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PADI Drysuit Diver

Drysuits let you dive more challenging dive sites and extend your dive season. When you have the right equipment and thermal protection you can stand up to the elements and take advantage of the better visibility generally offered by winter months, especially at inland dive sites such as quarries and lakes. As a drysuit diver you are equipped to visit some incredible dive sites in the world’s cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a drysuit even in the warmer months.

If you have completed your diver training abroad, especially in the tropics, you probably used a wetsuit during your open water training dives. If you are looking to continue your diving now you are back home then the PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty may be just what you are looking for. It is definately the quickest option to get you diving again and a necessity if you want to dive over the winter months or hire and dive in a drysuit in the future.

To Start

How do I get started?

As with all of the diving education programmes at Aquasport you start with the training materials. A deposit of £50 is required to book your PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty. We will provide you with the PADI Drysuit Diver manual for you to read prior to the start of your training.


What will I do?

During your programme you will practice the following:

  • Drysuit buoyancy control skills
  • Drysuit maintenance, storage and basic repair
  • Undergarment (fleece or overall-type garments worn under the drysuit) options
  • Experience in planning, organizing and making at least two drysuit dives under the supervision of your PADI Instructor

You will have one and a half days of intense drysuit diver training to complete. In our fully equipped multi-media classrooms you will learn not only how to dive in a drysuit, but also how to extend the life of your drysuit with proper care and maintenance.

You will put into practice what you learn in a combination of skills in two open water training dives.


How long will it take?

The PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty takes place over one weekend. Starting on the Friday evening you will complete the theory sections from the PADI Drysuit Diver manual.

You will also complete a drysuit orientation dive in our on site training pool.

The Saturday will cover all the practical sessions during your two open water training dives.

You can arrange with your instructor to continue to gain experience on the Sunday by using the equipment from the programme to do some more diving before handing it back in on the Sunday afternoon. The extra days equipment hire is included in the cost of your programme.


What will I need?

The PADI Open Water Diver certification or equivalent is the prerequisite for the PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty.

All standard scuba equipment requirements are included in the price.

You will need to fill out a self certification medical statement. If you have any medical conditions you think may prevent you from scuba diving please feel free to contact us and we will try to be of assistance.


PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty £145.

A £50 deposit is required when you book your programme with Aquasport. Balance of payment is due two weeks prior to the start of your training.


Starting on Friday evenings at 6.30pm and continuing on Saturday and Sunday for the experience dives.

Courses starting montlhy. Call the centre for the latest course information on 0121 706 6628 or email info@aquasportonline.com

Where To?

Where can I go from here?

Once you have completed your PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty you can dive all year round. Most wrecks around the UK are situated in deeper, colder water, so now you can dive in a drysuit, maybe you can visit these if your next step is the PADI Deep Diver Specialty, PADI Wreck Diver Specialty and the PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty.

Once you have completed five PADI specialties and your PADI Rescue Diver and have 50 logged dives you hold all the prerequisites for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. This is the highest non-professional rating in the PADI system of diver education.

Here at Aquasport all of our Instructors hold this level of recreational certification. We recommend that every diver takes this route regardless of their further ambitions as we see it as a commitment to education and a real achievement.

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