The Dry Suit Diver Course will open up a whole new world of diving to you. Many of the cold water diving environments around the world are better experienced in a dry suit.

Want to stay warm? Want to extend your scuba diving season? Then dive dry.  A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water. There is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often.

You must be at least 15 years old and certified as an Open Water Diver or higher

The dry suit certification consists of the following:

  • Session 1 Online E-learning
  • Session 2 One Day of Classroom Work Shop.
  • Session 3 One Day of Pool Training.
  • Session 4 One Day of Open Water Training.

Get  Started

Minimum age for participation is 15 years. Divers must be in good physical condition to enroll in this course. Participants may be enrolled in a Scuba Diver Course or must be certified as a Scuba Diver or equivalent. To enroll, click on the purchase now tab or visit Riverside Scuba.


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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.

Who this course is 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:

NAUI or SDI Open Water Scuba Diver,  Junior Open Water Diver, or equivalent
Minimum age 18, 12 with parental consent

What you can expect to learn:

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

  • Types of dry suits
    • Shell style
    • Crushed neoprene
    • Neoprene
  • Types of seals
    • Latex
    • Neoprene
  • Features
    • Self don
    • Rear entry
    • Boots
    • Zipper guard: protect waterproof zipper from chaffing
    • Warm neck collar
    • Suspenders
  • Dive wear insulation (often times called undergarments)
    • Cut to be close to the skin
    • Compression resistant
    • Components
  • Dry suit valves
    • Inflator and deflator considerations
  • Buoyancy control
  • Maintenance and care
    • Cleaning
    • 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 dry suit diving activities without direct supervision of the NAUI or SDI 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

The NAUI or SDI Dry Suit Diver certification counts towards a single specialty rating to complete the Advanced Scuba Diver Course or Master Scuba Diver Course.

Dry Suit 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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