Drift Diver Specialty

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. This course shows you how to enjoy rivers and ocean currents by “going with the flow,” staying with your dive partner, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time.

Drift diving is nearly effortless and relaxing. You simply glide along and enjoy the rush of flying underwater while the current does the work. Here at home, we love to drift dive in the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands area. There are great shipwrecks to see as you surf the current down the river. Away from home, Cozumel, Mexico is probably most famous for its drift diving.

What You’ll Learn

Under the supervision of your instructor, you’ll complete 2 dives while learning the following:

  • Planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of drift diving
  • An introduction to drift diving equipment: floats, lines, reels
  • Buoyancy control, navigation and communication for drift diving
  • Site selection and overview of aquatic currents: causes and effects
  • Techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group

What You’ll Need

  • Hold an Open Water Diver certification from PADI or hold an equivalent certification from another recognized scuba diver training organization
  • Be 15 years or older (12 for Junior)

In addition to your scuba equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, BCD, regulator, tanks, exposure suit), you will also need a surface marker buoy and reel.


Instructor fee: $150 (taxes, PADI Drift Dive crewpak, boat charter, and equipment extra)