Drysuit Diver

Drysuit Diver


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

Saturday, July 6, 8am-3:30pm

Sunday, July 28, 8am-3:30pm

Saturday, August 24, 11am-6:30pm

Saturday, September 7, 11am-6:30pm    

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.

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