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PADI Speciality - Dry Suit Diver

Minimum Age



1 Day + 1 Evening OR 1 Long Day

About the Course

Unlike wetsuits, drysuits are filled with air. During your drysuit course, your instructor will teach you how to control the air in your drysuit along with your buoyancy.

Your learning begins with e-learning which you can do at home or on the go using the PADI App. During one confined water session and two open water dives, you'll learn how to comfortably and confidently dive in a drysuit. An experienced instructor will help you dial in your buoyancy and shorten the learning curve.

You'll also learn about different types of drysuits, basic drysuit repairs and maintenance.

Why take this course

Dive in colder water temperatures

Stay warmer in colder waters

Learn to dive in a drysuit

Buy a drysuit

What you'll learn

Avoid common drysuit diving problems

Choose a drysuit and undergarments

Care for your drysuit

Course Prerequisites 

You must be at least 15 years old. Due to our location and sites used we cannot currently enrol anyone under this age onto most of our courses. Please speak to us about alternative options for younger divers.

Course prerequisites: most divers enrol in the PADI Dry Suit Diver specialty course after earning their Open Water Diver certification, but in some areas, it's necessary for divers to complete their Open Water course in a drysuit.

If you're interested in using a drysuit during your Open Water Diver course, talk to your instructor. To earn the drysuit specialty certification, you'll need to make one additional dive after your Open Water Diver certification which we can easily do during your time on Arran.

Equipment & Extra Cost

By this stage you should have your own dive gear. Only hire weights and cylinders are included in the course cost. If you need to borrow other equipment we charge £15 per person/per course for complete kit hire.

We understand a drysuit is a big investment so don't worry - you can hire this from us during the course.

We offer discount on TUSA, Waterproof, TovaTec and Beaver Sports gear and equipment. We can have this ready for you ahead of your course. Chat to us before hand to discover what we have in stock or to order in your preferred colour!

After the course...

The first dive of the PADI Dry Suit Diver course may count toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification - ask your instructor about earning credit.

Every specialty you earn brings you one step closer to the prestigious PADI Master Scuba Diver rating. Fewer than two percent of divers ever achieve this elite diver rating, which requires:

5 PADI specialty certifications
A Rescue Diver certification
Proof of 50 logged dives

Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Certain health conditions, medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a doctor before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a doctor’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. You can find this on the About page of our website under 'key info'. Only medical professionals can give clearance to dive. In the case of the UK this is a specialist area and you may need to speak to a HSE Approved Medical Examiners of Divers (AMEDs)

If you (or your doctor) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN) or a HSE AMED.

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