Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course


A-1’s Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course

Why take this course?

Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Would you like to see the spectacular and prolific aquatic life often found in cooler water climates? If so, you’ll need to stay warm and that means a dry suit. Yes! Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm! Even in surprisingly cold water.

Drysuits let you dive into more challenging dive sites, and extend your dive season. When you have the right cold water 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’ll Learn

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What will I do?

  • Complete a pool dive (required for those who have never used a dry suit). During the pool session, you’ll learn a number of skills including putting on and removing a dry suit, various buoyancy control skills, proper ways to ascend/descend, scuba and weight system adjustments, and more.
  • Complete two open water dives.
  • During your open water dives you will learn:
    • The planning, organization, procedures, techniques, problems, and hazards of dry suit diving
    • Dry Suit buoyancy control skills
    • Ascent and descent technique training
    • Preventative maintenance and performance checks on dry suits

Prerequisites and Forms

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  • Show proof of being an SSI Referral diver, Open Water diver or hold an equivalent certification from another recognized training agency.
    • Unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in the program without showing the A-1 professional proof of certification and presenting the following (completed and signed) documents.
    • While you may register for the specialty course as a Referral Diver, you must complete your open water certification dives before you can complete any specialty course dives.
  • Be at least 12 years old
  • Have a MySSI account.  Be sure to upload a digital photo to your account and enter a complete address. (You’ll need this in order to access your online learning material.)

The A-1 instructor will collect the following (completed) documents at the beginning of the first session.  Unfortunately, participants will not be able to continue until the instructor has reviewed them for accuracy.

  • Required Course Documents
  • SSI Dry Suit Diver Training Record
  • Aquarium Scuba Diving Waiver (if you are diving at the Aquarium)
  • The RSTC Diver Medical/Participant Questionnaire Form is extremely important.
  • If you answer YES to questions 3, 5, or 10 on page 1 of the Diver Medical form or to ANY of the questions on page 2, you will need to sign and date the Participant’s Signature on page 1 AND take all three pages of the Participant Questionnaire and Physician’s Evaluation Form to your physician for a medical evaluation. Your physician must approve, date, and sign the form to include an MD or DO with their signature.  We are not permitted to accept the signature of a PA or Nurse Practitioner.
  • There are two questions related to COVID-19 – If you answer them with a YES, “A PHYSICIAN’S MEDICAL EVALUATION IS REQUIRED.”  You must make sure the physician signing the form checks the “Approval” box on page three of the form and adds their medical credential MD or DO after their name. There are NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Unfortunately, we’ll not be able to begin the water session until all of the documents have been completed, collected and reviewed for accuracy.

Dry Suit Diver


You have three great options from which to choose

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Course Includes:

  • 1 Pool dive and skills review in the A-1 pool
  • Use of scuba equipment for pool session and open water dives (except dry suit)
  • Use of snorkeling equipment for pool session (we recommend you use your own if you have it)
  • 2 dives at the Downtown Aquarium
  • Entry to all Aquarium exhibits
  • (1) day pass to the aquarium ($22.99 value)

Does not include:

  • Use of drysuit (must have your own)
  • Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, booties) for open water dives. You will need to provide these.
  • Parking at the Downtown Aquarium
  • Swimsuit, towel and personal hygiene items
Click to view includes and excludes at Chatfield

Course Includes:

  • 1 Pool dive and skills review in the A-1 pool
  • 2 Open Water training dives
  • Use of scuba equipment for pool session (except dry suit)
  • Use of snorkeling equipment for pool session (we recommend you use your own if you have it)
  • Tanks and weights for open water dives

Does not include:

  • Use of drysuit (must have your own)
  • Scuba Equipment (BCD, Regulator, Gauges). These items can be rented.
  • Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, booties) for open water dives. You will need to provide these.
  • Swimsuit, towel and personal hygiene items
  • Park permit, transportation, lodging or meals
Click to view includes and excludes at Blue Hole

Course Includes:

  • 1 Pool dive and skills review in the A-1 pool
  • 2 Open Water training dives
  • Use of scuba equipment for pool session (except dry suit)
  • Use of snorkeling equipment for pool session (we recommend you use your own if you have it)
  • Tanks and weights for open water dives

Does not include:

  • Use of drysuit (must have your own)
  • Scuba Equipment (BCD, Regulator, Gauges). These items can be rented.
  • Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, booties) for open water dives. You will need to provide these.
  • Swimsuit, towel and personal hygiene items

AQUARIUM
$550
At the Denver Downtown Aquarium
$550 Course fee for private instruction. $495 for 2 - 3 people
CHATFIELD
$315
Close and convenient at the Chatfield gravel pond
BLUE HOLE
$315
At the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, NM
E-KIT ONLY
$75
Digital Online Materials
  • Dry Suit Course digital online manual
  • Free updates for life
  • Free digital online Snorkel Diver manual
  • Free digital online Try Freediving manual
  • Free digital online Try Scuba manual
  • Free digital Blue Oceans program