PADI Dry Suit Diver

Stay warm, dry, and be comfortable on all dives! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm – even in very cold water.

Dry suits let you dive more challenging dive sites and extend your dive seasons into winter even when the water gets cold. When you have the right cold water scuba diving attire, you can stand up to the elements of nature and take advantage of the generally better visibility offered by winter months – especially at inland dive sites such as quarries, lakes, sinkholes, caves even the cold sea temperatures.

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.

1. Course overview

You’ll gain confidence by starting with dives in our indoor pool, followed by a further 2 open water dives. The knowledge development portion will be carried out through PADI e-Learning in your own time.

You already need to be a PADI Open Water diver (or equivilent certification from another training agency), and you need to be at least 12 years old.

2. What you'll learn

One of the primary aims of the course is learning how to control the air in your dry suit, along with your buoyancy and trim in the water.

You’ll also gain the knowledge and skills to safely don, dive with, doff and store a dry suit. As part of this, you’ll be introduced to the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision if considering purchasing a membrane or neoprene dry suit.

3. Equipment

Unlike our introductory courses, you’ll either need to provide your own scuba kit, or hire some from us for the duration of your course. If you want to look at purchasing your own, we’d be happy to help you also.

As a minimum, you’ll need a mask, snorkel, fins, buoyancy compensating jacket (BCD), scuba regulator, and the instrumentation to monitor your depth and air supply. You can hire cylinders from us, or bring your own in-test cylinders with you to be refilled at the dive site.

You’ll also need adequate exposure protection for the conditions you’ll be diving in (this could be a wetsuit or drysuit) to keep you comfortable on your dives. If you dive in a dry suit, you need to ensure you have the correct training for this too.

Some courses may require additional equipment, depending on the individual course requirements.

Any equipment you provide yourself must be in a serviced, well-maintained and safe condition. No exceptions!

4. Learning materials

We will send you any e-Learning materials needed for your specialty course, which will take you to the registration area of the PADI site. This teaches you the background information you need for your course, and allows you to study at your own pace.

You can complete this on pretty much any device with an internet connection.

Some courses also have physical learning content, which we can give you once you’re enrolled.

Ready to start?

You can book and pay for your course with us online, either for yourself or someone else. We’ll send over any e-Learning content to your email, and we can then work with you on suitable dates and times for any in-person sessions.

We have availability throughout the year, although if you have specific dates or a timeline in mind, please check with us first.

Your next adventure...

As with all diving, your buoyancy and trim within the water are key to getting the most from your dive. This is especially true when diving with a dry suit, when you need to be aware of your positioning and how to control it.

We’ve definitely recommend the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course as your next step. No other speciality will benefit your diving more. Divers who’ve mastered the highest performance levels in buoyancy stand apart from others.

The Stellar Crew

We have a very straightforward philosophy; we are totally committed to ensuring you – our customer – have the best, safest and most enjoyable experience possible. It’s as simple as that!

Here at Stellar, we all love to scuba dive, and we love to have fun doing it. We absolutely want you to feel the same way when you dive with us.

We can very proudly boast that we’re a PADI 5-star Instructor Development Centre. Put simply, this means we also train the trainers – so naturally we take our education of safe diving very seriously. You’re in safe hands, and you’ll have a lot of fun in the process too.