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 keeps you warm, even in surprisingly cold water. By becoming a drysuit diver, you can dive all year round, expand your boundaries and dive more places.
Dry suits also let you dive more challenging dive sites, and extend your bottom time. When you have the right cold water scuba diving attire, 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, lakes, sinkholes, caves etc. As a dry suit diver, you’re equipped to scuba dive some of the most incredible dive sites in the world’s cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a dry suit, even in warmer months.
Once you have your PADI Drysuit Diver certification, not only will you have the knowledge and practice skills to dive safety in a dry suit, you will also be qualified to rent the suits, which is ideal if you do not own a dry suit yet but want to keep diving all year round.
During the course you will 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 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
You will also master the following skills:
• Dry Suit Familiarisation
• 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