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The PADI Dry Suit Diver course

COURSE PRICE: $175 (Dry Suit Rental +$100) PREREQUISITES: PADI Open Water Diver certification 15 (12 for Junior AOW) COURSE CONTENTS: Minimum 1 pool session / 2 open water dives Land Drills Open Water Drills
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Surface marker buoy REQUIRED TEXTS: PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty Manual LINKS: Medical questionnaire (pdf)

Do you want to stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry. Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water.

The Fun Part

Dry suits let you dive more challenging dive sites, and extend your dive season. When you have the right exposure protection, you can stand up to the elements and take advantage of the generally better visibility offered by winter months—especially at inland dive sites such as quarries and lakes. As a dry suit diver, you’re equipped to dive some of the world’s incredible dive sites in cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a dry suit even in their warmer months.

Get College Credit

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Dry Suit Diver course.

What You Learn

Gain the knowledge and skills to safely don, dive with, doff and store a dry-suit. Get introduced to the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision in 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:

  • Safety checks
  • Entry techniques
  • Bubble check
  • Buoyancy check
  • Descent techniques
  • Buoyancy control
  • Removing excess gas in feet
  • Dealing with a stuck inflator
  • Dealinig with a stuck exhaust valve
  • Ascent procedure
  • Exit techniques
  • Removal of dry suit, storage and maintenance

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. If technical diving is something that interests you, check out the Discover Tec Diving experience.