricing. Along with the scuba equipment, you will also need various surface marker buoys (SMB) and floats with lines and reels. No matter where you dive, an SMB is important safety equipment. It is recommended that you buy one prior to your course so that you can practise using it. This way, you will become familiar with its working.

Time Commitment

  • PADI eLearning: 2-4 hours
  • Entire course: 1-2 days

System requirements

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  • Chrome
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You can also study at a location that has no internet access. Just use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. You can download the content in small sections with a total file size of around 177 MB. You can upload your progress when you get back online. This will help you in resuming your training right where you left off. The app is available for Android as well as Apple iOS devices. Devices should not be more than three models old and updated with the latest Operating System (OS). 

After PADI Drift Diver course

The first dive of the PADI Drift Diver Specialty course may be counted toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification. Only two per cent of divers are able to achieve this elite rating. It is one step closer to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver.

If you are in the Andaman Islands and are willing to enrol in the PADI Drift Diver course, then trust none other than the best–Dive Andaman. Located in Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), our 5-star PADI center is a renowned dive shop that offers all kinds of diving programs designed for beginners as well as experienced, along with recreational dives as well. Except for Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and Barefoot, we will provide you pick-up and drop-off facility as well.

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