Drysuit Diver

Drysuit Diver

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The Drysuit Diver course will prepare you for scuba diving with a dry suit in cold, Canadian waters. Drysuits are also becoming more common in warm water diving for those that get chilled during multiple dives a day.

Drysuits may be purchased or rented for the course. While a drysuit certification is not required for diving with a dry suit, it is highly recommended and most dive shops will not rent a drysuit to a diver that is not certified to use a drysuit. Divers who dive with dry suits will tell you that you will learn the skills faster and easier in a structured course, compared to venturing on your own to "figure it out".

Upcoming Courses

Part 1: Pool & Class

Part 2: Open Water

Sunday, July 29 8am-2pm

Sunday, August 19 8am-2pm

Sunday, September 9 8am-2pm

For other dates not listed,
please contact us to discuss options

Please see Open Water Training
dates for Jasper and
Twin Lake options

For other dates not listed,
please contact us to discuss options

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

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

What you can expect to learn

  • Types of dry suits, valves, and seals
  • Features of a variety of drysuits
  • Dive wear insulation and undergarments
  • Buoyancy control and techniques including proper weighting
  • Maintenance and care
  • Emergency situations including malfunctions, floods, air in boots recovery
  • Ascents, descents, hovering

Certification Requirements

Part 1:

  • Pre-Course Study: Prior to the start of the course, students must successfully complete the Student Manual with IQ Review.
  • Classroom Training: Hands-on classroom training must be completed prior to completing the pool training.
  • Pool Training: With a qualified instructor, students will complete one pool training session

Part 2:

  • Open Water Dives: With a qualified instructor, students will complete two dives in an open water environment.

Course fees do not include gear, tanks, airfills, travel, accommodations, training manuals.