Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often. A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water.
A common misconception is that scuba diving is mainly a warm water activity – the PADI Dry Suit Diver course could be just what you need to completely change this opinion.
Diving in a dry suit opens a whole new world of diving. We are fortunate that there is so much fantastic diving around the British Isles – from the numerous wrecks just off the Dorset, Devon and Cornish coasts to diving with seals in just a few metres of water off Lundy or the Farne Islands to WW1 battleships in the Orkney Islands, north Scotland.
Being a dry suit diver also opens the door to many other cold water locations around the world such as the famous crystal clear dive between the continental plates in Iceland, the sardine run in South Africa or even – for the brave – Arctic or Antarctic diving. Whatever your plans, diving in a dry suit gives you more opportunities to dive, as well as opening the door to sites that can’t be dived in a wet suit.
With Oxford Dive Centre, the dry suit course consists of one confined water dive – carried out in Radley College’s pool – and two further open water dives, usually taking place at Vobster Quay in Somerset.
On the PADI Dry Suit course you will learn:
- the different types of dry suit and undergarments
- how to take care of a dry suit
- how to put on, take off and use your dry suit with minimal assistance
mastering buoyancy control when using a dry suit
- lots of practical tips on how to enjoy using a dry suit safely
- …as well as the opportunity to spend some time in the water with an instructor getting comfortable with dry suit diving.
The first dive in the PADI Dry Suit course can also count towards one of the adventure dives necessary for the Advanced Open Water course.