Drift Diver Specialty PADI Course
Fly underwater with the PADI® Drift Diver Program!
1 day minimum | 2 Open Water Dives
Go with the flow!
Don't fight the current. Just go with it!
The concept of a drift dive is the opposite of diving in a fixed location with a current. Instead of diving into the current and then using the current to return to the boat, a drift
dive has the divers allowing the current to propel them, and the boat follows.
A drift dive in a soft to medium-strong current can be one of the most relaxing dives. Nothing comes close to that feeling than flying underwater, watching the reef go by with
Currents carry nutrients that help create locations rich in marine life; corals will open
wide in a current, and small fish will come out of hiding to eat. The increase in smaller
fish attracts larger fish and aquatic life. Drift diving will allow you to cover a much larger
area of reef in a single dive, and you will also be experiencing this food chain
exploitation of the increased nutrients.
The PADI Drift Diver Specialty Course will introduce you to the most fantastic method of transportation you will ever experience. You will learn the techniques used to take full advantage of Mother Nature and how to do it safely and maximize the fun side.
By the end of your course, you'll be prepared to plan and execute your drift dives with confidence.
The Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course will help you perfect your buoyancy skills for Drift diving.
If you are interested in marine biology and ecosystem, then the PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course is for you. Take a step beyond the Fish Identification Specialty course and learn about the relationships between plants, animals, and the environment.
Let's start your PADI® Drift Diver Specialty Course!
During the Drift Diver Course, you will learn:
- Planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, and hazards of drift diving
- An intro to drift diving equipment such as floats, reels, lines, and boats
- Various entry and exit techniques of drift diving
- Buoyancy control, communication, and navigation for drift diving
- Site selection and overview of submarine currents, causes, and effects
- Techniques for staying close to a buddy or as a group
- Problem-solving and safety procedures: buddy separation, stress, exhaustion, or entanglement
|Prerequisites||Be a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or equivalent, able to swim, medically fit for diving (please complete the PADI Medical Form and bring to orientation), comfortable in the water
|Total time commitment||1 day minimum|
|Minimum age||12 years old or older
Koh Tao Drift Specialty Course package includes:
- 2 Drift Diver training dives
- Free shuttle service Koh tao Pier - Resort
- Insurance coverage
- Rental dive equipment
- Use of Dive Computers and Compass during the course, and DSMB and Reels
- PADI e-material
- PADI e-card on completion
- Complimentary refreshments, coffee, fruit and snacks on our diving boat
Your PADI Drift Diver Specialty counts towards your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
Every PADI Specialty certification you earn counts towards the prestigious Master Scuba Diver rating.
Any concern? Don't worry, we are here to support you and answer all of your questions.
You have not dived for a while and feel that your knowledge and skills are rusty.
We suggest you start with a Refresher Course in our on-site pool.
This quick course will re-visit your dive theory/safety and will include essential dive skills circuit, diving hand signals, and equipment setup.
By the end of your refresher, you'll feel much more confident to enjoy your training dives.
Get in touch to arrange your refresher today!
IMPORTANT! -Flying after Diving
When planning your diving trip and your journey toward your destinations, always remember that you must not fly directly after scuba diving. It accentuates the risk of having decompression sickness.
The PADI guidelines are to NOT FLY during a 12 hours interval after a single dive and 18 hours after multiple dives. As often when it comes to scuba diving, take a conservative approach to safety, and whenever possible, avoid flying the next 24 hours after a dive.
If you intend to do multiple dives on different days during your trip, consider buying your own dive computer, as it will calculate the optimal time to fly based on your diving history.
Even more than other outdoor sports, diving is weather- and sea-dependent. Be aware that some sites might be inaccessible on certain days and that diving trips might be canceled due to dangerous conditions.
Luckily, Thailand has a fantastic climate almost all year round and this happens very rarely.