PADI Dry Suit Specialty

Want to stay warm? Want to extend your scuba diving season? Then dive dry. 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.

What will I 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.

What qualifications do I need?

  • PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Minimum age: 10 years old

How long will it take?

One Classroom Session and One Open Water Session. Typically the Dry Suit Dive is on the weekend following the Classroom Session. You can check the course schedule here

What materials/equipment do I need?

  • PADI Dry Suit Diver Crew-Pak
  • PADI Dry Suit Diver DVD
  • Log Book

Additional Equipment Required

  • Dry Suit
  • Thermal Undersuit
  • Suit inflation hose is necessary along with your basic diving equipment.

The staff at Divers Den 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. (Dry Suit Rental options available)

Course Includes

  • PADI Certification Card
  • Student Digital Photo
  • Classroom Session
  • Two Dry Suit Training Dives

Not Included

  • PADI Dry Suit Diver Crew-Pak
  • PADI Dry Suit Diver DVD
  • Diving Equipment
  • Cost of Entry to Dive Site
  • Travel, Food and/or Lodging

Where can I go from here?

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification. You can also apply this speciality course towards your Master Scuba Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning these credits.

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