Dry suits can make diving more enjoyable any time water temperatures drop below the mid 70s — and are essential in water below 60°F, or when depths approach 100 feet and beyond. Dry suits open the door to activities such as deeper wreck diving and ice diving, and can extend your diving season well beyond just the warmest months of the year.
Safely using dry suits, however, requires special training. That’s where the Just Add Water Dry Suit Diver specialty course comes in.
Among the many things you will learn as part of this program:
- Dry Versus Wet: How dry suits keep you warm in ways no wet suit can ever hope to match.
- Dry Suits and Accessories: A comprehensive guide to dry suit features and materials, as well as to undergarments, hoods, boots, gloves and other accessories that are unique to dry suit use.
- Using Dry Suits: How to plan and organize dry suit dives, as well as to the specialized procedures for donning dry suits, ascents and descents, and buoyancy control under water (as well as what to do when the unexpected happens).
- Dry Suit Care and Maintenance: Getting the most from your investment in a dry suit.
Students must meet the following prerequisites:
- Be certified the Open Water Diver level (or equivalent)
- Be at least 12 years of age.
- Be able to answer No to all questions on the PADI/RSTC Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval for diving prior to the start of the course
What is Involved?
The course consists of two parts:
- Classroom/Pool Training: This is where you gain a basic understanding of what dry suit diving is all about, and get to develop many of the basic skills that are essential for this activity.
- Open Water Training: Here, over the course of two dives, you apply that knowledge and skills you developed in the classroom and pool, and refine them under real-world diving conditions. Successfully completing both open-water training dives qualifies you for PADI Dry Suit Diver certification.
Except as noted, classroom sessions take place either at our Willoughby or Fairview Park locations. The pool session is held at the same time and place as our regular Saturday beginning course pool dives. Locally conducted open-water training dives generally take place at White Star Quarry.
When Can You Start?
Starting and ending times, as well as dates and times for pool and open-water training, will vary by location.
- Call for upcoming course dates
Please Note: While we make every effort to ensure that the information appearing on our website is accurate and up-to-date, it is your responsibility to call Just Add Water at least 24 hours in advance to confirm date, time and meeting place.
The course fee is $223 and includes:
- Drysuit Diver manual
- Pool session
- Open water dives
- Certification card
Students are also responsible for supplying the following:
- Mask, snorkel, fins.
- Dry suit.*
- One cylinder per dive, per day.
- Weight system, weights.
- Buoyancy Control Device (BCD).
- Regulator/alternate air source.
- Depth gauge/timer or computer.
- Audible surface signal.
- Surface signal (safety tube).
- Cutting tool.
*Dry suit with appropriate undergarments and accessories (available for purchase or rental from Just Add Water).
How Do You Sign Up?
Just call or visit either Just Add Water location.