Dry Suit Diver

Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry. Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water.

Warm and Dry in a Dry Suit
Underwater Exploration in a Dry Suit

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.

Dry Suit Diver Prerequisites

In order to qualify for the Dry Suit Diver course you must:

  1. Be at least 10 years old
  2. Be a PADI Open Water Diver, Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent

Dry Suit Diver Course Details

The Dry Suit Diver Course consists of 2 phases:

  1. Knowledge Development
  2. Open Water Dives (3)

These phases are detailed in the sections below.

Snow Monkey Wishes he had a Dry Suit

1. Knowledge Development

The knowledge development phase starts with your independent study of the Dry Suit Diver manual, as well as the optional Dry Suit Diver video which complements and reinforces the manual.

Each chapter in the manual includes a knowledge review section to demonstrate your understanding of the material. Those knowledge reviews will be used to direct a classroom refresher session prior to completing the dives in open water.

Although there are a few options available, for most students AquaMunkee Scuba will cover the knowledge development section using the following approach:

1. Independent, Self-Paced Study at Home
2. Completion of All Knowledge Reviews in Your Manual
3. Classroom Session to Discuss Knowledge Reviews
4. Additional Explanation / Question-and-Answer Session

On average, the entire home study portion of the Knowledge Development phase can be completed in 1-2 weeks at a leisurely pace.

Exploring the Ice Underwater

2. Open Water Dives

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.

During your open water dives you will learn and practice the following skills:

  1. Dry suit buoyancy control skills
  2. Dry suit maintenance, storage and basic repair
  3. Dry suit undergarment options and selection
  4. Dry suit descent techniques
  5. Safety drills
  6. Dry suit storage
Whites Nexus Dry Suit

Special Equipment

In order to be ready for your Dry Suit Diver experience, you will need the following additional diving equipment:

  1. Dry suit
  2. Dry suit hood, gloves, & boots
  3. Regulator equipped with dry suit inflator hose

Contact AquaMunkee to arrange for equipment rental if you do not have all of the necessary specialty gear required for your open water dives.

The Paperwork

Once you have completed your knowledge reviews and all of your diving, the only thing left to do is fill out your certification paperwork, take your photo, and get your temporary certification cards.

Within 2 weeks (typically closer to 1 week) you will have your lifetime certification as a PADI Dry Suit Diver.

Course Price Includes:

  1. Training and certification
  2. Rental equipment - standard and specialty gear
  3. Air fills for all dives
  4. Dry Suit Diver Manual

Not Included / Additional Expenses:

  1. Dry Suit Rental

Required Forms for Training

  1. PADI Continuing Education Form - combines Safe Diving Practices, Liability Release and Medical Statement forms into one convenient form for continuing education.

AquaMunkee Scuba is a PADI training facility, focused on the PADI approach to diver education and also offering training through the related organizations DSAT/Tec Rec and Emergency First Response.