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PADI Drift Diver Speciality COURSE

PADI Drift Diver

Who should take this course?

The Drift Diver speciality is perfect for those divers looking to gain confidence diving in currents and become comfortable with the techniques needed to keep in touch with their buddies and the dive boat too. In the very tidal waters of the UK we have some fantastic drift diving opportunities, but this type of diving certainly has its challenges, so come and take the course and learn how best to enjoy this relaxing type of diving. The cost includes all training, course materials and certification, with boat fees payable directly to the operator on the day of the course. The cost can vary between locations, but typical boat costs will be around £50 for two drift dives.


“Absolutely chuffed with how this weekend has gone, I’m filled with absolute gratitude towards you and Robin for sharing your knowledge with me and giving me such first-class tuition. Thank you so much!” 


Open Water & Dry Suit Diver Student


Across two boat dives you’re going to learn how to manage your buoyancy whilst on a drift dive, communicate with your dive buddy and practice the use of a DSMB to keep in touch with your dive boat on the surface. With all of these things in place you can relax back into the dive, letting the current move you along on one of the most relaxing dives you will ever complete.

You will also –

  • 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.
What scuba kit will you use?

You’re going to need your normal set of scuba kit and exposure protection. In addition to this you’re going to be using a DSMB on every dive, and practising with reels or spools to manage your line. We can also discuss and practice using more specialist equipment such as reef hooks, which are commonly used abroad in destinations with lots of drift diving such as the Maldives.

Hidden Depths Scuba School run two weekly pool dives around Bristol, primarily for scuba training, but also open to club members

Want to Join The dive Club?

How to join

Our dive club membership runs annually and is renewed every January.

To sign up for the dive club all you need to do is submit a Club Membership form along with your club membership fee of £45.

Updates are sent out through email, and you will have access to our members-only Facebook group which is ideal for arranging dives with other club members.