Learn how to scuba dive in a current and you'll save energy. Plus, most drift divers use less air when gliding over a colourful reef or zipping over underwater topography.
This section explains how to make the two required training dives with a PADI Instructor and get certified as a Drift Diving Specialist on the same day.
Important: The Drift Diver Specialty certification may count towards the PADI Master Scuba Diver Rating. Check out our PADI® Specialty Courses List for further details on more than thirty other specialties (listed from A to Z) that might help you 'go with the flow'.
In simple terms, a Specialty Diver is someone with enhanced scuba diving abilities beyond entry level certifications (e.g. Discover Programs, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver).
Signing up for specialist scuba courses is the ideal path to take if you want to learn new techniques and experience different kinds of underwater exploration.
Furthermore, you will get the best opportunity to acquire superior knowledge and skills in the diving activities that interest you most because a 'Specialty Instructor' will be supervising the training.
PADI's Drift Diver Specialty Course introduces divers to the feeling of "flying" underwater. Gliding with the shift of underwater tides and currents saves your energy and air supply - which usually results in a relaxing and effortless dive.
Proper procedures for drift diving means you stay close to your buddies, communicate with the surface boat, and you avoid getting lost.
There are minimum age requirements and maximum depth limits for all the specialties that require open water training dives.
As a result, before you can enrol in the PADI Drift Diver Specialty course you will need to be (all):
Important: Even though scuba certifications do not expire, we recommend taking the PADI ReActivate® Scuba Review if you have been inactive from diving for a while (e.g. longer than six months).
So, what are some common reasons for taking the PADI Drift Diver Course? Drifting is a popular method used by scuba divers to cover large dive sites (e.g. the King Cruiser Wreck in Phuket).
When you glide with a river or ocean current you save energy. So, the benefits can also include improved air consumption and a reduction in physical effort needed.
Reaching some of the top scuba diving sites means you'll need to travel over extensive landscapes. As a result, the best technique for covering big areas is drifting with the natural movement of the water.
This specialty course prepares you for meandering at different sites where regular scuba finning methods could be ineffective, such as:
It's important to understand that the techniques and procedures used when entering and exiting the water during a drift dive may vary at different locations.
Having the knowledge and unique skills to explore distant locations away from the shore is another reason for taking the course.
Do you like swimming with big fish?
In general, it is much easier for divers with a busy schedule to choose the online learning option to start scuba lessons.
Being able to complete the independent study portion of a multiple day course offers you some flexibility and convenience.
As long as you have a computer or a mobile device, you will be able to study the knowledge development portion at your own pace (online or offline).
If you sign up for PADI eLearning® you can complete the Drift Diver self-study assignments online (around 4,500 THB).
Following that, you would need to contact the dive shop to perform the required scuba training dives with a PADI Instructor to finish the course.
You need to participate in the instructor-led knowledge development sessions by completing all knowledge reviews from the Drift Diving student manual.
Of course, you will learn how to enter and exit the water in a safe and effective manner (e.g. from a boat) while wearing scuba gear.
Besides that, you may also learn about:
Note: Did you successfully complete the elective Drift Dive from the Adventures in Diving Program? If so, an instructor may count it as being the first training dive of the certification requirements in this particular specialty course.
You will need to be wearing traditional scuba gear for the two open water training dives. Other specialist drift diving equipment that you'll use, may also include:
Divers share a common responsibility to protect and conserve nature. As a result, passive interaction with aquatic animals helps to safeguard the habitats of delicate and sensitive sea life.
After cleaning the gear, there are several kinds of activities that divers should avoid doing after using scuba equipment, including:
Suppose you don't go diving for more than six months. There is a simple way to refresh the knowledge and skills that you already learned.
After a long period of inactivity, taking the PADI ReActivate® program will help you brush up on the safety procedures and scuba diving fundamentals.
You must be in good physical and mental health and be medically fit for recreational scuba diving. You can review the Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire Online to check whether you need to be evaluated by a physician.
It is not appropriate to ask dive staff (e.g. divemasters, instructors) for medical advice or clearance to go diving. Instead, you can contact the Divers Alert Network (DAN) if you have questions about your medical fitness to dive.
We have qualified instructors and expert dive guides who can teach in several languages, including English, Thai, and Chinese.
The price includes (all):
Important: You will usually be making two (2) scuba training dives in the same day. The PADI flying after diving guidelines say you need to wait a minimum of eighteen (18) hours after the second dive before you go to altitude. Please send us an email if you need further information.
Most of the information and advice in this page focuses on scuba diving activities conducted from different types of watercraft and from sandy beaches.
We also have a list of blog articles about snorkeling which relate to popular boating adventures - especially around the tropical islands in Thailand.
Note: The short video presented by PADI highlights what to expect when taking the Drift Diver Specialty course and how drifting protocols and procedures may vary in different parts of the world.
So what's the next course on the list? This certification links to most scuba certifications, including popular Specialty Courses available through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).
Note: All course prices for diving are subject to change and assume that all prerequisites have been met to start the training. Click here to contact the team at Private Scuba in Thailand to make a booking or send an enquiry.