Drift diving is when you dive in a current and let it carry you along. When you are on a regular dive, it is best to start by going against it so that on your way back you will not need to fight it. Doing so can lead to you running out of air. However, when you decide to drift dive, you will basically ignore that information and allow the current to carry you along. This type of diving is very relaxed. You simply go wherever the current takes you.
Why Drift Dive?
This is an efficient and quick way to dive. Since the current is carrying you, you do not need to use your fins to propel yourself. Instead, you only have to use them to control buoyancy. There are dive sites where this is the only available type of diving since the currents are strong and fighting against them is impossible.
Where to go for a Drift Dive
It is important that you only drift dive at a site that you are very conversant with. If you do not know the site, then dive with a guide who does. You can do your drift dive as a shore dive as long as there are points of exit. Many times however, a drift dive is done by following a shoreline, wreck, wall, reef or as a board dive. It is important to note though, that you can’t exit the water where you entered it so you will need to organize transportation from the exit point.
Important Things to Know About a Drift Dive
There are certain things that you will need in order to safely drift dive:
- Surface Buoy – You need to have either a DSMB or a permanent buoy with you depending on how you choose to conduct your dive. If you choose to go with a DSMB, then remember to only launch it when you are ready to go up. Once your boat sees it they will come to where it is and pick you up. If you choose to use a permanent buoy, your boat will remain where they can see it and when you come to the surface they will come over to pick you up.
- Reef hook – If the currents where you are diving are very strong, then this can come in handy. If you find yourself needing to hold your position at a particular place as you wait for your diving party or the boat, you may need it.
- Jon Line – This is necessary if you will be using a downline along with other divers.
Following these tips along with proper training will ensure you get the most out of your drift diving experience. Planning your drift dive? Feel free to contact us. We have dive packages + accommodation and scuba lessons ready for your convenient.