Drift Diver

If you are planning to dive in the currents of Cozumel or right here in our own backyard at the Niagara river, proper drift diving techniques can make your dive more safe and enjoyable!

Drift diving allows a diver to travel over a large area without expending much energy. You simply get neutrally buoyant and enjoy the dive as the scenery moves past you. The SDI Drift Diver Course covers the “how-to’s” of drift diving from, how to enter and exit drifts, what to do if you get caught in a drift and wish to get out, how to get out of the drift to observe something special, and much more. The course will also introduce you to the various types of drift currents you may be diving in.

As long as you are 12 years or older, hold a NAUI/SDI Scuba Diver* certification and are in good physical condition, you can enroll in a Diver’s World Drift Diver course.

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*Students are required to have a NAUI Scuba Diver certification or equivalent certification from other WRSTC recognized agency. You may be asked to complete a basic skills review if you only hold a PADI OW certification.

Drift Diver is a 3-hour course of class room instruction right here at Diver’s World followed by a written test. You will then demonstrate your new skills by executing a two open water dives (see training dives tab). As always, you can count on the staff of Diver’s World to make your learning experience interesting and fun!

Your class fee will cover the costs of class, SDI training materials, your Instructors and Dive Master.

Student Provides

Students will need to provide all of their own equipment for training dives. Diver’s World has rental tanks, regs, BCDs and wetsuits if you do not own these items. You must have a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) and finger spool.

At this point in your diving experience you may want to consider investing in a dive computer if you don’t already own one.

Students will be responsible for any charter fees for open water dives.

As part of your certification, you will complete a minimum of two open water dives from a boat including dive plans.

You will need to provide your own transportation, rental equipment, environmental suit, charter fees and accommodations. Rental equipment is available through Diver’s World. Many of our local dives are within a couple of hours drive (or right here in our own Lake Erie or Presque Isle Bay) and classmates frequently arrange for travel together.

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