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PADI DRY SUIT SPECIALTY SCUBA COURSE CAPE TOWN - INTRODUCTION

Are you one of those people who get cold very easily? Is it the cold that often prevents you from making repetitive dives and missing out on the fun? Or do you just want to make your diving experience to be more comfortable and extend your scuba dive times? Then the PADI Dry Suit Speciality is definitely for you!

Being able to scuba dive in a Dry Suit expands your horizons immensely. Your list of travel destinations broaden and it adds to the comfort that you feel on a dive enabling you to scuba dive for longer in colder water and enjoy it!

This speciality allows you to experience take the chill out of diving in cold water, and to put the fun back into it.

Quick overview of the PADI Dry Suit Specialty Scuba Course in Cape Town

  • You must have your PADI Open Water certification
  • Duration: 3 dives (minimum 2 days)
  • Minimum age: 12
  • The course will take place over two days where the first day will be spent in the pool or doing one confined water dive. The second day will consist of two open water dives where you will learn the techniques of dry suit diving.
  • Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, towel, warm undergarment to wear under your dry suit and a snack to eat.

PADI DRY SUIT SPECIALTY SCUBA COURSE OUTLINE

We meet each morning at the Into the Blue shop in Cape Town as our central starting point. Here we do registration, theory and we also get your scuba equipment. Meeting times are normally at 09:15. You can expect to be finished between 3 and 6 in the afternoon, depending on where we are diving on the day. Your course includes both theory and practical aspects in the course, this consists of:

Scuba Theory

There are two theory elements to this course:

  • Participants have to watch the PADI Dry Suit Diving DVD
  • Participants have to read PADI Dry Suit Diving Manual, and complete and review the Knowledge Reviews.

Practical

  • Confined water:
    • Evaluating equipment and kitting up with a dry suit
    • Dry suit diving skills
  • Open Water dive one:
    • Neutral Buoyancy control
    • Do a fun scuba dive!
  • Open Water Dive two:
    • Disconnecting and reconnecting the low-pressure inflator hose from dry suit
    • Do a fun scuba dive!
    • Neutrally buoyant assent

PADI DRY SUIT SPECIALTY COURSE – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Do you provide a dry suit or must we have our own?
    We have a limited number of dry suits, so if we have your size you can rent one, however if we don’t have your size you will need to acquire your own.

  2. How deep do we scuba?
    For this diving speciality course you won’t scuba dive deeper than 18m.

  3. Does it keep you completely dry?
    No it doesn’t keep you completely dry, your face and hands are not covered by your dry suit so they will get wet otherwise the rest of you should stay dry.

  4. Is it comfortable?
    Yes! It is very comfortable! You shouldn’t be cold at all.

  5. Why would I want to do the dry suit course?
    If you get cold easily and you want to make your diving experience more comfortable and enjoyable, then this is for you. In fact, you may never go back to a normal wet suit!

  6. Are Dry suits expensive?
    Scubapro Dry Suits cost between R8295 - R9995, but the benefit is that a dry suit that is well looked after will last a very long time, so the benefits far outweigh the cost.

  7. Is it difficult?
    With the proper training that you get from this course it is not difficult.

 

What have others said about Into the Blue Scuba Dive Center?

Globetrekker Oxford

“Top marks for safety and professionalism”....

The reason for giving five stars is not because my dive day was good - it was horrible, a complete washout, no viz, unpleasant swell, just all round yucky conditions.

However, that's nature, and dive operators can do nothing about it. What all dive operators should do is be as professional and customer-focused as the guys from ITB diving.

First thing to note is that ITB is considerably cheaper (by almost 1000.- Rand) than Simonstown operators, which is baffling considering that they also have the transport cost from Cape Town to budget for.

DMs, Instructors and Shopfloor staff are all super friendly and helpful; I even got picked up from my Cape Town digs and dropped off afterwards, free of charge.

On the boat, I saw all the emergency and redundancy gear I like to see: twin engines (VERY important!), Oxygen, comms gear, flares, the lot. Briefings were thorough, and buddy check was insisted on.

The trip to Seal Rock in the RIB was fun in the swell, but when we got there the captain did not let us dive because of the unsafe conditions. Disappointing as this was, he was totally right. Low tide and heavy swells are a dangerous combination this close to the rocks, and as for trying to get back into a RIB in seas like this....
We then tried the PMB wreck, where zero viz and nasty vertical swell separated the group and forced us out of the water after 25 minutes.

The captain did offer to try another spot but was honest enough to tell us that in his opinion it was going to be rubbish everywhere, and so we called it a day.

Back at the dive shop, we were all offered a re-schedule, but as I'm out of time I was given half my money back. I know from experience that this is not the norm in the industry, sadly.

Into the Blue is a top notch outfit that does things by the book, with a strong safety focus and very customer centered, on top of offering reasonable pricing and a fair refund policy. You'll have a hard time to find a better operator anywhere around. They'll definitely be my first choice when I pass through next, and for doing my IDC sometime this year.

Just hope mother nature will be in better mood then.

Visited April 2017

 

Jayson De Ath

Super and very professional setup. Glad I was able to dive...

with them and would not only recommend diving here, but look forward to the next trip to dive with again.

Brian Brown

Great diving courses. Friendly staff. 5 star.