Drift Diver

Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating. The PADI Drift Diver Speciality course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive using ocean currents to glide along.

About the Course

Drift Diving Atauro Island

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 especially on the beautiful wall dives of Atauro Island

You will also learn about deploying an SMB (Surface Marker Buoy) so that the boat can locate you and pick you up.

If you’re a PADI (Junior) 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.

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.


Along with your basic scuba equipment, you’ll learn to use various surface marker buoys and floats with lines and reels. Ask your PADI Instructor about other equipment you may need to get the most of your drift dives.

Getting Started

Pick up a PADI Drift Diver Manual and the Drift Diving video to start learning immediately.


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