Dry Suit Diver
Who should take this course?
Want to stay warm? Want to extend your scuba diving season? A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water. There is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often.
If you’re at least 10 years old and certified as a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the Dry Suit Diver course.
What will you learn?
The first thing you’ll discover is which dry suit style and accompanying undergarments are right for you and the diving you’ll do. Then you’ll learn how to take care of your dry suit. During two dives, in addition to a confined water dive, you’ll practice:
- Putting on and taking off your dry suit with minimal assistance.
- Mastering buoyancy control using your dry suit.
- Dive safety procedures when using a dry suit.
How can you start learning now?
We do not provide a drysuit for the course as suits are often custom made and tailored to the individual, therfore it is best to learn in your own suit. We recommend you start by enrolling in the course and by reading the manual prior to purchasing a suit. Come talk to us and we can help you choose the type of suit that will be right for you. We are even happy to assist you with your purchase (note we do not sell dry suits at Scuba Q Store). We spend six weeks a year virtually living in our suits and under garments while in Antarctica - we know how important the right suit is.
Remember, there's no rush with us. We can schedule your in water sessions for when your suit arrives.
How long is the course?
You work on the knowledge development at your own pace to complete it prior to the in water sessions.
The dives are typically conducted in a single day. However, we can schedule the dives to a time that suits you.
What scuba gear will you use?
Clearly a dry suit is necessary along with your basic scuba equipment. You will need to bring along your own dry suit. Your PADI Instructor will explain other gear or equipment options you may need to dive comfortably with your dry suit. For example, because you’re more buoyant in a dry suit than in a wetsuit, you may want a different weight system setup. Most divers also opt for a heavier set of tech fins over their usual recreational fins, and possibly in a larger size to accomodate dry suit boots / rock boots.
Ideally, it's best to have your own gear as you want to be able to tailor the configuration for your comfort and needs as you gain more experience. But don't worry if you don't, apart from the dry suit, we can provide a full set of gear.
Contact us by clicking the button at the top of the page to Enroll in the PADI Dry Suit Diver course.