PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course

Why should you attend a PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course? What’s the difference between a dry suit and a wetsuit? Do you like to stay warm underwater? Would you like to dive in cold water or expand your boundaries?

Why be a dry suit diver? Nobody enjoys being cold underwater, it saps the fun right out of a dive and can even lead to serious conditions such as hypothermia. Staying warm makes the dive more comfortable & means you enjoy it more, but some cooler dive environments require more than just a wetsuit to keep warm. This is where a dry suit comes in. Sealing you off from the water keeps you warm and comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water.

The Best Part

The best part about the PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course is that there is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions such as visibility are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries, extend your limits and dive in more places.

What will you learn?

The first thing you’ll discover is which dry suit style and accompanying undergarments are right for you and the diving you’ll do. Then you’ll learn how to take care of your dry suit. During  a confined water dive, you’ll practice:

  • Putting on and taking off your dry suit with minimal assistance
  • How to master the art of buoyancy control using your dry suit
  • Important diving  safety procedures when using a dry suit

What will you do?

Once prepped & briefed you will organize and make at least two Open Water dives under the close eye of your qualified PADI Specialty Instructor, at a depth of around 18 metres/60 feet. You will also:

  • Check for correct weighting at the surface
  • Perform controlled descents avoiding suit squeeze
  • Become neutrally buoyant underwater, rising and falling in a controlled fashion for at least one minute
  • Hover for at least one minute without kicking or sculling
  • Disconnect and reconnect dry suit inflator while wearing gloves
  • Maintain neutral buoyancy during the dive without touching the bottom


  • Minimum age 10 years old
  • PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver

What will you get?

Apart from staying warm and comfortable you will also attain:

  • PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Certification
  • One of the five PADI Specialty Diver Certifications to achieve the PADI Master Scuba Diver (MSD) Rating
  • The first dive of this PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
  • You may be able to get college credit for the PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course

Your Next Adventure

A favorite companion course to the PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course is the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course. If you want you can take these two specialties concurrently. Dry suit diving is different from regular diving in that you adjust your buoyancy using your suit, not your BCD. This is why having good buoyancy skills is helpful before starting diving with a dry suit. Also the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course is a useful counterpart specialty course. The deeper you dive, the colder the water tends to become, so on deep Open Water dives, where you have to use a dry suit, you’ll be well prepared!