'Go With the Flow' and Win a Free PADI Drift Diving eLearning Course
Drift diving is one of the most popular forms of scuba diving, just hanging motionless in the current and letting the oceans and rivers do all the hard work while you sit back and relax and enjoy the view. It's a bit like flying, but better, and with more fish. Many divers start drift diving naturally as part of their holiday dive experiences, but there's a bit more to drift diving than at first appears. There are techniques that are important to learn to keep you safe and ensure you remain close to your dive buddy or team.
The eLearning programme covers all the knowledge development material that you need for the Drift Diver Specialty before you go on to conduct two practical dives to complete the certification. The dives are not included as part of the prize and must be booked and paid for separately as a PADI Dive centre that is offering the course. The eLearning programme can be taken at your leisure, as long as it's completed within 12 months of the training dives.
In order to start the course, you must be a PADI Open Water or Junior Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years age. You can find an approved PADI Dive Centre or Resort anywhere in the world using the PADI Store Locator.
Enter the competition using the Gleam widget below. Answering the question unlocks five more opportunities to enter, giving a total of six entries per person, including signing up for our free weekly newsletter. The competition closes at midnight, BST on Sunday, 10 October.
This competition has now closed and the winners have been notified.
Thanks to everybody who took part, and keep your eyes peeled for future DIVE Magazine competitions!
Popular River Dives Around the World
Rainbow River, Florida
The clear, shallow and warm waters of Rainbow River in Dunnellon, Florida make it the perfect drift dive location for scuba divers, snorkelers and freedivers alike. PADI Dive Centres in the area can help organize pick up and drop offs so that you can drift down one of Florida’s most outstanding waterways.
Valle Verzasca, Switzerland
See a whole new side to Switzerland while doing a drift dive through the Valle Verzasca, which has some of the clearest diving in all of Europe. It is both an ideal place to learn to drift dive and still offers plenty of adventure for the more experienced divers. Exploring Valle Verde can be arranged through a range of PADI Dive Centres in the region and combined with mountain lake dives in the area as well.
St Lawrence River, Canada
Drift diving in the St. Lawrence River can provide access to thousands of shipwrecks, including the RMS Empress of Ireland. Plus, the riverway is known to have surprisingly warm temperatures of up to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and have friendly visitors that include salmon, beluga whales, Greenland sharks and grey seals. If you plan it right, you can even dive between the two countries of Canada and the United States.
Waikato River, New Zealand
Zip by boulders and rainbow trout during a drift dive through the Waikato River on a guided dive with a PADI Dive Centre in the area. While the river water is likely to be a bit chilly, the drift dive ends at Hot Water Stream, where you can warm up and relax in a natural hot spring.
Local Rivers Inspired by other PADI Drift Divers
You don’t have to venture far to seek adventure with a drift dive. As Youtuber Scuba Jake explains on PADI’s recent Dive Stories Podcast, there is always something to discover beneath the surface—with rivers offering some of the most unique dive sites in the world. All you have to do is look below the surface and go with the flow. Your local PADI Dive Centre or Resort can give you additional insight on the best places near you.