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Drysuit Diver Speciality

Drysuit Diver Speciality

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Who is this course for?

The certified diver looking for advanced training in dry suit equipment, selection and diving techniques. This diver can extend their diving season, spend more time diving in cooler environments and/or enjoy enhancing their dive experience by staying warm and cozy in a dry suit.

Course prerequisites

Open Water Scuba Diver, Junior Open Water Scuba Diver, or equivalen.

Minimum age 18 , 12 with parental consent.

What you can expect to learn

The Dry Suit Diver course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

Types of dry suits

Shell style

Crushed neoprene


Types of seals




Self don

Rear entry


Zipper guard: protect waterproof zipper from chaffing

Warm neck collar


Dive wear insulation (often times called undergarments)

Cut to be close to the skin

Compression resistant


Dry suit valves

Inflator and deflator considerations

Buoyancy control

Maintenance and care


Zipper care

Minor repairs

Dry suit emergencies

The required skills you will have to demonstrate include all of the following and more:

Planning a dive

Proper donning of a dry suit

Review functions of the dry suit

Buoyancy check and proper weighting

Practice dry suit skills

Inflate and deflate dry suit

Roll out from an inverted position

Buoyancy skills such as hovering in a fixed position

Emergency procedures for dry suit malfunction

Safety stop

Ascend and exit

Log dive

What's in it for you?

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may engage in diving activities without direct supervision of the DNQY Instructor* so long as the following limits are adhered to:

The diving activities approximate those of training

The areas of activities approximate those of training

Environmental conditions approximate those of training

Also, the Drysuit Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to achieve the Advanced Diver Development Program.

Drysuit Diver minimum requirements

Satisfactorily complete the Dry Suit Diver Knowledge Quests with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor.

Complete all open water requirements efficiently.

Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution.

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The Dry Suit Diver Course will open up a whole new world of diving to you. Many of the diving environments around the world are better experienced in a dry suit. Why? These areas have an abundance of marine life waiting to be seen and photographed – they just happen to be a little colder! Dry suits are also used in tropical water during the cooler months.

This course allows the student to develop the knowledge and skills to properly use a dry suit. It will discuss the types of dry suits, accessories, maintenance and how to make basic repairs.

There are many different dry suit materials (neoprene, crushed neoprene, vulcanised rubber, trilaminate) but nowadays for recreational dry suit diving there are 2 main types – neoprene and membrane/trilaminate.

Trilaminate is made up of three layers as the name suggests and will keep you dry but does not give much insulation. Cordura or membrane types are particularly robust and are often used as school suits for this reason. These have a generally looser fit on the body to allow you to add more insulation underneath.

Crushed neoprene is thicker and has better insulating qualities than a trilaminate suit so will keep you warmer with minimal undersuit. It is a much more fitted suit and we find it much easier to move in, but it is easier to damage/puncture.