DRYSUIT DIVER CERTIFICATION
Diving in a drysuit is different than diving in a wetsuit. In fact, diving in a drysuit can be deadly if used without proper training. Why do people use drysuits? Water conducts heat away from the body 25 times faster than air. For this reason drysuits are often used in technical diving activities at deep depths and in specific regions of the world where if a diver wore a 7mm wetsuit or a farmer John they’d freeze to death. In short, drysuits help keep divers dry and warm. This allows them to dive in comfort, dive longer, and do more dives . In order to use a dry suit, student(s) must know how to wear and use it correctly.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
The goal of this course is to familiarize students with drysuit diving. They will learn about wetsuits vs. dry suits, dry suit construction and undergarments, BCs vs. drysuits, how to properly weight oneself while using a drysuit. Not to mention they will learn about redundant argon gas inflation systems. Student-divers will learn how to maintain neutral buoyancy at depth, and how to intelligently handle emergency situations underwater.
THE HARD PART
Donning a drysuit is no easy task. Scuba diving is already an equipment intensive sport. Add a drysuit into the mix, and things get a little more complicated. Imagine having to perform the same skills you had to do in your open water course but this time you are wearing a bagging suit. Moving aroudn in drysuit can, at first, seem difficult. It takes time getting used to is.
THE FUN PART
Doing two open water dives with an instructor and finally being able to wear a dryauit with confidence. Upon mastering the skills needed for drysuit diving, scuba divers are left with a sense of accomplishment because now they too belong to an elite group of scuba divers that can dive in any water conditions anywhere in the world .
ADMISSION TO THE COURSE
Divers who are interested in taking the Drysuit Diver Course must be at least 12 years old and submit (1) a student application form to our office, (2) a Medical Questionnaire / Statement, (4) Rental Agreement form, and (5) a Liability Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement form. If the new diver answers “yes” to any condition on the form’s medical history section, the diver must receive medical approval prior to any in-water activities.
**Divers who are 12 years old will earn a Junior Drysuit Diver Certification**
DRYSUIT DIVER PREREQUISITES
All applicants must be certified as an Open Water Scuba Diver prior to taking this course.
WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?
Students are required to furnish their own Dry Suit for this course. In addition, they must also furnish their own full set of gear. To include a mask, snorkel, fins, booties, wetsuit, regulators, Buoyancy Compensator Device (BCD), hood, knife, and gloves.
Choose any of the select course materials from below to complete the academic portion of the Dry Suit Diver certification course. Keep in mind your certfication will coincide with the edcuation system you choose. For example if you choose a NAUI education system, your certification will be NAUI. If you choose a PADI education system, your certification will be PADI.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Tuition – $295.00 plus the cost of your academic materials
YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE
After completing CPR and first aid (if you have not yet taken a class) and the Advanced Diver Rescue Course you should take the Search and Recovery course. Together these three courses ameliorate your ability to handle scuba diving emergencies. If you want to enhance your rescues skills even further, the Advanced Rescue Scuba Diver Course is the way to go. All these will help to prepare you for the Master Scuba Diver Course.