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Dry Suit Diver Specialty

Why Dive Dry?

Comfort is a desire of all divers. When divers dive outside their "comfort zone," enjoyment and motivation gradually decrease, and diving stops. Cold is a key factor affecting comfort. And the cold does not have to be bone chilling to affect the diver's enjoyment or safety. Symptoms can be as simple as loss of motivation and energy. These subtle effects have been defined by physiologists as "unjustified fatigue".  The advantages of diving dry vs. diving wet are dramatically illustrated by the comparative levels of warmth at increased depth.

Diving a dry suit comes with it's own risks and challenges however.  It's not as easy as an experienced dry suit diver makes it look.  In some cases it can be like learning buoyancy control all over again.  This course teaches you how to properly don and doff your suit, buoyancy control skills, undergarment options, as well as safe practices for arresting an uncontrolled ascent before it's too late.

BEFORE YOU BUY!!! Sign up and start this course.  Many students make the mistake of purchasing their dry suit prior to taking the class.  Some shops actually encourage this.  We don't agree, how can you possibly know what type of suit would best fit your needs, what are all the pro's and con's, features and functions, of different suits and suit types if you don't learn all about it first.  It's a little bit like purchasing all your scuba gear before your open water class starts...you might be wishing you had more information before you made your selection.

Prerequisites are Advanced Open Water Diver AND some cold water diving experience. In addition this course can also be taken DURING or as part of your advanced open water program.

Course Cost is $125 and includes all materials (Book and DVD), a class/practical session combined with pool practice, and two open water dives.  By this point in a divers training it is important that you begin to obtain your own equipment (rentals are available but having your own gear is preferred).  Most students take this course in conjunction with a purchase of their dry suit, but suits can be rented as well.

The course is made up of four open water dives and a classroom session.  Dive planning, preparation, and safety are paramount to success in this specialty diving certification.


The Learning Materials Included

The PADI Dry Suit Diving crewpak (DVD and manual) is the owner’s guide you didn’t get with your dry suit. Topics include:

  • 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
  • Buoyancy control.


PADI Dry Suit Diving Crew Pak




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