Typically the workshop begins with a 2-3 academic discussion focusing on the the types of drysuits available, and the pros and cons of each.
Other topics include undergarment options, proper donning/doffing of the suit, inflation systems/options and how to care for your suit.
We'll then spend time discussing how to use and manage your suit underwater, and the potential problems you may encounter when diving the suit, and how to manage those issues.
Drysuits offer the diver several advantages over the wetsuit. First, it provides the diver with significantly increased thermal protection over that of wetsuits, as well as redundant buoyancy and no buoyancy swing.
However, drysuits can be challenging to maintain proper buoyancy control and trim and can task load the diver.
This one day mini provides an overview of how to manage the buoyancy and balance & trim your drysuit, as well as managing common failures and problems. This one day mini provides an overview of how to manage the buoyancy and balance & trim your drysuit, as well as managing common failures and problems.
We follow up the discussion with dry runs of managing the suit, including how to inflate & deflate, as well as how to manage emergencies and non-normal situations.
Students will then conduct 2 dives working on gaining comfort, balance and trim in their drysuit, in addition to practice managing emergency and non-normal situations.
This mini will be video'd for educational and review purposes only. We believe it is invaluable for students to visually focus on their individual in-water skills. Learning to self evaluate is an important aspect of the workshop.
Our focus is the complete dedication to your diving skills, knowledge & in-water practice.
Minimum 16 years of age
Must be a certified open water diver from a recognized training agency
Maximum depth is 60’. Average depth 20-30'
All dives are to maintain a working PO2 of no greater than 1.4
Standard gas is air or 32%
Single or double tank configuration
No stage decompression
No overhead environments
Instructor to student ratio maximum 6:1 in open water, adjusting downward for environmental conditions.
All FKD classes are non-smoking
The use of prescription drugs must be authorized prior to the onset of diver training by a physician
See our Equipment Requirements Page
Rentals are available for most equipment. If you have any questions on equipment requirements or rentals, please contact us prior to registering.
Who is this class designed for?
The Drysuit Mini is designed for any diver wanting to learn how to comfortably dive in drysuit by enjoying the advantages it offers, as well as recognizing and managing the risks it can present.
Drysuits aren't exclusive to cold water. Divers use drysuits worldwide, in warm water and cold water, due to the increased thermal protection they offer on multi-dive days, in addition to the redundant buoyancy when diving in double tanks.
This 1 day workshop focuses on providing the diver the knowledge, tools and skills to get comfortable and balanced in a drysuit, as well as a thorough understanding of how to comfortably manage them.
Why take this class?
Drysuits offer the diver many benefits. However, like anything else, there is a tradeoff. The trade-off, in this case, is the potential for a rapid ascent and additional task loading.
Divers new to drysuits will appreciate the shortened learning curve on getting balanced & trimmed and how to minimize risks & task loading.
This mini doesn't just teach how to trim out the drysuit. It provides the diver with the knowledge of how it works, how to manage the drysuit, how to manage possible problems, and most importantly, how to enjoy their many benefits, making your diving more fun and safe.
The Drysuit Mini is a one-day workshop, including academic discussions, dry-runs and 2 dives.
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