Drysuit Training

The importance of proper training in the use of a drysuit cannot be over emphasised.

Like all pieces of equipment, a drysuit should be first tried in a controlled and safe environment. Above all, READ THE MANUAL!

The following organisations can help you with all aspects of your diving skills and also run specialist drysuit courses.

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The Drysuit Diver Speciality course is intended as a safe, supervised introduction to drysuit diving. The Drysuit course will familiarise divers with the skills, knowledge, procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of diving with a drysuit. You’ll learn how to master buoyancy control with a drysuit, how to look after your drysuit and much more. If your planning to dive in the UK then a Drysuit is a must!

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The SAA runs a number of national courses open to members. These are in addition to the standard club-based courses, such as the standard diver grades, Nitrox, etc. If you are interested in more information, please speak to your DO or Regional Representative.

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  • Theory Lessons 1 & 2
    • Lecture 1: drysuits and equipment
    • Lecture 2: drysuit diving techniques
  • Sheltered Water Lesson 3
  • Using a drysuit
    • Dressing and seals
    • Kit up & buddy checks
    • Buoyancy checks in standing depth
    • Surface swims with varying degrees of inflation
  • Underwater
    • Buoyancy and trim
    • Head first and feet first descents
    • Inversion/blow up drills
    • Forward roll to head up position
    • Quick disconnect of inflator hose
  • Surface
    • Over-inflate to blow seals
    • Recovery using BC
  • Diver rescue
    • Controlled self ascent using drysuit
    • CBL buddy using drysuit
  • Open Water Lesson 4
  • Drysuit dive experience
  • Trainee ODs
    • Skills integrated into all OD OW lessons
  • Ocean Divers
    • Completed SO1 diver rescue lesson using a drysuit
  • Sports Divers and above
    • Dive to max 15m demonstrating full drysuit control

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