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INTRODUCTION TO DRY SUIT DIVING

Dry Suit Diving

by Jerry Otte (PADI Master Instructor)

Even though most of my dives are now done in a dry suit, I stubbornly stayed with my wetsuit well into my career as a scuba instructor. Like most divers, I learned to dive in a wetsuit. Although I struggled to get into my wetsuits with the rest of my diving friends, I became very comfortable in my wetsuits and eventually mastered weighting and buoyancy.

Dry suits scared me for several reasons, including what seemed to be the added complexity of diving dry. The dry suit had extra parts my wetsuit did not have. I needed extra hoses on my regulator, special valves, an undergarment, more weight, and maybe even a different BCD or set of fins. Buoyancy seemed even more complex, which stories of divers getting inverted did not help.

So I clung to my wetsuit until the father of one of my students insisted that I certify his daughter in very early spring. The water was very cold that weekend, so cold that his daughter suffered a mild case of hypothermia. That is when I decided to invest in a dry suit and learn how to dive it. Today, I rarely dive in anything but a dry suit unless I am on a trip to a tropical destination.

Click HERE to learn how dry suit divers stay warm.

Not certified to dive a dry suit? See the list of upcoming classes below, and sign up today. 

 

    Start Date Course Type End Date Max. Places Places Available   Price    
21 Apr 2023 Dry Suit Diver 06 May 2023 4 4 US$ 225.55

Lecture
Fri 21 Apr 2023
06:00 PM
60 minutes
Aquatic Adventures, Inc.
Pool
Sat 22 Apr 2023
12:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
UWM Klotsche Center
Dive 1
Sat 29 Apr 2023
09:00 AM
05 hours 00 minutes
Nagawicka Lake
Dive 2
Sat 29 Apr 2023
09:00 AM
05 hours 00 minutes
Nagawicka Lake

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05 May 2023 Dry Suit Diver 20 May 2023 4 2 US$ 225.55

Lecture
Fri 05 May 2023
05:00 PM
02 hours 00 minutes
Aquatic Adventures, Inc.
Pool
Mon 08 May 2023
05:00 PM
04 hours 00 minutes
UWM Klotsche Center
Dive 1
Wed 10 May 2023
09:00 AM
05 hours 00 minutes
Nagawicka Lake
Dive 2
Wed 10 May 2023
09:00 AM
05 hours 00 minutes
Nagawicka Lake

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01 Jan 2024 Dry Suit Diver 01 Jan 2024 20 11 US$ 225.55

Lecture
Tue 31 Jan 2023
03:43 AM
Zoom
Dive 1
Tue 31 Jan 2023
03:43 AM
Nagawicka Lake
Dive 2
Tue 31 Jan 2023
03:43 AM
Nagawicka Lake
Pool
Tue 31 Jan 2023
03:43 AM
Private Pool

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