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.
If you're at least 10 years old and certified as a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the Dry Suit Diver course.
In addition to reviewing dive safety procedures when using a dry suit, you'll learn:
- Which dry suit style and accompanying undergarments are right for you.
- How to take care of your dry suit.
- Putting on and taking off your dry suit with minimal assistance.
- Mastering buoyancy control when using a dry suit.
You may be able to get college credit for the Dry Suit Diver course - ask your instructor.
Prerequisites & Requirements
10 years or older
PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver (or qualifying entry-level certification)
Approximately 2-4 hours
For information on other available languages please contact your PADI Dive Center.
Clearly a dry suit is necessary along with your basic scuba equipment. Your PADI Instructor or local dive center staff 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.
Start learning now with PADI's home-study materials - Dry Suit Diver eLearning. Read and watch video about dry suit diving, then interact with knowledge checks in preparation for meeting with your PADI Instructor to schedule your one confined water and two dry suit dives. Stop by your local Dive Center or Resort to enroll in the course and speak with your instructor if you have any questions about the course content.