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PADI DRIFT DIVER


The Drift Diver Specialty course is intended to serve as a safe, supervised introduction to open water diving where there is a current.  The purpose of the PADI Drift Diver Specialty course is to familiarize divers with drift diving procedures, skills, hazards and the enjoyment of drift diving.


Required age/certification level

Minimum age:  12 years old and Padi Open Water certification/Junior Open Water certification, or have a qualifying certification from another organization.


There are knowledge reviews in the Padi Adventures in Diving manual which must be completed prior to diving, and will be reviewed by the instructor.


There are 2 dives  in the Drift Diver Course


Open Water Training Drift Dive One

Performance Requirements.

By the end of this open water training session, you will perform an entry specific to the particular environmental conditions and the plan for the drift dive.  Maintain dive buddy contact and neutral buoyancy during the drift dive to avoiding unintended and/or destructive contact with the bottom.  Perform a safety stop at 5 metres/15 feet for at least three minutes prior to surfacing from the drift dive and exit the water specific to the conditions and the plan for the drift dive.


Open Water Training Drift Dive Two

Performance Requirements.

By the end of this open water training session, you will perform an entry specific to the particular environmental conditions and plan for the drift dive.

Maintain dive buddy contact and neutral buoyancy during the drift dive, avoiding unintended and/or destructive contact with the bottom. Determine the direction of the drift, and relative strength of the current present during the dive. Ascend at a rate not in excess of 18 metres/60 feet per minute without physical contact with a float reference line, perform a safety stop at 5 metres/15 feet for at least three minutes prior to surfacing from the drift dive. Perform an exit specific to the particular environmental conditions.


Equipment Required

Each diver must have a snorkel, mask, fins, scuba cylinder, buoyancy

control device with low-pressure inflator, regulator a secondary air source, a submersible pressure gauge, a dive knife, a compass, and Whistle or other surface signalling device


Prices    ( Excluding equipment rental.)

2+People = $180.00 each   Private = $280.00


Where can you go from here?

The Drift Diver course is a great way to familiarize yourself with the hazards of diving in the open sea and is a favourite diving technique as you do not need to concern yourself regards finding the way back to the dive boat. The course may also be credited towards a program of speciality courses to achieve the Master Scuba Diver rating.