Dry Suit Course
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Why train with us?
Our retail centre is located on Queen Street in Leslieville, Toronto.
Our training pool is only 1km from our retail centre in Leslieville.
Our Caledon training pool is located at Southfields Community Centre Pool, 225 Dougall Avenue, Caledon, L7C 3M7
We are a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, offering the full PADI range of courses.
Classroom and eLearning options.
We have our own in-house TICO certified travel agency, ScubaGetaway.
We teach children 10 years and older.
Diving courses available year-round.
Private courses available.
Passionate team of Instructors and Divemasters who love to teach.
Pool training takes place at the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre in Leslieville, just a short 1km from our retail location. Open water training takes place at Humber Bay Park West (or occasionally Gulliver’s Lake).
Want to stay warm? Want to extend your scuba diving season? Then dive dry. A dry suit seals you off from the water and keeps you comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water. There is incredible diving in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often.
If you’re a certified Open Water Diver, you can enroll in the PADI Dry Suit Diver specialty course. If you’re also looking to complete your Advanced Open Water certification, consider our Advanced Cold-Water Combination Course. The Dry Suit Diver specialty course counts towards the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.
What You Will Learn
The first thing you’ll discover is which dry suit style and accompanying undergarments are right for you and the diving you’ll do. Then you’ll learn how to take care of your dry suit. During two dives, in addition to a confined water (pool) dive, you’ll practice:
- Putting on and taking off your dry suit with minimal assistance
- Mastering buoyancy control using your dry suit
- Dive safety procedures when using a dry suit.
The Dry Suit specialty course is one of TSC’s most challenging courses, due to the conditions we typically experience during the training dives. We may encounter surface waves, low visibility and cold water temperatures. Additionally, dry suit diving requires wearing more weight than wetsuit diving (24-34 lbs is common). As such, TSC’s prerequisites include:
- PADI Open Water diver
- Good buoyancy skills (to be validated during the pool training session)
- Logged dives in the last 6 months, or completed a scuba refresher with TSC
- 18 years or older
The TSC Dry Suit certification course fee includes use of our training pools, instruction, use of a dry suit, hood/gloves, tanks and weights, and PADI Dry Suit Diver specialty certification card. Students are required to have their own mask and snorkel for this course.
BCD, regulators and dive computers are available to rent. Students who have their own BCD are often more comfortable learning to use the dry suit because they are more familiar with their gear.
Our rental dry suits range in size from small to x-large. Sizes are limited, so we may need to reschedule the course if your dry suit size is not available on your requested course date. Due to the wide range of sizes students may be asked to provide thermal undergarments for warmth in open water.