This paper presents a distributed approach for cooperative path planning for underwater gliders to avoid regions with strong ocean flow. A key requirement for underwater glider operation is to reduce the amount of information that needs to be shared among gliders over communication links. For this purpose, the proposed approach employs the support vector data description method to form a compressed representation of the high flow region that gliders should avoid. A fast marching algorithm is then developed to use the com- pressed information shared by gliders. Simulation results show that the quality of the planned path based on the compressed information is comparable to the case when full information of flow would have been shared.