PADI DRY SUIT DIVER
This provides the knowledge and techniques for safe dry suit diving through knowledge development and practical training/exercises in confined and open water.
Required age/certification level
Minimum age: 10 years old and Padi Open Water certification/Junior Open Water certification, or have a qualifying certification from another organization.
There are knowledge reviews in the the Padi Dry Suit Diver manual which must be completed and reviewed by the instructor during a classroom session when you will also watch the Padi Dry Suit Diver video.
There are a total of 3 dives in the Dry Suit Diver Course
Confined water dry suit orientation dive.
Student divers with no prior dry suit experience must complete a confined water dry suit orientation dive prior to making the first Dry Suit open water dive of this course.
The confined water dive provides an opportunity to eliminate potential equipment problems and allows student divers to try-out their dry suits and develop basic dry suit diving skills.
By the end of the confined water training dive, you will:
Don and remove a dry suit, with the aid of another diver if necessary for
a particular model of dry suit. Demonstrate how to conduct a buoyancy check at the surface while wearing a dry suit with undergarments and full scuba equipment. Demonstrate neutral buoyancy by performing a one minute fin pivot on the bottom then hovering near the bottom for one minute.
Disconnect and reconnect the low-pressure hose from the dry suit inflator valve while underwater wearing gloves. Demonstrate the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy, near the bottom, while both the inflator and deflator mechanisms of the dry suit are depressed (opened). Also demonstrate one technique for recovering from excess gas in the feet. Then perform a neutrally buoyant ascent from the bottom, at a rate no faster than 18 metres/60 feet per minute and remove and replace both the scuba unit and weight system while on the surface of the water.
Dry Suit Open Water Dive One
By the end of this open water training dive, you will be able to:
Put on and remove a dry suit with the aid of another diver. Adjust the amount of weight needed to be neutrally buoyant at the surface, while maintaining a full breath and when both the dry suit and BCD are completely vented of air.
Perform a controlled descent, avoiding suit squeeze by adding air to the suit.
Demonstrate neutral buoyancy by pivoting on the fin tips, or when appropriate, another point of contact for one minute. Maintain neutral buoyancy near the bottom by hovering (without kicking or sculling) for one minute. Maintain neutral buoyancy during the dive and avoid accidentally kicking up silt or touching the bottom. Perform a neutrally buoyant ascent from the bottom, at a rate no faster than 18 metres/60 feet per minute.
Perform a safety stop at 5 metres/15 feet for at least three minutes.
Remove and replace, on the surface, both the scuba unit and weight system.
Dry Suit Open Water Dive Two
By the end of this open water training dive, you will:
Don & remove a dry suit, with the aid of another diver if appropriate for that model dry suit. Perform a controlled descent, while adding a little air to avoid suit squeeze. Disconnect and reconnect the low-pressure hose from the dry suit inflator valve while underwater wearing gloves. Maintain neutral buoyancy during the dive and avoid accidentally kicking up bottom silt and/or touching the reef/bottom. Perform a neutrally buoyant ascent from the bottom, at a rate no faster than 18 metres/60 feet per minute and perform a safety stop at 5 metres/15 feet for three minutes.
Each diver must have a snorkel, mask, fins, scuba cylinder, buoyancy
control device with low-pressure inflator, regulator a secondary air source, a submersible pressure gauge, a compass, a dive knife, gloves, dry suit with a facility to connect an air supply for suit inflation as required, and an under garment appropriate for the environment.
Padi Dry Suit Diver Manual
Prices ( Excluding equipment rental.)
2+People = $200.00 each Private = $300.00
Where can you go from here?
The Dry Suit Diver Course is an opportunity is particularly useful for anyone diving or planning to dive in a cold environment. It can also be credited towards a program of speciality courses to achieve the Master Scuba Diver rating.