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PADI Drysuit Diver

Diving in Wisconsin DOES last all year!

A dry suit is your year round ticket to extremely cool adventure. Whether you want to explore the historic wrecks in Lake Michigan, venture through underwater forests in a quarry, or cruise through incredibly clear water under the ice - dry suit diving extends your diving environment beyond the limitations of a wetsuit. More dive sites, different marine life, longer dives, and especially in Wisconsin, a longer dive season are just a few of the advantages when you dive dry.

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It’s not difficult to dive in a dry suit, though it differs from diving in a wetsuit in many respects. You have more choices in materials in dry suits than wetsuits, and you use different techniques for weighting and buoyancy control. You put on and remove a dry suit differently than a wetsuit, and you have different maintenance and repair concerns. The PADI Dry Suit Diver course introduces you to all of these.

The class begins on land where the students have a chance to handle a dry suit and examine the different materials used in wetsuit production. Also at this point the students learn maintenance testing and repair techniques.

During the confined water training students practice properly donning a dry suit, and will learn what the mysterious fifth hose connects to. In a controlled enviroment the students will get a chance to practice descents and ascents along with some buoyancy control techniques.

During the open water dives students learn to perfect their buoyancy control under the supervision of an instructor.

Don’t miss out on the great visibility during the cold months here in Wisconsin. With the PADI Dry Suit Diver course you can extend your diving season to year round.


In the classroom section of the course, you will be exposed to a variety of subject matter related to Dry Suit Diving. Some of the lecture topics will include:

  • Dry Suit Construction
  • Dry Suit Undergarments
  • Dry Suit Diving Techniques
  • Dry Suit Maintenance
  • Open Water Dive Planning

Open Water Dives

Divers will complete two open water dives over the course of one day.

Course Options

The PADI Dry Suit Diver course is available for home study. Participants must complete knowledge reviews and view a video presentation. Participants then complete two open water dives.

Prerequisites and Requirements

Students must have the following for class:

  • Be 12 years of age or older
  • Own equipment to include mask, fins, BCD, regulator, and tank. This equipment is available for rent if not already owned by the diver.
  • PADI student folder on file
  • Diversions' Student Agreement on file
  • All knowledge reviews completed

Course Fees

Please contact us for the most current pricing.

Course Availability

Courses are offered on a regular basis and upon request. Please review our calendar and then contact us.

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