Drysuit diver

A Melbourne winter offers some of the most amazing diving on the planet. In winter the visibility is better and there are less divers crowding the dive sites. The only drawback – very cold water. A drysuit takes away the barrier to diving in winter, and opens up a lot more places for diving such as Tasmania, Mt Gambier and many cold water dive sites around the world.

With a drysuit you have seals on the wrists and neck, and fully enclosed feet. This means you can do the “James Bond” and wear whatever you like underneath – because you stay dry! Imagine the difference when you return to shore, take off your drysuit and you’re instantly ready to jump in the car and drive away.

As with any new piece of equipment, a drysuit requires training and practice. A low-pressure inflator hose connects your drysuit to your regulator, enabling you to put air into the suit to counteract the “squeeze” when you descend. A PADI drysuit course covers the use of this equipment plus general training on hazard management, such as – “what happens when I go upside down and the air all goes into my feet?”

What will I learn?

  • The planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of drysuit diving
  • Proper procedures for buoyancy control
  • Ascent and descent technique training
  • Routine user-level preventative maintenance and performance checks on dry suits.

What are the course prerequisites?

  • Must be certified as an Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver.

What will I need?

  • Your own mask, snorkel, fins and boots
  • Your own drysuit
  • Two passport photos

Course costs: $325

This includes:

  • Instruction
  • PADI Drysuit Diver certification (which can be used towards your Master Scuba Diver rating)
  • Two dives
  • Airfills on the course
  • Gear hire if needed (except mask, snorkel, boots & fins)

To enquire about PADI Drysuit Diver courses please Contact your Aquatic Adventures, or check our Calendar for dates.