PADI Dry Suit Diver

The PADI Dry Suit Diver course with Academy of Scuba

Never be cold on a dive again!

Dive dry and warm, regardless of water temperature, all year round, in Melbourne and beyond. A drysuit works by sealing off your skin from the water and using a layer of air to insulate your body.

Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often – plus it counts as one of your five specialty courses towards your PADI Master Scuba Diver certification. Scuba diving is fun, and being cold is not, so why waste your investment in learning to dive? Get drysuit certified today and dive whenever you want.


Time is precious, and we want to be in the water doing what we love! That is why we conduct the PADI Dry Suit Diver course to be completed over 1 day. Through a confined water dive and 2 immersive open water dives you will have the necessary skills and the confidence to dive in a drysuit and start diving more often. The most surprising thing for our divers is they learn how easy it is to dive in a drysuit: staying warm, dry and not working too hard? Sounds good to us.


Academy of Scuba is committed to delivering expert teaching tailored to the individual’s needs, so that you gain the skills that will change your diving forever! That’s why we have low instructor to student ratios and great feedback. You will need to have your own drysuit for this course, and ideally your own BCD, so that we can tailor your weighting to the equipment you will always be diving in. Look out for our drysuit trial days through winter for great deals and huge savings!

Explore More

We scuba dive to explore the ocean, and not all of the ocean is warm! Some of the most stunning diving destinations exist in temperate to cold water – Melbourne included – and you will be able to enjoy them to the fullest in a drysuit. Imagine diving and temperature not being an issue! There is a reason why drysuit divers don’t regret their decision: being warm and dry means you dive more frequently, in more varied locations and make the most of your investment in diving.


The Cold Never Bothered Us Anyway

There is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Melbourne has some of the most varied and interesting marine life in Australia, although it is not the warmest water.

You may have already seen divers in dry suits – they’re the ones who don’t appear to be cold, or even wet!

If you want to get the best out of the amazing diving on your doorstep in Melbourne, then diving dry is definitely the way to go. Scuba diving is no fun when you're cold. Simple. So don’t let the cold stop you from enjoying this amazing sport and the beautiful diving Melbourne has to offer: invest in your Melbourne diving by getting a drysuit and you will never go back.

What You Learn

Gain the knowledge and skills to safely put on, dive with, take off and store a dry-suit. Get introduced to the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision if considering purchasing a dry suit.

You will learn:

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

Practical skills you’ll master in this course:

  • Dry Suit Familiarisation & Safety Checks
  • Entry & Exit Techniques
  • Bubble & Buoyancy Checks
  • Descent & Ascent Techniques
  • Fin Pivot Hover
  • Emergency Drills
  • Remove and replace scuba unit and weight belt on the surface
  • Removal of drysuit, storage and maintenance


To enroll in the PADI Dry Suit Diver course you must be:

12 years old and Open Water certified (or Junior OW)

Signed Liability Release and Statement of Safe Diving Practices

Medical Declaration form and Recreational Dive Medical if necessary

For a list of diving doctors please go to

Course Price and Duration


The PADI Peak Dry Suit Course runs over 1 day with 1 confined water and 2 open water dives.

Private Courses are available. Please enquire for further details and pricing.

Course Contents

Home Study

Theory – morning theory review session

Open Water Dives – 1 confined water, 2 shore dives

Equipment Required

Being comfortable and safe when you’re diving is vital. For your Dry Suit course, we ask that you have your own drysuit, mask, snorkel, boots and fins at a minimum. We highly recommend owning your own BCD as well. Academy of Scuba offers equipment packages that save you money and set you up for the rest of your diving life – check them out online!

Equipment hire is available at the standard rates.

Our Team

Academy of Scuba is lucky to have some of the best dive professionals in the business.

Interested in who will be teaching you to scuba dive? Check out our team here!


We highly recommend that you have access to a car for the duration of your course as Academy of Scuba does not offer transportation services currently.


It’s normal to have questions.

Head over to our FAQs page and see if we’ve already answered yours, or get in touch with us today!



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