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DRY SUIT DIVER The Padi Dry Suit Diver Course

The PADI Dry Suit Diver course with ACADEMY OF SCUBA

Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry. Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water.

COURSE PRICE & DURATION: $275 / 1 Day Buy Course Online PREREQUISITES: 12 years old and Open Water certified (or Junior OW) Diving Medical- subject to medical questionairre.  Liabitlity release, safe diving practices statement of understanding need to be filled out. COURSE CONTENTS: Home study Morning of theory 2 Shore dives Combined confined water session EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: All students must supply thier own Snorkelling equipment and Drysuit. Helping out students get professionally fitted.  It is best to have your own equipment at this stage of your diving.  talk to us about our equipment packages. LINKS: Diving Doctors

Almost a Must In Melbounre

A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water. There is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often.

Melbourne's waters, whilst not the warmest in Australia, are some of the most varied and interesting in the country.  You've probably already seen divers on the boats in dry suits - they're the ones who immediately after the dive undo the tops of their suits and 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. 

Apart from the warmth when you are diving people also wear drysuits for the post dive or in between chill factor.  Because you are dry you dont feel that wind cut through your suit.  Diving is all about enjoyment of this wonderful sport.  If you are cold the gloss will be taken away.  We equate it going to the snow.  If youre cold then you need to layer up or invest in the right layer so that you keep warm.  It is no different in diving.  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 learn:

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

Practical skills you’ll master in this course:

  • 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

For all your learning materials and equipment, contact ACADEMY OF SCUBA.

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.  Technical divers in Melbourne will almost always be in a dry suit 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 the Discover Tec Diving experience.

For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the ACADEMY OF SCUBA Team members.


To start this course, you will need to complete a divers medical questionnaire. If you have any 'yes' answers, you'll need to book a recreational diving medical with a diving doctor. These can be found here.