Drysuit Diver

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.

Drysuit Diver

Dates

2017 Courses

AUG 22 AUG 26 Schedule Register
SEP 26 Oct 1 Schedule Register
Oct 17 Oct 22 Schedule Register

2018 Courses

Jan 09 Jan 20 Schedule Register
Jan 30 Feb 10 Schedule Register
Feb 20 Mar 03 Schedule Register
Apr 10 Apr 21 Schedule Register
Jun 05 Jun 09 Schedule Register
Jun 26 Jul 08 Schedule Register
Aug 21 Aug 25 Schedule Register
Sep 11 Sep 22 Schedule Register
Oct 02 Oct 13 Schedule Register
Oct 30 Nov 03 Schedule Register
Nov 20 Dec 01 Schedule Register

Need a different schedule. Just ask - we will do our best to accommodate! We will offer this course with a minimum of two students.

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Curriculum

Course Curriculum

Before the Program Begins

When you sign up for the course, we'll make arrangements for you to come into the store to pick up your student package which includes your learning material. At that time, we will also review the Required Forms and get you fitted for gear. We encourage you to pick up your student package at least 14 days before your course begins as you will want to complete the learning material prior to your first classroom session.

Class Session

We host the classroom session(s) at the store, prior to your ocean dives. You must have completed your knowledge reviews along with any other required course forms prior to your first classroom session. This is also a good opportunity to purchase any required gear for the course that you may not already own. Finally, if you haven't been fitted for gear or made your rental booking for your dives, we can take care of this during the classroom session. Classroom sessions typically run from 7pm to 9pm, however, you should check the specific course schedule for your program.

Pool Session

After your classroom session, we head off to our local pool to put some of your new skills to use. It is especially important that your medical documentation is completed prior to your pool session. Students who arrive with incomplete medical documentation may not be able to participate in the pool session and may be subject to additional fees for a make up session. Please discuss any concerns with our store staff well before your first in-water training session. You will need to be able to transport yourself and your gear to the pool, which is about a 5 minute drive away. Pool sessions typically run from 9pm to 11pm, however, you should check the specific course schedule for your program.

Rental Gear Pick Up

While most rental gear is included in our programs, you will still need to make a gear booking to ensure that you get the specific gear and sizes you require for your course. The earlier you make this booking, the easier it is to accommodate your needs. In addition, you will need to pick up your gear, the day prior to your ocean dives. We do not transport gear to the site. We are open on Fridays from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

Ocean Dives

Finally, you are ready to head to the ocean! You will complete your dives at one of our local training sites. Meet time is typically 8am at the dive site, however, you should confirm this with your instructor at the classroom session.

At the site, you will be assembling and disassembling your own equipment before, after and between dives. Each dive is briefed and debriefed and logged and lasts between 45 minutes and an hour. The day is usually wrapping up by late afternoon and we return to the shop each day to complete our log books and change tanks or put away gear.

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Gear

What gear will you need?

We Provide:
  • PADI Manual
  • Use of basic scuba gear including drysuit, hood, boots, BCD, regulator set, tanks and weights.
You Provide:
Personal Gear Safety Gear Specialty Kit
  • mask
  • snorkel
  • fins
  • gloves
  • knife
  • dive computer
  • whistle
  • compass
  • surface marker
  • undergarments
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Prerequisites

Course Prerequisites

You will need to have your Open Water Diver or be currently enrolled in Open Water Course or Advanced Course.

PADI courses are progressive and build on your previous dive experience. For all of our PADI courses, we require that you have recent diving experience to enroll. To determine if you need additonal experience, select the option below which best describes your dive history:

I have been diving in the last six months.

Great. You are ready to join us on this course.

I have been diving but it was between six and twelve months ago.

No problem! During the pool orientation you will get a chance to brush up your skills. Your instructor will evaluate your techniques and let you know if you are ready for the ocean or if you need a bit more practise first. In which case we offer refresher courses.

It's been more than a year since I have been in the water.

We understand! Come out and get Reactivated!

I'd like to speak to someone about the best way to get ready for this course.

That's why we are here. Just call and we will help you choose the right first steps.

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Forms

Ocean Pro Divers Difference

Undergarment Upgrade

You will need to wear a comfortable set of undergarments under your drysuit - you should wear a base layer to wick any moisture away from your body and a heavy layer of fleece or other thermal wear on top. Wool socks are a must!Stay away from cotton and denim in nature.

Ocean Pro Divers is the only Fourth Element Test Centre in British Columbia offering the full range of Fourth Element undergarments in store. We currently offer the Halo 3D as part of our test program.

Rent a Halo 3D for only $20. This will be deducted from the subsequent purchase of a new Fourth Element undergarment set on production of the receipt.

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. 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.

Your Next Adventure

Scuba diving with a dry suit is useful when diving many types of dive sites. Here in British Columbia, you will find most active divers dive in a drysuit.

Many technical divers wear dry suits 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.

Course Fee: $300