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DRIFT DIVER The Padi Drift Diver Course

The PADI Drift Diver Course with ACADEMY OF SCUBA

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.  This course shows you how to enjoy river 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. 

COURSE PRICE & DURATION: $300 plus boat dives / 2 Days  Buy Course Online PREREQUISITES: 15 years old and Open Water certified Diving Medical- subject to medical questionairre.  Liabitlity release, safe diving practices statement of understanding COURSE CONTENTS: Home study Evening/ Morning of theory 3 Boat Dives The Bay is a perfect training ground EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Being vital to the enjoyment of your diving experience and training, we requiere all of our students to obtain quality snorkelling equipment.  Helping out students get professionally fitted, we also offer a discount, and the ability to change equipment after your shore dive if something is not right for you.  You will also need to purchase a knife, torch, slate, SMB and Reel. LINKS: Diving Doctors

The Beauty of Our Bay

Victoria's Port Phillip Bay is a perfect training ground for drift diving with millions of litres of water transitting the heads each dayTypically having 2 slack water times per day where we can dive on 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.  It's a great way to cover a vast area with little effort.  Drift Diving is nearly effortless and 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 certification 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

Your Next Adventure

The Diver Propulsion Vehicle course introduces you to scuba diving with underwater scooters, which can come in handy while drift diving.  These courses can be arranged privately by appointment.

For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the ACADEMY OF SCUBA Team members.


To start this course, you will need to complete a divers medical questionnaire. If you have any 'yes' answers, you'll need to book a recreational diving medical with a diving doctor. These can be found here.

 Transportation for your course

AOS unfortunately does not offer transportation services at this time. We therefore highly recommend that you have access to a car for the duration of your course. AOS will not be held responsible for any student who is unable to attend any part of their course to due transportation issues.