PADI Dry Suit Specialty Instructor

The PADI Dry Suit Specialty Instructor Course offered at Rainbow Reef Dive Center is designed to help you the PADI Instructor to expand the potential of your students diving experiences in colder waters.

Why dive dry – simply to stay warm

No one said diving had to be cold or wet. Diving dry is the difference between withstanding the 40°F (4°C) temperature of some waters to enjoy watching a three-inch scallop's beadlike eyes spangle the edges of a brightly colored mantle. It is the difference in witnessing the powerful jaws and massive grinding teeth in a mouth of a wolf eel, hovering-by as a giant octopus propels itself by jetting water past its eight sucker-covered arms, or simply not diving at all. More often than not, in colder waters, dry suit diving can be the difference between experiencing multiple dives in one day or making one chilly wet suit dive and listening to others tell you about what you've missed on the dives you were just too cold to make.

The goal of this course is to teach student divers a systematic, methodical approach to enjoying wreck diving

With this in mind, the philosophy of this course is to focus on comfort diving in a dry suit. Thus, the goal of this course is to show student divers how to consider all factors when comfort diving in a dry suit. The course covers everything from choices of dry suit materials, techniques for controlling buoyancy above and underwater, dressing into and out of a dry suit, to maintenance and repair concerns. Student divers learn to use the most effective and efficient means to extend their underwater adventure into cold water – without getting cold or wet. The best way to learn how to dive in a dry suit is by doing it. This course philosophy therefore, emphasizes comfort diving in a dry suit. Student divers will apply the knowledge they gain by reading the PADI Dry Suit Diver Manual and watching the companion video first in a confined water session, and then on at least two open water dives.

PADI Dry Suit Specialty Instructor Prerequisites

To qualify to teach the PADI Dry Suit Diver course, an individual must be a Teaching status PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or higher. PADI Instructors may apply for the Dry Suit Diver Specialty Instructor rating after completing a Specialty Instructor Training course with a PADI Course Director, or by providing proof of experience and applying directly to PADI. For further detail, contact one of our PADI Course Directors at Rainbow Reef Dive Center.

PADI Dry Suit Specialty Instructor Materials and Equipment

Use the PADI Dry Suit Diver course materials prescriptively to accommodate various sequencing preferences was well as teaching and learning styles.


  • PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course Instructor Guide

  • Specialty equipment needed for student divers to perform routine dry suit maintenance and repair

  • Dry suit manufacturer's recommended repair/patching kit(s) (e.g., talcum powder, zipper lubricant, tooth brush, Aquaseal® and Cotol® curing agent or equivalent, suit patches in different sizes and made from different suit materials, various cement(s) and applicator brush)

  • Other maintenance and repair items (e.g., travel size hair dryer, lead weights, flashlight, china marker or grease pencil, soapy water, and rubber bands/jars/cans/bottles)


  • PADI Dry Suit Diver Manual. Use the student diver manual for detailed content explanation

  • PADI Dry Suit Diver video

  • As needed: accessory weights (to help student divers trim their buoyancy), neck ring (for student divers to try on unsized latex neck seals), neck/wrist seal lubricant and spare parts kit

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