Drift Diving Can Be Like Riding Your Favorite Amusement Park Ride
The Drift Diving Specialty Course teaches you the adrenaline side of
diving. Rather than sitting in one place watching the marine life
and checking out a relatively small area, drift dives enable you to
literally "fly" through the water at a speed equal to the
current that the water is traveling. Sometimes this might be
several knots. It's OK though, you're doing it on purpose.
The course is made up of two open
water dives and a classroom session. Some of the major differences
in drift diving that you'll need to learn are the differences in the
logistics and equipment required to safely drift dive.
- Compare and contrast the two general types of drift diving and under what circumstances each type could be used.
- Explain why some form of surface supervision is recommended when drift diving, and by what methods this supervision can be provided.
- List the two common types of surface reference floats and their
comparative advantages and disadvantages.
- Identify the type of line that should be used with a surface
reference float and how the line should be controlled.
- Explain the most important criterion for selecting a boat for
drift diving, and why it is important for the operator to be
familiar with drift diving procedures.
- List two types of surface signaling devices used for drift diving.
Prerequisites are Advanced Open Water
Diver AND some cold water diving experience. In addition you will
find that your ability to properly control your buoyancy will be very
important when your drift or current diving. If you are not sure
how solid your buoyancy skills are we highly recommend the Peak
Performance Buoyancy Clinic prior to this class.
Course Cost is $150 and
includes all materials, the class time, and the open water dives. Due
to fact that drift diving in the PNW must be done from a boat, the boat
charter fees are additional to the course fee. By this point in a divers training it is important that
a student begins to obtain their own equipment (rentals are available but having your
own gear is preferred).
Additional drift diving specialty equipment is provided for class use
such as floats, reels, dive flags, SMB's, etc.