PADI Drift Diver Specialty Course

  • Drift Diving is nearly effortless and relaxing. You simply glide along and enjoy the rush of flying underwater while the current does the work.

    The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. This course shows you how to enjoy rivers and ocean currents by “going with the flow,” staying with your dive partner, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time.

    What You Learn

    • Drift dive planning.
    • Organisation procedures.
    • Techniques
    • How to deal with potential problems while Drift Diving with a group.

    This specialty counts towards your Master Scuba Diver Certification or become a professional with the PADI Divemaster Course.

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    • PADI Drift Specialty Diver


    • 1.5 Day


    • 2 Logged Dives

    Prerequisite Certification: 

    • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver 


    • $299 inc GST

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  • Course Content


    Self-Study (Needs to be completed prior to your course)

    To start the course, you will learn theory via a manual. We spend a little time in the classroom going over the knowledge development for the course the friday night before the the weekend. 

    Open Water DIVES


    Saturday and Sunday 8:30am 5:00pm. 2 open water dives over 1 day.

    Please note: this is only a guide and may slightly change due to weather or class size.

    Training Materials

    • PADI Drift Diver Specialty Manual (Included in course fees)

  • Equipment Requirements

    As a minimum when you train, you will want your own mask, fins and snorkel, boots, gloves and a knife. While you can hire mask and fins, these items do have a very personal fit and you will be more comfortable in your own equipment. For the duration of the course we provide all of the SCUBA equipment you need, but you can of course choose to provide your own and it is much better to learn in equipment you intend to use as a diver.

    Dive Otago has a wide range of scuba equipment for sale and your instructor can help choose the best gear for your diving needs. We will give you expert advice and help you make sensible, informed choices. We can put together tailored packages to suit your individual diving needs and budget.

    Hire prices for short course students are:

    $50 Wetsuit
    $50 Mask, Snorkel and Fins

    Hire is for the duration of the course.
    Please note: We do not hire Boots and Gloves. 


    - Swimsuit
    - Towel
    - Gloves and boots
    - Dive knife
    - Safety Sausage or Delayed Surface Marker Buoy


    - Scuba Equipment 
    - Slate and pencil 
    - Wetsuit or Dry suit
    - Mask, Snorkel, and Fins
    - Whistle
    - Float line/reel and float

  • Prerequisites


    • The minimum age to dive in our conditions is 14 years of age.


    • RSTC Diving Medical Questionnaire. If you answer yes to any of the questions on the first page of the RSTC Medical form you will need to get the form signed off by a doctor.


    • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization).


    • You will need to have cold water (anything under 13 degrees) diving experience or have completed a Pre-assessment. If you have never dived in cold water before, it is necessary to complete a Pre-assessment in our pool prior to getting into the water for any further training. Because we dive in temperate waters, our equipment is slightly different to that used in warmer waters and it is vital that we introduce you to this in a pool environment before training begins.

    A bit rusty?: 

    • If it has been a while since your last dive it is important that we run over some of the important skills you would have learned in your open water course before we head out to the open water. We can do this in a Pre-assessment session in our on-site pool prior to your training. We will have a look at your log book, but please let us know if you want to join this session anyway.

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