Drysuit Specialty for Open Water Students

You have a unique opportunity to complete your Drysuit Specialty program during your Open Water Course. Just let your instructor know if you would like to sign up!

Gain the knowledge and skills to safely don, dive with, doff and store a dry-suit. Get introduced to the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision if considering purchasing a dry suit.

Drysuit Diver


This option is offered in conjunction with your Open Water Diver course. On the fifth night of your training, you will complete a drysuit orientation in the pool.

On your Open Water dive weekend, we will complete an extra dive (five dives total) so that you can earn your Drysuit Specialty certification.


Drysuit Upgrade 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.

Class and Pool Sessions

You will complete a class and pool session where we focus on drysuit use. You will learn how to put on and take off your drysuit as well as how to manage your bouyancy. This class is part of your regular Open Water course training schedule.

Ocean Dives

The PADI Open Water course requires 4 training dives in the ocean. You will complete a 5th dive to complete your Drysuit Specialty course. This dive occurs on the same weekend as your Open Water course dives.


What gear will you need?

We Provide:
  • Use of all gear included in the Open Water Diver course
  • Drysuit, hood, boots
You Supply:
  • Undergarments - Staying warm in a drysuit is dependant on both the drysuit and the undergarments you choose. Talk to us about what you should wear under your drysuit.

Course Prerequisites

This option is only available to students currently enrolled in Open Water Course.

We also offer Drysuit Training for Advanced Students and an independant Drysuit Specialty Course.


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 as they are not good insulating materials.

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.

Full Certification Course

Some dive centres may offer a drysuit orientation only and not the full certification course. This can create issues when you try to rent a drysuit at another facility. We believe that your training should be comprehensive and that you should receive the full certification you have earned.

Free Equipment Rental

We offer a free one day Equipment Rental to all of our new Open Water students. When you take your Drysuit Specialty course with us - we upgrade your rental to include the Drysuit. This has an additional $50 value!

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: Already included in the OpenWater Price