About the Course
Keep diving the year round by taking the PADI Dry Suit Diver course. Unlike wetsuits, drysuits are filled with air. Aspiring dry suit divers need to learn how to control the air in their drysuit along with their buoyancy
During this course you’ll learn about the different types of dry suits available, the benefits they offer, basic dry suit repairs and maintenance, and how to safely dive in one.
The course is broken up into 3 stages, undertaken one after the other. Click through below to get more details on each of the stages.
Firstly you’ll be provided access to the PADI eLearning materials. You’ll learn about how dry suits differ from wet suits, the different types of dry suits, undergarments, inflation systems, dry suit diving safety and emergency procedures, suit care, maintenance and storage, and dry suit diving guidelines. The PADI Dry Suit Diver course theory is all digital, meaning you can do it from the comfort of your sofa on a computer or smart device.
Typical time commitment: 2-4 hours
Confined Water Dive
The confined water dive provides a safe environment for you to get to know your dry suit before taking it out into open water. During the confined water dive, your instructor will teach you how to put on and take off your specific suit, how to undertake a buoyancy check, how to control your buoyancy, inflator hose connection and troubleshooting, safe descent and ascent techniques, and how to recover from gas collecting in one area of the suit, such as the feet.
Typical time commitment: ½ day
Open Water Dives
The PADI Dry Suit Diver course consists of two open water dives. Under the direct supervision of your instructor, you will put into practice the skills learnt during your confined water dive, and build you confidence and comfort levels in diving in your dry suit.
Typical time commitment: 1 day
Previous dive experience and/or qualifications: You must be a certified PADI Open Water Diver or equivilent from another recognised diving agency.
Minimum age: 12 years old – Diving in Melbourne is one of the most rewarding places to dive, but the conditions can make it challenging for younger people. Therefore, we restrict our minimum age to 12 years. Divers who are under the age of 15 may earn a Junior Diver certification. After certification 12 to 14-year-olds must dive with an adult certified diver.
Medical fitness: In order to take part in diving, you should be medically fit to dive. As part of your booking process, we will ask you to complete a medical form. If the form indicates that you must get a diving physician’s medical evaluation, we recommend getting this sorted in good time ahead of your course, and prior to finalising your booking. We won’t be able to take you diving if you do not obtain any required approvals, and your deposit may be forfeit. For a list of qualified diving physicians, visit the SPUMS website.
Our base price includes the learning and administrative costs of the course. There may be additional costs to consider depending on the course and your individual requirements, we will confirm these with you when you book onto the course. Find below our typical inclusions, and other costs that you may need to consider:
- In-water instruction:
- 1 day of diving,
upto 1 confined water dive, and
2 open water dives
- Certification processing fee
Other Costs to Consider
- Equipment hire
- Pool hire/entry fees
- Boat tickets
- Air fills
Once you have received your eLearning access code, you can access the learning platform using a computer or a smart device. To access from you computer, log in to the PADI website.
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If you plan to be somewhere without internet access, use the PADI Training app to download course content and study offline. Content can be downloaded in small sections. When you get back online, upload your progress so you can resume your training right where you left off.
The PADI Training app is available for Apple® iOS and Android™ devices. For the ideal experience, devices should be no more than three models old and running with the most current OS (operating system).
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Fine tune your buoyancy and trim by taking the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty. You’ll learn how to adjust your equipment to change your centre of gravity and get you positioned better in the water for the most comfortable dive experience, as well as different techniques to adjust your buoyancy during a dive.
Drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your torch light as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. If you’ve wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.