You might be planning a trip to Iceland, you would like to dive in the UK even in the winter, or you just want to extend your season and stay warm. Learning how to dive in a dry-suit and how to manage potentially iffy situations while diving can happen in two ways. You try and error yourself (don´t forget your GoPro as this could be potentially hilarious) or you get it right from the start and learn from those who´ve been there before..
Course outline | PADI Dry Suit Diver
For a start, we´ll discuss 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. We might start in the pool or the bay for some confined water training and follow up with two dives where you’ll practice:
- Putting on and taking off your drysuit with minimal assistance.
- Mastering buoyancy control using your dry suit.
- Dive safety procedures when using a dry suit.
- How to care for your dry suit after your dive and how to store it.
How’s my day looking?
This course can be done in 1 day, however it might be a good idea to do one dive a day, as this gives you the chance to practice the handling of your suit, cleaning it properly after your dive and to see if you are left with a puddle in your boots when you put it back on again the next day 🙂 Each dive including specific course briefing and knowledge reviews will take approx 2,5 hours.
So, Can I do it?
- Minimum age is 10 years
- PADI Open Water Diver Certification or higher
- This course requires two people to run
- Hire of diving equipment (BCD, regulator, mask, snorkel, fins)
- 2 Dives
- Training session in pool or bay
- PADI Certification fees
- Divers insurance during the training dives
- Hire of dry-suit
- Anything not mentioned above
- Drinks at the bar
What do I need to bring with me?
- Your dry suit
- The long inflator hose that was attached to your suit – if you can find it
- Current diving certification
- Dive Computer
- Medical Certificate stating you fit to dive
- Swimwear and towel
- And maybe a bit of chocolate for your instructor
Anything else I should know?
Depending on the suit you have, you´ll need different clothing under your wetsuit.
You might want to bring an extra pair of socks, leggings, t-shirt. Mainly if this will be your first time diving in your dry suit, carry two sets of everything 🙂
If you´d like to concentrate on another speciality, you might have a look at DPV Diver Propulsion Vehicle or Nitrox Enriched Air Specs.