PADI Drift Diver

The PADI Drift Diver Course with Academy of Scuba

Go with the flow!

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course introduces you to the coolest magic carpet ride you’ll ever experience. It is the lazy form of diving and perfect way to practice your buoyancy. Drift diving is a type of scuba diving where we dive with the current, rather than against it. Your whole dive is more like flying than diving, as you whizz over reef, and is very relaxing as you barely have to fin.

This course shows you how to enjoy river and ocean currents by going with the flow, staying with your dive buddy, communicating with the dive boat and knowing where you are the whole time.

Why do your Drift in Melbourne?

Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay is a perfect training ground for drift diving with millions of litres of water transiting the heads each day. Typically having 2 slack water times per day where we can explore the magnificent wall dives, the rest of the day has to be spent drifting over the walls and sponge gardens, over the scallop beds or on other parts inside the bay.

Drift diving is a great way to cover a vast area with little effort. The whole experience is almost effortless and very relaxing, you simply glide along and enjoy the rush of flying underwater while the current does the work.

What You Learn

During your PADI Drift Diver specialty course, you learn about:

  • Planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of drift diving
  • An introduction to drift diving equipment — floats, lines, reels
  • Buoyancy-control, navigation and communication for drift diving
  • Site selection and overview of aquatic currents – causes and effects
  • Techniques for staying close to a buddy or together as a group


To enroll in the PADI Drift Diver course you must be:

15 years old and Open Water certified

Signed Liability Release and Statement of Safe Diving Practices

Medical Declaration form and Recreational Dive Medical if necessary

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Course Price and Duration

$495 (including boat fees)

The PADI Drift Diver Course runs over 2 days with 3 boat dives.

Private Courses are available. Please enquire for further details and pricing.

Course Contents

Home Study

Theory – morning theory review session

Open Water Dives – 3 boat dives

Equipment Required

Being comfortable and safe when you’re diving is vital. For your Drift Diver course, we ask that you have your mask, snorkel, boots and fins at a minimum. Additionally, for this course, you’ll need a knife, torch, slate and underwater deployable surface marker buoy (DSMB) and reel.

We highly recommend owning your suit and BCD as well. Academy of Scuba offers equipment packages that save you money and set you up for the rest of your diving life – check them out online!

Equipment hire is available at the standard rates and is additional to the course price.

Next Steps

The PADI Advanced Open Water is a fantastic course to complete alongside the PADI Drift Diver. You will refine your current dive skills and expand the diving environments that you can explore. Book together and save!

Did you know that the PADI Drift Diver course counts as one of your five specialty courses to go towards achieving your PADI Master Scuba Diver rating? The PADI Master Scuba Diver is the highest level of certification achievable at recreational level. Join the best of the best, the elite group of respected divers who have earned this rating through both significant experience and scuba training.

Why Learn with Academy of Scuba?

3 boat dives included

4 student to 1 Dive Professional ratio

We organise reunion dives and will keep you diving

You will make lifelong friends

We can back ourselves up – just read our feedback

Our Team

Academy of Scuba is lucky to have some of the best dive professionals in the business.

Interested in who will be teaching you to scuba dive? Check out our team here!


We highly recommend that you have access to a car for the duration of your course as Academy of Scuba does not offer transportation services currently.


It’s normal to have questions.

Head over to our FAQs page and see if we’ve already answered yours, or get in touch with us today!



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