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DRY SUIT DIVER INFORMATION - Your certification card will allow you to purchase or rent a dry suit without having to complete proof of experience! CALL US. WE JUST NEED TO SCHEDULE THE 2-HOUR CLASS AND POOL TIME! CALL 845-255-7446.

     A diver wishing to do the Advanced Dry Suit Dive, or the Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course must bring the following items to Deep-Six on the day(s) of the dive:

1. Garments for the upper body: The more air the better. You will need at least 3 long-sleeved sweatshirts, or 1 long-sleeved sweatshirt and a thick wool sweater. A cotton tee shirt would be good to wear under the others to absorb sweat.

2. Garments for the lower body: Sweatpants and long pants. If you have long underwear that is a thermal-type that would help. Cotton socks and wool socks.

3. If you own your own: A wet suit hood, wet suit gloves, mask, ankle weights, and a large pair of fins.

4. Food for between dives including a hot drink. A PBJ sandwich or 2 is ideal.

5. A Thermos filled with hot water for pouring into your gloves to warm the hands.

6. Warm clothes for post dive in case the diving clothes get wet.

7. Your up-to-date LOG BOOK!

PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course Requirements:

The Dry Suit vs. The Wet Suit

Historic dry suits

Superior thermal protection - Argon (hype?) - See Fred Calhoun's article from NAUI Sources First Quarter 2007 below!

Weather is less of a factor with dry suits

Standing up in shallow water

Fit is not as important

Compression with depth - thermal loss vs. squeeze and blowing up



Bulk and moving through the water

Water getting inside

Finding and repairing leaks

Weights needed - distribution

Zippers - types and lubrication (no silicone spray)

Hoods - attached and unattached

Carotid Sinus Reflex

Care of boots

Care of rubber cuffs and neck seal, repair and fit



Types of Dry Suits

Neoprene foam

Coated fabric (polyurethane)

Crushed neoprene


Controlling Buoyancy

Valves and their operation (Manual vs. automatic)

Excess air or dropped weight belt - emergency dump - flare

Leg air

Ankle weights

Flooding - chilling and loss of buoyancy

BCD is still essential

Making sure the buddy is familiar with the suit


Make up the weight system

Donn underwear and dry suit

Buoyancy check

Prevention of suit squeeze

Fin pivot

Disconnect and reconnect the inflator hose

Hovering for 1 minute

Neutrally buoyant ascent

Inflator and deflator open while maintaining neutral buoyancy

Leg air turn over

Remove and replace the weight belt on the surface

Remove and replace the scuba on the surface

Open-Water Dives (Maximum depth is 60')

Safety stop


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