PADI Dry Suit Speciality
In UK waters and particularly during winter months, a Drysuit is certainly an essential piece of scuba diving equipment any diver could possess. They ensure warmth and comfort whilst extending your scuba dive times and your diving season. This Bay Divers course is an introduction to dry suit scuba diving and helps you develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary for dry suit diving.
Minimum age is 10 and students must hold a PADI Open Water Diver or hold a similar qualifying certification from another training organisation. Students must also fill out a PADI medical questionnaire prior to participation.
The course consists of a knowledge development session, one confined water session in your dry suit (in one of our Swansea scuba diving pool locations) followed by two open water scuba dives in either one of our local Swansea or Gower scuba diving sites or the National diving centre in Chepstow. Topics covered include:
- Planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards of Drysuit scuba diving
- Proper procedures for buoyancy control
- Ascent and descent technique training
- Routine maintenance and performance checks on dry suits.
In practical training you will learn:
- How to put on and remove a dry suit with the aid of another diver
- How to conduct a buoyancy check
- How to demonstrate neutral buoyancy by fin pivot and hover
- How to maintain neutral buoyancy when problems occur
- How to recover from an inverted position
One week comprising of one theory session, one confined water session and two open water dives in one day.
How much is it and what is included?
The course costs £150 and includes the following:
- PADI Drysuit Manual
- PADI Certification fee
What is not included?
The use of National Dive Activity Centre in Chepstow is used when weather conditions are poor in West Wales, Swansea or Gower and the entrance fee is £15. Travel to and from the training locations is also your responsibility, but we are very accommodating and normally have spare seats in one of our vehicles when we travel from Swansea!
What happens next?
Now that you are a capable and confident Drysuit diver why not put your new Drysuit to good use by enrolling on the PADI Deep Diver speciality course with Bay Divers. The deeper you scuba dive the colder it becomes and the need for greater thermal protection increases. Feel the difference compared to your wetsuit or semi-dry at depth and enjoy your experience!