Dry Suit Diver

Tired of getting cold during a dive? Interested in staying warm and toasty on your next dive? Then consider diving dry! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm even when you are in very cold water. While dry suits were once used almost exclusively for situations such as ice diving, cave diving, or deep wreck diving, many sport divers are now using dry suits regularly for every day recreational dives all over the world. Perhaps you want to dive year round in comfort? If so, the Dry Suit Diver course is for you!

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. Many technical divers wear dry suits on almost every dive due to the length of the time spent underwater. The longer the diver is in the water, the more thermal protection is required.

The Dry Suit Diver course will give you a basic knowledge and skills needed to minimize risks and gain experience in dry suit diving, as well as train you to properly use and maintain your dry suit. You will gain the knowledge and skills to safely don, dive with, doff and store a dry-suit. You will learn about the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision when purchasing a dry suit.

You will learn:

• Dry suit buoyancy control skills
• Dry suit maintenance, storage and basic repair
• Undergarment (fleece or overall-type garments worn under the dry suit) options

Here are some of the practical skills you’ll master in the course:

• Safety Checks
• Entry Techniques
• Bubble Check
• Buoyancy Check Descent techniques
• Fin Pivot
• Hover
• Emergency roll drill
• Stuck inflator emergency drill
• Stuck exhaust valve emergency drill
• Ascent procedure
• Exit techniques
• Removal of dry suit, storage and maintenance
• Excess gas in feet

What Are The Requirements?

NAUI Scuba Diver certification or the equivalent is required for enrollment - or your NAUI instructor can teach you both courses in combination so you can be comfortable and warm from your very first open water dive.

How Much Does the Dry Suit Diver Course Cost?

The NAUI Dry Suit Diver class costs $200 for a group class and private classes are available. The course tuition covers your pool instruction, open water instruction, and certification card but does not cover dry suit rental or purchase, pool fees, rental gear, or quarry fees.