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.

The Fun Part

Dry suits 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 dry suit 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 dry suit even in their warmer months.

What You Learn

Gain the knowledge and skills to safely don, dive with, doff 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

  • Excess gas in feet emergency roll drill

  • Stuck exhaust valve emergency drill

  • Bubble Check

  • Buoyancy Check

  • Descent techniques

  • Ascent procedure

  • Remove and replace scuba unit and weight belt on the surface

  • Fin Pivot

  • Hover

  • Stuck inflator emergency drill

  • Exit techniques

  • Removal of dry suit, storage and maintenance

The Scuba Gear

You use cold water scuba diving equipment including a dry suit

The Learning Materials

The PADI Dry Suit Diving crewpak (DVD and manual) is the owner’s guide you didn’t get with your dry suit. Topics include :

  • Basic dry suit repairs

  • How to pack a dry suit to prevent damage

  • Maintenance tips

Additionally, the course materials preview skills and activities you’ll practice in the PADI Dry Suit Specialty course, including :

  • Handling and avoiding potential problems

  • Buoyancy control

To purchase this product, contact your local PADI Instructor, dive shop or resort

How Long Will it Take?

An evening in our classroom and 2 dives at a local dive site

What’s Included?

  • Supervision by a PADI pro

  • All Course Materials

  • Certification Card

There are a few requirements

You must be :

  • A PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another training organization)

  • At least 10 years old

  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months. If you need to get in touch with a doctor then see our dive Doctors list below - they will be more than happy to help

The Cost – Just £125

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How To book?

Booking with Bolton Area Divers is easy. Start now by booking onto one of our scheduled courses. You can do this by :

  • Email –

  • Phone – 01204 394441

  • Or in person – pop in for a brew and a chat. See our contact page for directions to our Dive Centre

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 the Discover Tec Diving experience


Medical Questionnaire

Speciality Courses Fact Sheet

Bolton Area Divers Dive Doctor List

Dr Tim Fitzimons (Liverpool). Tel : 0151 228 9101. Website :
Dr Kath Birkinshaw (Bolton). Tel : 08444 771751.

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