PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty Course

Dry Suit Drysuit Diving Course Thailand Pattaya Aquanauts student Declan's dry suit for his PADI Drysuit Diver course.

Course Director John Taylor does a final check on Aquanauts student (Click to enlarge.)

Drysuits in Thailand? YES! If you’re from the U.K, Europe or anywhere far north (or South for you Aussies & South Africans), Drysuits are a requirement if you want to enjoy diving year-round. But what if you’ve never used one?

Learning drysuit training while you’re freezing is not fun. Why not do the drysuit training in the warm tropical waters of Thailand and then put that training to use back home? Thousands of people do that every year.

Aquanauts, of course, takes out all that sweaty fleece underlining, so you don’t boil, but the principles of dry suit diving are the same. Come, enjoy tropical Thailand diving and go home with skills that will keep you under all year.

What are Drysuits?

Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water. They also let you dive more challenging dive sites, and extend your dive season. When you have the right cold water scuba diving attire, you can stand up to the elements and take advantage of the generally better visibility offered by winter months — especially at inland dive sites such as quarries, lakes, sinkholes and caves etc.

As a drysuit diver, you’re equipped to scuba dive some of the world’s incredible dive sites in the world’s cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a drysuit even in their warmer months.

What You Learn

Gain the knowledge and skills to safely don, dive with, doff and store a drysuit. Get introduced to the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision if considering purchasing a drysuit.

You learn:

  • Drysuit buoyancy control skills
  • Drysuit maintenance, storage and basic repair
  • Undergarment (fleece or overall-type garments worn under the drysuit) options

Practical skills you’ll master in this course are:

  • Dry Suit Familiarization
  • Safety Checks
  • Entry Techniques
  • Bubble Check
  • Buoyancy Check
  • Descent techniques
  • Fin Pivot
  • Hover
  • Excess gas in feet emergency roll drill
  • Stuck inflator emergency drill
  • Stuck exhaust valve emergency drill
  • Ascent procedure· Remove and replace scuba unit and weight belt on the surface
  • Exit techniques· Removal of dry suit, storage and maintenance

Your Next Adventure

Scuba diving with a dry suit is useful when diving many types of dive sites. A dry suit is necessary when ice diving and sometimes while altitude diving.

Many technical divers wear dry suits on almost every dive due to the length of the time spent underwater. The longer the diver is in the water, the more thermal protection is required. If technical diving is something that interests you, check out our Thailand Tech Diving website.

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