Flying along underwater during a PADI Drift Diver Course with Indepth on Phuket


Would you like to fly underwater on the PADI Drift Diver Course?

Drift Diving is a relaxing yet thrilling type of specialty diving. PADI Drift Divers can dive sites that offers an alternative to the usual “Swim into the current and back to the boat” dive plan. Which is what you were taught on your PADI Open Water Course. Drift diving is especially suited to dive sites with mild to strong current, with long reefs and other topography. Phuket has some perfect dive sites for the PADI Drift Diver Course, Racha Noi and Racha Yai being two great options. It's actually one of our favourite types of diving and something we do a lot of.

The PADI Drift Diver Course teaches you controlled effortless "flight" underwater. We teach drift divers a systematic, safe and methodical approach to drift diving. Done properly, drift diving really is a fantastic way to dive. In addition, when drift diving you can cover large dive sites and use very little air as you don't really need to "fin," you just go with the flow ...

Let's go Drift Diving!

  • Duration: One Day 2 Dives + 1 extra dive for fun!
  • Pre-requisites: Certified Diver & completed Diving Medical
  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Digital/Online Study: Coming
  • Availability: Daily
  • Group Size: 4:1
  • Personal Tuition: 1:1 Personal Tuition is available

PADI Drift Diving: Time to learn how to fly underwater!

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course is actually only 2 dives but we include a 3rd dive with your PADI Instructor for fun. This also gives you more practice handling reels and lines and launching an SMB at the end of a dive. Initially, this can be more to handle than you expected, depending on your experience level and just how strong the current is. You may be surprised what problems can occur sending up an SMB, in fact when handling lines underwater. Consequently, you will also use at a variety of different reels and lines of your dives.

Which Phuket Dive Sites can I dive?

The dive sites of Phuket, The Similan Islands, Racha Yai and Noi, Ko Dok Mai make for great drift dives when the conditions are right. Also, when choosing Phuket dive sites and planning the dives, you should always look at the Tide Charts first. There is a LOT than can be learnt about Tide Tables and how important they are. hence, the above dive sites can have absolutely no current at all or can be ripping!

You start your PADI Drift Diver Specialty Diver Course by first reading the PADI Drift Diver manual and completing Knowledge Reviews. In addition, your PADI Instructor will review these with you before you do the actual dives.

Course Topics covered include:

  • Planning, organization, 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
  • Dive Site selection and overview of aquatic currents: causes and effects
  • Buddy System Techniques for staying close together as a group or Buddy Team

You can use your usual dive equipment on the course, open circuit or a Rebreather (CCR). We will also introduce you to various surface marker buoys, floats, lines and reels.

Drift Diving Techniques

Remember it is typically difficult or impossible for scuba divers to swim against currents for anything more than a short time. This raises various potential concerns such as staying together as a group and maintaining contact with the boat. Missing the exit / pick up point is something you also need to be aware of. If you miss your exit point in a strong current you can easily get blown several miles off the reef. Sadly, every year we read about fatalities around the world. Sadly most of these divers appear not to have been trained as Drift Divers. These accidents are usually a result of divers diving in areas outside of their training and experience. And/or because they do not have the correct equipment needed for making drift dives.

Furthermore, on your drift dives you will learn more about "Coordinated Entries". This is one of the most crucial things with drift diving. Also managing ascents and descents properly becomes more important when drift diving. This can either be taking a line with surface buoy down or reeling the line back up again, without getting it tangled! Also you will need to practice staying together, judging where to be in the water and how to change directions along with many other fun drift diving activities.

What you learn on this PADI Drift Diving Course course will actually improve not only your scuba diving knowledge and skills. But it will also help you overall diving on dive sites you know already!

PADI Drift Diver: So you like Flying Underwater – we thought so!

Now you are going to be able to dive new and exciting dive sites around the world. And you will be pleased to know that Phuket and The Similan Islands also have some very good Drift Dives. However, you do need the correct training and surface support if they are to be done correctly.

Also, many awesome dive sites around the world have current on them. However because we “go down” and “come up in” the “same place” they are not considered Drift Dives per se. Therefore, the knowledge and skills from this PADI Specialty Diver Course is going to be very useful in your future diving adventures.

In addition, many Wrecks lie in shipping channels in mid-water so they often have current running on them. The skills you have learnt on this course will certainly help you to scuba dive on many Wrecks. If you haven’t taken it already the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course, it is certainly one to think about. Another bonus is that Phuket is a great place to take this course if you can see yourself doing some Wreck Diving!

There are plenty of superb Wall Dives which can only be dived as a Drift Dive. Be warned, a lot of these can be quite deep drift dives, which offer some other factors you will need to take into consideration. A PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course can be a wise scuba diving decision too. You can learn how to make deep drift dives while using a drop tank along with a buoy.

Let's find some current and Go Dive ...

PADI Drift Diver Pricing Options

BOAT - 1 Day2 Dives + 1 Extra Dive for Fun!7,950 THB
BOAT - 1 Day2 Dives 7,500 THB
Private Course1:1 Tuition+2,000 THB
Deep / Wreck + Drift Diver Combo:VARIES
SPECIAL DISCOUNT available for two or more people booking together!
Included:PADI course materials, PADI certification fees, Boat fees, breakfast and lunch on the boat, drinking water, tea, coffee, equipment rental (if needed) and round trip hotel transfer from Patong, Kata, Karon, Chalong to the boat and back.
Not included: Hotel transfers from other areas on Phuket please contact us for supplement details