• Dry Suit Diver (PADI or SDI)

Dry Suit Diver (PADI or SDI)

The Dry Suit Diver Course will open up a whole new world of diving to you. Many of the diving environments around the world are better experienced in a dry suit. Why? These areas have an abundance of marine life waiting to be seen and photographed – they just happen to be a little colder! Dry suits are also used in tropical water during the cooler months.This course allows the student to develop the knowledge and skills to properly use a dry suit. It will discuss the types of dry suits, accessories, maintenance and how to make basic repairs.


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Who this course is for:

Certified divers looking for advanced training in dry suit equipment, selection and diving techniques. This diver can extend their diving season, spend more time diving in cooler environments and/or enjoy enhancing their dive experience by staying warm and cozy in a dry suit.


Course prerequisites:

  • Open Water Scuba Diver or equivalent

  • Minimum age 18, 10 - 15 with private instruction


What you can expect to learn:

The Dry Suit Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • Types of dry suits

    • Shell style

    • Crushed neoprene

    • Neoprene

  • Types of seals

    • Latex

    • Neoprene

  • Features

    • Self don

    • Rear entry

    • Boots

    • Zipper guard: protect waterproof zipper from chaffing

    • Warm neck collar

    • Suspenders

  • Dive wear insulation (often times called undergarments)

    • Cut to be close to the skin

    • Compression resistant

    • Components

  • Dry suit valves

    • Inflator and deflator considerations

  • Buoyancy control

  • Maintenance and care

    • Cleaning

    • Zipper care

    • Minor repairs

  • Dry suit emergencies


The required skills you will have to demonstrate include all of the following and more:

  • Planning a dive

  • Proper donning of a dry suit

  • Review functions of the dry suit

  • Buoyancy check and proper weighting

  • Practice dry suit skills

  • Inflate and deflate dry suit

  • Roll out from an inverted position

  • Buoyancy skills such as hovering in a fixed position

  • Emergency procedures for dry suit malfunction

  • Safety stop

  • Ascend and exit

  • Log dive


What’s in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in dry suit diving activities without direct supervision of the Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

  • The diving activities approximate those of training

  • The areas of activities approximate those of training

  • Environmental conditions approximate those of training


How to take this course:

  • Sign up and receive your online code. Choose between SDI or PADI!

  • Once you complete the online portion schedule the class, pool, or open water dives as required.

  • Course Cost:

  • $116.10 (PADI) $139.95 (SDI) for eLearning & certification card once earned. 

  • $315 Tuition Fee - Includes Classroom Session, Pool Session, and 2 open water dives (Equipment is complimentary for all pool sessions).

  • Dive count is the minimum required amount of dives to successfully complete the course.

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