The Joys of Drift Diving

Who doesn't love a drift dive? We know we do!

Now there are slow drifts and swift drifts and all kinds of drifts in between. Some of the most memorable dives I’ve ever done were rapidly moving drift dives where you feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz experiencing the tornado scene.

Our tip for getting the most out of drift diving is to listen to your dive briefing. The dive professional giving the briefing is intimately familiar with the dive so they speak from experience and will give you the best information to enjoy the dive. The briefing will detail procedures for entry, timing (we’ll pick you up in 30 minutes), and weight suggestions, if any. In most cases, you’ll want to be able to get to the correct depth quickly without going astray from the group. Imagine being underweighted and drifting away on the surface which may be flowing at a different rate than at depth. It makes for a very unfulfilling dive and you may have to be picked up before you even start.

Once you’re briefed and geared up, make sure you’re buddy is comfortable and ready. Then jump in and go with the flow. These can be high energy, adrenaline pumping, fun, fluid and exciting dives. Or they can be slowly flowing dives where you cover a lot of reef and take everything in while exerting little to no energy. It’s like taking a stroll through an underwater park. No fighting currents, no swimming back to where you started, and little navigation guidance is needed.

Most of the diving conducted on our Indonesian and Philippine itineraries is drift diving so you’ll get lots of practice in destinations with phenomenal diving. And there are a few select sites on the Bahamas trips where you’ll get to drift dive – one in particular, called the Washing Machine is one of the most memorable dives on our guest surveys – right up there with the shark dive.

Not sure if you are ready to do a drift or want to get more comfortable? Why not take a drift diver specialty course or your advanced open water course either with your local dive shop or on your next trip.

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