PADI Drysuit Diver

PADI Drysuit Diver

Some people may choose never to dive in cooler waters, thinking that it cannot possibly be any fun. Wrong! It is not diving in cold water that is no fun, but being cold... and there is a big difference! To dive comfortably in such waters, you need to ensure that you are using the correct exposure suit. Drysuits are the perfect choice for this type of environment.

Why PADI Drysuit Diver?

Some of the worlds most spectacular and challenging dives can be found in the cooler, more temperate waters of the world - fascinating wrecks, abundant marine life and some amazing underwater landscapes! The PADI Drysuit Speciality is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to safely explore these cooler waters.

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Course Comments...

Below are comments from previous customers who have taken this course. If you have taken this course with us within the past six months please feel free to post your comments.

"Recently completed my Dry Suit course with Simon. A pool session in the week and 2 x open water dives at the NDAC Chepstow on the Saturday. Although I may have a few warm-water wetsuit dives in my logbook, this was my first venture into a drysuit.
I have to thank Simon for making the experience pleasurable and informative (above the manual content). Simon worked through the course content at a leisurely, sensible learning pace and was always reassuring.
Leading up to the course I had several pieces of equipment serviced/tested by Cardiff Scuba. Every contact has been, as it should be, but often isn't in all establishments, an easy and satisfying experience. Many thanks to all at Cardiff Scuba.

From Richard Hallaran, course taken June 2018

"If you're thinking of doing your Drysuit course - look no further than Rob & the team at Cardiff Scuba!

The course itself is, surprisingly, one of the most enjoyable specialities I've done to date! Given where I am on my diving journey the dives allowed me to hone some of my buoyancy skills and learn to make the most out of the Dry suit.

If you've learnt in a Drysuit, or maybe have some dives under your belt in one, please do not think that you can skip this course! I learnt a lot... not just the stuff in the book but also some really practical tips, advice and input that will make my Drysuit diving even better!!

Rob was as always fantastic; his serious yet fun approach to teaching means that you feel that you have worked for the right to have that speciality. You leave feeling safe and confident that you can go forward, and with more practice, become a truly competent Drysuit diver.

Thanks Rob! :) "

From Richard Godfrey, course taken August 2017

"Having started my PADI journey with Cardiff Scuba last year it was about time that I did the Dry Suit Course!

As always Rob was on hand to help, support and encourage all the way through the course.

The course itself focused on my buoyancy skills and left me feeling more confident after the two dives! I learnt some great techniques and as always with the team at Cardiff Scuba I knew I was learning from the best.

If your thinking of doing your Dry suit course - don't look anywhere else. Thanks - Amy xx"

From Amy Godfrey, course taken August 2017

"This was my very first time diving with a Dry suit, and also diving in the UK.

Rob our instructor was both patient, attentive and very professional. The group size was kept small and we were provided excellent support and guidance throughout the course by both Rob our instructor and Fotus (sorry if I spelled this wrong) our DM.

The dry suit course was presented with the perfect mix of professionalism and fun and I thoroughly enjoyed taking this course.

I will definitely be returning for further PADI courses. "

From Martin Duffy, course taken August 2017

"Had an amazing day down at Chepstow doing our Drysuit course. Rob was a fantastic instructor. His expertise was a close second to his professionalism and his patience!

A great instructor, a fantastic course and at a perfect location (ok, so it's not the Maldives!) We'll definitely be back to Cardiff scuba, highly recommended :-)"

From Emma Duffy, course taken August 2017

"After a session of drysuit theory, I slipped into some fleece thermals and stepped into a neoprene drysuit for the first time.
Being used to a wetsuit it was a little strange at first with the snug neck seal and rear shoulder zip ( what if I need a wee in a rush ? ).
Wearing an extra 4kg, did a perfect buoyancy check, dealt with my wet arm via a small adjustment and off we went.
Enjoyed being spun upside down and the buoyancy exercises. Never been so warm in the quarry. The well fitting drysuit didn't give me any squeeze issues at depth when trialled in stages.
I now feel confident to drysuit a UK winter dive.
Many thanks as always to Simon and James for their diligence"

From Jason Cross, course taken May 2017

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Further information on PADI Drysuit Diver (back to top)

PADI Drysuit Diver

What do I need to start?

PADI Drysuit Speciality Manual

What will I do?

Topics covered in this speciality course include: drysuit construction, undersuits, diving techniques, safety and emergencies, maintanance ad repair.


These topics are covered during the course.

How long will it take?

The theory componant will be held at the NDAC prior to the OW practice. The dives will take place after the practice session.

What previous experience do I need?

To enrol on the PADI Drysuit Speciality, you must be at least 12 years of age and hold an (Junior) Open Water Certificate, or equivalent from another training agency.

What do the fees include?

All professional tuition All equipment required for the course All Pool costs Course Manual All airfills required for course Insurance costs while on the course All registration fees with PADI upon completion.

What don't fees include?

Entry fee to dive site used for the Open Water dives Costs of transportation to and from dive sites Any personal costs (eg. food, drink, accommodation)

What can I do once I'm qualified?

The Drysuit course will open up your diving opportunites. You will now be able to dive in colder climates, and increase the length of your diving season in this country. This Specialty certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for your Master Scuba Diver certification