Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry. Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water.
What You Learn
Gain the knowledge and skills to safely put on, dive with, take off and store a dry-suit. Get introduced to the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision if considering purchasing a dry suit. You learn:
- Dry suit buoyancy control skills
- Dry suit maintenance, storage and basic repair
- Undergarment (fleece or overall-type garments worn under the dry suit) options
Practical skills you’ll master in this course:
- Dry Suit Familiarization
- Safety Checks
- Entry Techniques
- Bubble Check
- Buoyancy Check
- Descent techniques
- Fin Pivot Hover
- Excess gas in feet emergency roll drill
- Stuck inflator emergency drill
- Stuck exhaust valve emergency drill
- Ascent procedure· Remove and replace scuba unit and weight belt on the surface
- Exit techniques· Removal of dry suit, storage and maintenance
- Students must be certified Open Water Divers & of 12 years of age to enrol in this course.
What Gear You Use
- Students need to purchase their OWN Dry Suit for this course, as we do not have them available to rent.
- Students also need a full set of scuba gear with two tanks. Rental gear is available at 50% off for students!
- Recommended Accessories: Dry Suit Baselayer underwear
Learning Materials You Need
- Students Read the Dry Suit Diver Specialty Manual and complete the Knowledge reviews before their pool session.
Your Next Adventure
Scuba diving with a dry suit is useful when diving many types of dive sites. A dry suit is necessary when ice diving and sometimes while altitude diving. Many technical divers wear dry suits on almost every dive due to the length of the time spent underwater. The longer the diver is in the water, the more thermal protection is required.
For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the DIVE SOURCE Team members.
What do I need for Gear?: Full Scuba Gear with two tanks and a Dry Suit, and it is recommended that students have a Dry Suit Base layer underwear (mandatory with rental) .
Is there a student rental gear rate: Yes! - Students receive 50% off rental gear from us while on course.
Can I rent a drysuit if I do not own one?: Rental Drysuits are very limited and have no rental discount. It is recommended that students interested in learning how to dive in a drysuit buy one so they can use it again in the future.
Who can take this course?: Student need to be a certified Open Water Diver and be at least 12 years old.
How do I reach my instructor?: After you register, an introductory email with information of the course will be sent to you, which will include the contact information and names of your instructors.
What do I do with the PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty text?: The manual is an important part of the class and contains valuable knowledge. Please read and complete the knowledge reviews before the pool session.
Is there a classroom & pool session?: This course can have a classroom and pool session depending on when it is running. Please check with the store or look on your bill at the time of purchase for specific details.
How is this course structured?: The Drysuit Diver Course generally has a classroom & pool session before the dives, but sometimes knowledge reviews are done at the Open Water Dives. ALWAYS check your invoice/ DS calendar for additional details!
Is there a maximum amount of students in the course?: Typically the course will hold 8 students at a time.
Can I use Dive Zone discount coupons on this course?: Dive Zone members may use their discounts as specified on their membership cards.. What happens if I fail to complete a training dive or have to reschedule?: If a student cancels with less than 7 days notice, is absent or late, shows up unprepared or not ready to dive or does not successfully complete a dive for some reason, they do not fail the program. They will only be required to do a makeup dive(s) with one of the available instructors at a later date, at a rate of $30 per makeup dive, plus rental gear and any charter fees if applicable.