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The PADI Dry Suit Diver course

Would you like to stay warm and toasty on a dive?   Yes!!!
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.

What You Learn
Gain the knowledge and skills to safely dive with and take care of your dry-suit.
Get introduced to the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision when considering purchasing a dry suit.

Dry Suit divers know the way to dive! / Photograph by Andrew Simpson

Dry Suit divers know the way to dive! / Photograph by Andrew Simpson

  • Dry suit buoyancy control skills
  • Dry suit maintenance, storage and basic repair
  • Undergarment options

Practical skills you’ll master in this course:

  • Dry Suit Familiarization
  • Safety Checks
  • Entry Techniques
  • Bubble Check
  • Buoyancy Check
  • Descent techniques
  • Fin Pivot
  • Hover
  • 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

The Learning Materials You Will Need;

The PADI Dry Suit Diving crewpack 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.


  • A PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • At least 12 years old

The Fun Part

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.

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.