Course Summary
Credit Type:
Self-paced (12 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 advanced scuba diving


The course objective is to familiarize divers with the knowledge, skills, techniques and procedures necessary to safely plan, organize, and conduct dry suit dives.

Learning Outcomes:

  • explain and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, procedures and techniques used when diving in dry suits
  • explain the exposure suit options available to divers and how to choose one appropriate for the diving environment
  • explain and contrast the various types of dry suits and their features
  • explain the factors to consider when choosing important dry suit accessories including undergarments, gloves, hoods, and boots
  • explain and demonstrate the recommended procedures for proper dry suit care, maintenance, and storage
  • explain and demonstrate the correct procedures for proper weighting and buoyancy control when diving in a dry suit
  • explain the causes, prevention, and recommended techniques for handling excess gas in the legs of a dry suit and a flooded dry suit

General Topics:

  • Why you get cold underwater
  • Dry suits and wet suits
  • Dry suit construction
  • Dry suit undergarments
  • Buoyancy control devices (BCDs), weight systems, and argon inflation systems
  • Diving a dry suit
  • Dry suit safety and handling emergencies
  • Dry suit diving guidelines
  • Dry suit care, maintenance, storage, and packing
  • Dry suit repairs
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Evaluation of performance mastery skills during one confined water training dive and two open water training dives.

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

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