Scuba Diving with a Dry Suit
Water covers about 70 percent of the earth and most of that water is either temperate or cold. For scuba divers, that means you have several choices when it comes to diving in most regions; don't dive (never!), cut the dive short due to shivering and blueness of skin (What? And miss all there is to see?), struggle with a thicker than normal, extra bulky wetsuit or scuba dive in a dry suit (mmm... toasty warm).
Although diving in a dry suit is a little different from diving in a wetsuit, it isn't difficult. You'll just need to learn what kind of dry suit is best for the diving you do and how buoyancy control techniques differ slightly from those you use while scuba diving in a wetsuit. The best place to learn all this is in a PADI Dry Suit Diver course conducted at your local PADI Dive Shop or Resort.
Dry suits let you dive more challenging dive sites, and extend your dive season. 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 and caves etc. As a dry suit diver, you're equipped to scuba dive some of the world's incredible dive sites in the world's cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a dry suit even in their warmer months.
What do I need to start?
Be a minimum of PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organization)
Minimum age: 10 years old
What will I do?
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.
- Dry suit buoyancy control skills
- Dry suit maintenance, storage and basic repair
As Part of The Course You will Cover:
- Dry Suit Familiarization
- Safety Checks
- Entry Techniques
- Bubble Check
- Buoyancy Check
- Descent techniques
- Fin Pivot
- 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
How long will it take?
Minimum Confined Water Training: 1 dive over 1-2 hours
Minimum Open Water Training: 2 dives over one day
- Basic dry suit repairs.
- How to pack a dry suit to prevent damage.
- Maintenance tips.
Additionally, the course materials preview skills and activities you'll practice in the PADI Dry Suit Specialty course including handling and avoiding potential problems and buoyancy control.
At no time will divers be expected, encouraged or intentionally allowed to make dives that would require emergency decompression stops
What will I need?
The PADI Dry Suit Diving crewpak (DVD and manual) is the owner's guide you didn't get with your dry suit.
Where can I go from here?
The PADI dry suit diver speciality counts towards your MSD or if you enjoy deep diving and want to extend your limits even further, perhaps tec diving is for you?