South Beach Divers
Wind: 16.1 mph E   Air: 84°F

Drift Diving Specialty

Class Description

SSI Waves, Tides and Currents

Water motion can have a tremendous effect on the diver, in fact the sea can be a hostile environment to a diver who is not prepared . With proper training and common sense, the sport diver can deal with the minor problems of moving water and enjoy diving to it’s fullest.

Drift diving can be one of the most fun types of dives – using minimal effort to effortlessly drift along difference dive sites. Learning proper weighting is crucial to a correct drift dive, along with peak buoyancy while drifting in the water column. SMB deployment is large part of drift diving, and this class will teach you how to comfortable deploy an SMB at depth (attaching a reel to the SMB and sending it to the surface to the boat knows your location during your safety stop).

“Have you ever dreamed of gliding with the current and watching sharks or dolphins at the same time?”

Adequate training in current diving is the key to this kind of experience and therefore WAVES, TIDES & CURRENTS is a must for any ambitious diver.

Anybody who wants to dive on vacation at the top spots should understand and know how to handle water movements. This can be the waves when entering from shore, or the rip current in a channel next to an island, or just the current on a dive.

There are many things to learn about currents such as:

If the current is blowing against the diver, how much current can a diver deal with? How does the diver move effectively in the current? How can somebody determine the strength of a current and plan the dive accordingly? WAVES, TIDES & CURRENTS can help you answer all of these questions. It is taught in conjunction with a minimum of 2 open water dives.

Course Content:

· Equipment for Waves, Tides and Currents
· Learn how to evaluate diving conditions correctly based on currents .

· Experience how to dive safely and relaxed in different types of currents .

· Plan and execute dives safely with respect to waves, tides and currents .

· Basics of Waves, Tides and Currents

· Procedures for Shore Dives

· Procedures for Boat Dives

The primary goal of any SSI Specialty course is to teach you important skills in a fun environment. All courses are taught using home study, short academic sessions, and in-water training

Prerequisites: PADI / SSI Open Water Diver

Upcoming Classes


·       Open Water Diver

·       Minimum age is 12

·       South Beach Diver Student contract completed



The cost of the course is $295 which includes two drift dives on the wrecks of Miami Beach with a dive instructor. The course includes a PADI academic portion, an exam the morning of the dives.