Do you love the feeling of gliding with the current yet hate having to fight against it to get back to the boat or shore? The PADI Drift Diver specialty course involves learning the best techniques to get the most out of diving in a drift, so that you can relax on your dive and let yourself fly through the water.

The PADI Drift diver specialty covers planning and organising a drift dive, equipment considerations, techniques to control and maintain good buoyancy as well as guiding divers in the best method to ascend/descend and exit the water.

Course Overview​

  • The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems & hazards of drift diving

  • Special equipment – floats, lines & reels

  • Proper procedures for buoyancy control, navigation & communication

  • Site selection and overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects

  • Techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group

Drift Diving with a Whaleshark
Course Prerequisites

Knowledge Development


Knowledge development is based on a self-study method, allowing you to study in your own time, at your own pace. Home study is backed up by an academic session with your PADI Instructor, to ensure full understanding of the course material.

Confined/Open Water Dives

  • 2 Open Water Dives

Price Includes​

  • PADI Drift Diver Course Materials

  • PADI Certification Fee

Continue The Adventure...

Now that you have mastered the techniques for drift diving, enhance your safety as a drift diver by enrolling onto the PADI SMB Diver Specialty course. This course will teach you the essentials involved in deploying a SMB, particularly important for your boat to follow your progress on a drift dive.

If you have completed 5 PADI Specialties & the PADI Rescue Diver course and have 50 logged dives, you qualify to register as a PADI Master Scuba Diver, the highest non-professional diver rating within PADI.