Find out what it feels like to fly under water. The Drift Dive / Waves, Tides and Currents specialty will enhance your dive skills and understanding, so you can enjoy diving in currents safely and with confidence.
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Water motions and especially currents can be challenging for new divers. Since currents and surges can be common on the Gili Islands it is really useful to know how to handle these environmental conditions. Become a confident drift diver with Divine Divers Gili Meno!
Currents can bring the coolest underwater things with them: they may draw in gliding manta rays and your chances of spotting sharks and pelagic are usually heightened. It is not worth it to miss out on bucket list scuba diving destinations simply because you feel intimidated by currents.
What is current?
In a broader sense a current defines a water movement.
A mild current may barely affect your dive. A light to medium current could be enough to help you glide along the reef. But there are also incredibly strong currents that impact on how you conduct your dive.
Currents are affected by various factors: large oceanic systems move constantly, whilst smaller (but not less strong) currents are affected by tides, water density and wind. Currents don’t just consistently move into a specific direction. Currents can also really keep us on our toes: they can switch direction, push upwards, downwards, or change intensity at different points of your dive. You can also come across surge, which is more of a rolling-back-and-forth motion.
Get on your magic carpet (aka BCD) and navigate through the underwater universe of currents. The skills you will learn during this specialty training are fundamental skills you will use many times in your diving adventures.
The fun part
Diving in currents often opens up a world of new dive sites that often host the most spectacular marine life. Done properly, drift and current diving can be both relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. Being able to go with the flow is just great fun. During the two training dives, we will teach you some new and fun skills such as negative entries or deploying a surface marker buoy without shooting yourself to the surface.
With negative entries we won’t meet each other on the surface and then descent together. We will empty our BC’s before entering the water, descent immediately and meet at 5 meters depth.
You will also learn how to check a current. You can usually tell by looking at the marine life and topography from the surface. Fish (especially small fish) will face into the current. If the fish are swimming calmly, the current is likely lighter, whereas if they are swimming hard and fast you may find a stronger current.
What you will learn
Upon completion of this program, you will earn your Drift Diver or Wave, Tide and Currents (pretty much the same thing but with a different name depending on PADI and SSI) specialty certification.
This specialty course also count towards the prestigious Master (Scuba) Diver rating.
Content and Schedule
Divine Divers Gili Meno conducts the drift and current specialty course in one day. The two open water training dives usually take place in the morning (09:00) and in the afternoon (14:30) of that day. Since this is a course that deals with water movements, we will of course try to find both currents and surges.
Please expect a mix of academic and hands on training experience and a fun day in and around the water that will surely influence your future diving career.
DETAILS (FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO KNOW MORE)
Would you like to know what other speciality programs we teach? Or you wonder why you should consider doing a specialty course?
Our courses are conducted in accordance with PADI and SSI standards. If not mentioned otherwise, you are booking an SSI course. Should you prefer PADI, it is absolutely no problem. Just leave us a note when placing the order. If you are interested in learning about the difference between the two agencies, you’ll find answers in the FAQ’s
You will also find the full (onsite) price list, the cancellation policy and our terms and conditions in the download section.
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