The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along. It feels like flying – except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. If this sound like fun, then the Drift Diver course is for you.
If you’re a Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Drift Diver specialty course.
Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you’ll:
Receive an introduction to drift diving equipment – floats, lines and reels.
Get an overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects.
Practice with buoyancy control, navigation and communication during two drift dives.
Learn techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group as you float with the current.
Also, the first dive of the Drift Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask us about earning credit.
Important Medical Information
All student divers are required to complete the PADI/RSTC Medical Statement Participant Record form. If you can answer "YES" to one or more of the questions in the Divers Medical Questionnaire section of this form, then you are required to obtain a physician's release, without conditions or restrictions, before participating in any in-water component of the course. Please read the complete details and download the form here.
If you have a copy of this form signed by a physician within 12 months prior to the expected completion date of your course, and your medical history has not changed, then you may provide a copy of it to your instructor. Otherwise, you will need to complete a new form.
Please stop by or give us a call.
Stop by or call Scuba Frisco at 214-227-2494 to enroll in the course and get the PADI Drift Diver Crew-Pak that includes your manual and video. By studying before the dives, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your drift diving skills when you go diving with your Instructor.
Student Agreement: By registering for the Drift Diver Course, you indicate that you have read and agree to the course policies, terms and conditions.
Drift Diver Course Schedule
Please stop by or give us a call to schedule your course. This course is generally offered, and the dives are completed, on our group dive trips.
Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll learn to use various surface marker buoys and floats with lines and reels. Your Instructor may suggest additional equipment you may need to get the most of your drift dives.
The Next Step
With your PADI Drift Diver certification, you're well on your way toward earning additional specialty diver certifications, the Advanced Open Water Diver certification, or the prestigious Master Scuba Diver certification. You may want to expand your diving skills even more with the Rescue Diver course. Ask your instructor or divemaster, stop by Scuba Frisco, or give us a call for more details.