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 PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Drift Diver specialty course.

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Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you'll:

  • Be introduced to drift diving equipment - floats, lines and reels

  • Get an overview of aquatic currents - causes and effects

  • Practice buoyancy control, navigation, communication and methods for staying close to your buddy as you drift along

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.

Prerequisites & Requirements

Age Requirement
12 years or older
Course Prerequisites
PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level certification)
Time Commitment
Approximately 2-4 hours

Available Languages


For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Center.


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 or local dive center staff about other equipment you may need to get the most of your drift dives.

Getting Started

Start learning now with PADI's home-study materials - Drift Diver eLearning. Read and watch video about drift diving, then interact with knowledge checks in preparation for meeting with your PADI Instructor to schedule your two drift dives. Stop by your local PADI Dive Center or Resort to enroll in the course and speak with your instructor if you have any questions about the course content.

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