The Dry Suit Diver course with ATLANTIC EDGE
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. Dry suits let you dive more challenging dive sites and extend your dive season.
Safely using dry suits, however, requires special training. That’s where the PADI Dry Suit Diver specialty course comes in.
Among the many things you will learn as part of this program:
- Dry Versus Wet: How dry suits keep you warm in ways no wet suit can ever hope to match.
- Dry Suits and Accessories: A comprehensive guide to dry suit features and materials, as well as to undergarments, hoods, boots, gloves, and other accessories that are unique to dry suit use.
- Using Dry Suits: How to plan and organize dry suit dives, as well as to the specialized procedures for donning dry suits, ascents and descents, and buoyancy control underwater (as well as what to do when the unexpected happens).
- Dry Suit Care and Maintenance: Getting the most from your investment in a dry suit.
Students must meet the following prerequisites:
- Be certified the Open Water Diver level (or equivalent)
- Be at least 12 years of age
- Be able to answer "No" to all questions on the PADI/RSTC Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval for diving prior to the start of the course
What is Involved?
The course consists of two parts:
- Knowledge Review/Pool or Shallow Water Training: We’ll review the knowledge review from the Dry Suit Diver Manual (we’ll mail your manual out at registration). The knowledge review and skill training will give you a basic understanding of what dry suit diving is all about, and get to develop many of the basic skills that are essential for this activity.
- Open Water Training: Over the course of two dives, you apply that knowledge and skills you developed to refine under real-world diving conditions. Successfully completing both open-water training dives qualifies you for PADI Dry Suit Diver certification.
During the colder months (December- April) we’ll start with a pool session on a separate day from the dives at Hyde’s Quarry (unless noted otherwise). During our warmer months (May- November) we’ll meet at Hyde’s Quarry where we’ll start off in shallow water and then complete our two dives.
When Can You Start?
Check out or schedule below for dates and times.
The course fee is $199 and includes:
- Use of dry suit (no undergarments)
- Dry Suit Diver Manual
- Knowledge review
- Pool session or shallow water session
- Open water dives
- Certification card
- Tanks and weights
- Hoods and gloves
Course does not include (Required Equipment that student are responsible for supplying):
- Mask, snorkel, fins
- Undergarments (we recommend bring your ski gear/or any thermal wear you own)
- Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)
- Regulator/alternate air source
- Depth gauge/timer or computer
- Audible surface signal
- Surface signal (safety tube)
- Cutting tool
- Quarry entry Fees
Drysuit Diver Paperwork