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PADI Drysuit Diver Course

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About the PADI Drysuit Course


Ready for a fun filled day of action packed drysuit activities? In the PADI drysuit diving course you will learn how to dive in a drysuit safely and effectively, how to deal with common drysuit issues (like floaty legs) and how to control your descents and ascents in a drysuit.


These courses are normally run privately, but can be done as group courses at a reduced price if you sign up with one or more of your dive buddies! In that case, please contact us!


The course is normally run over one full day, so prepare yourself for an exciting day and walk away at the end of a day as a confident and comfortable drysuit diver!

Course Segments

The theory side of this course is delivered through PADI eLearning, so you can start your course today!

The eLearning part of this course generally takes 2-4 hours to complete!

We start the day with a theory review. We normally meet at the pool early in the morning and review the theory and fill out the course paperwork on site.

The pool session is generally just 1-2 hour to get comfortable in your suit and learn the basic ways of operating a drysuit.

The best thing about a drysuit is that you can simply step out of it after the pool session, pack it up and drive straight to the dive site. No need to get changed!

Now that you’re comfortable in your drysuit, you will drive to the ocean with your instructor for ocean dive number 1!

In the ocean, we’ll go through the basics and learn how the drysuit operates at depths. You will find that it’s much easier to control your drysuit in slightly deeper water than it is in the shallows. Because of this Noarlunga is the ideal training site as it has very shallow areas and deeper water!

On the second dive you will practice emergency scenarios with your instructor and go for your first exploratory dive in your drysuit!


Neoprene drysuits keep you warmer, as neoprene works as insulation. A trilam (or quadlam) suit does not, so you will need more or thicker undergarments. Neoprene drysuits are usually much more affordable and if a neoprene drysuit has a (partial) flood, you’ll stay much warmer than in a trilaminate suit. Trilaminate suits allow for more undergarments and in most cases better movement.

Neoprene drysuits operate more like a wetsuit, so most beginning drysuit divers opt for a neoprene drysuit, because they’re easier to learn in and are more affordable.

If you haven’t got a drysuit yet, but would like to get into drysuit diving, visit us in store or see our online store for great deals!

Standard Course Schedule

This course is run over a single day with a quick theory review, a pool session and 2 open water dives. It’s an action packed day that usually runs for about 9 hours, so make sure you’re prepared for a big one! We normally start the day at 8:30AM at the pool and do two ocean dives afterwards. We normally finish the second dive around 5PM!

Things to bring:

  • Certification Card

  • PADI Drysuit Diver eLearning Results

Usual Schedule:

Independent Study(2 – 4 Hours)PADI eLearning
Saturday Morning8:30AM-10:30AMConfined Water (Pool)
Saturday Afternoon11:30AM-5:00PMOcean Dives 1 & 2


PADI eLearning®

Where some dive schools still choose to teach the theory side of the learn to dive course in a traditional classroom setting, Diving Adelaide has chosen for the faster, cost-effective way of teaching the theory via online training. To us, the advantages of e-learning are clear:


  • E-learning provides a single experience that accomodates the three disctinct styles of auditory learners, visual learners and kinesthetic learners, allowing for more efficient training.

  • E-learning is self-paced. Advanced learners are allowed to speed through the theory, while others slow their own progress through content, eliminating frustration with themselves, their fellow learners and the course.

  • E-learning has on-demand availability, which allows the student to complete the training conveniently at off-hours or from home (as a student you can log on and off to do parts of the theory as many times as you want) and doesn’t require the student to travel to training location.

  • E-Learning reduces the learning time on average by 40 to 60 percent, which means the overall time that you will be spending on the theory will most likely be only half of the time you would have spent in a classroom setting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to share your diving experiences with someone close to you or give the gift of endless adventures? You can now easily give the gift of diving with a Gift Voucher!

You can collect a physical gift voucher from the store or simply purchase one through our online store from the comfort of your home.

The online gift voucher will be delivered via email and can be redeemed online.

Online Gift Vouchers

To sign up for the PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty Course, you need a minimum of PADI Open Water Diver Course (or equivalent).

Have you completed your Open Water Diver certification with a different agency? PADI recognise most other training agencies, such as SSI or RAID, so you can simply cross over to the PADI system by booking onto this course. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We have taught the youngest kids all the way up to 70 years old to dive, so don’t think you need to be superfit to participate in this course!

There are no waterman skills (swims or floats) to complete before the course, but you have to be comfortbale in the water of course and be able to carry the equipment (including a tank and weights).

All participants need to fill out a dive medical questionnaire before the course. Simply follow the steps on the form to determine whether you will need clearance to start your course. We recommend SPUMS Diving Dr Anne Sampson from Hallett Cove for dive medical (Mobile: 0418 803 250).

The minimum number of participants for us to run the PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty Course is just one, as this course is usually taught as a private course!

The minimum age to do this course with us is just 12 years old.

Whether you’re sick, got COVID19, need to isolate, haven’t completed the PADI eLearning in time or can’t make the proposed course dates anymore, you can reschedule at any time before or during the course for any reason.

To reschedule, we will charge a small rescheduling fee of $99. As soon as a course spot is booked, we reserve a pool, a company van and book in an instructor for your course. The rescheduling fee will be used to cover his costs.

The theory for the PADI Drysuit Diver Course is delivered through PADI eLearning. The eLearning is included in the course fee.

The theory for this course takes approximately 2 – 4 hours to complete. 

The main thing to remember is that we are going to get wet anyway, so if it rains a little that is totally fine (you will be nice and warm in your new drysuit).

However, we are of course dependent on the weather, with the wind and swell being the main factors that determine whether we can go diving safely. If the weather forecast predicts large swells or high winds, we may have to transfer the course to a different weekend. We always keep an eye on the weather forecast and will notify you beforehand if we expect this to be the case!

The PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty Course is normally run over 1 day with a quick theory review, a pool session and 2 ocean dives in one day.

Please block a full day in your agenda for the day. Exact times and the dive site will be confirmed by your instructor on the course. 

Any dive centre around the world will recognise your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course certification card. PADI is the largest certification agency in the world with more than 6000 dive centres worldwide.


Even if you end up diving somewhere in the world with a non-PADI dive centre, they will recognise your certification.

Most drysuit divers have all their own equipment, but if you need any rental gear, we’re happy to provide it for the duration of the course at no cost. 

Please note we do not have drysuits in our rental fleet, so you will require your own drysuit to do this course.

Once you have succesfully completed the PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty Course, you will have gained the experience to dive confidently and comfortably in a drysuit and stay dry on your dives anywhere in the world!

You will be added to the Diving Adelaide newsletter, where we announce our (free) social shore dives for ex-students and our weekends away, interstate and international dive trips and so much more!

You can join any of the dive clubs in Adelaide as well. Many dive clubs run boat dives for just $25 for a single dive or $35 for 2 dives!

Keen to take the next step? You’re now one step closer to achieving the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating! This rating is achieved by completing your core courses (open water, advanced open water and rescue diver) as well as 5 specialty and completing a minimum of 50 dives!

Most people will have completed their advanced course before taking the drysuit diver specialty. In that case, we recommend taking the PADI Rescue Diver Course next, which is designed in a way that you can sign up for it straight after your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course. The course runs over just 1 weekend (or 2 weekdays)! During the rescue course you will learn how to prevent and handle diving emergencies and become a more competent diver and dive buddy.

Booking Terms & Conditions

No shows, cancellations and transfers

  1. If you cancel your course on or within 7 days of the start date of the course, no refund will be given.
  2. If you cancel your course 7+ days before the start date, a cancellation fee of $99 will apply. Please note the PADI Drysuit Diver eLearning ($125) of this course is non-refundable.
  3. If you fail to attend your course without notification, no refund will be given.
  4. You may reschedule your course before the course starts at any time and for any reason (including sickness, not completing eLearning in time and  COVID-19 related issues such as isolation). A $99 rescheduling fee will apply.
  5. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions on the dive medical questionnaire, clearance to dive by a SPUMS dive doctor will have to be provided at the start of the course (stating you are fit to dive unconditionally). Failure to do so will result in a $99 rescheduling fee.
  6. You may transfer the course to someone else at no charge before the start of the course. Please note the PADI eLearning portion of this course ($125) may be transferrable, but if already redeemed, will need to be purchased again.
  7. All instructions are provided in English only. You are required to be proficient in English. Other students cannot translate on behalf of your instructor (no translation services can be used).
  8. If you fail to complete the course during the scheduled times, a $99 rescheduling fee will be payable to complete the course at a later date.
  9. Failure to adhere to all of the pre-course requirements found on the course overview page (including completion of any online training) will result in cancellation of the course. No refund will be given and rebooking will be at full cost.
  10. You need to be comfortable in the water and have dived in recent years. If you’re not comfortable in the water or are not sure, please contact us beforehand or book a Refresher Course first. Failure to do so may result in course cancellation without refund and rebooking will be at full cost.
  11. Courses must be completed within 90 days of the original start date.
  12. Under 18’s must have a parental waiver signed by parent/guardian on or before the start day of the course.
  13. All fees are per person.
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