The Local Diver

Dry Suit Diver, Search & Recovery Diver and Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Diver are popular specialties for divers who like to explore the lakes and scuba parks in our area. We offer a wide range of other specialties that cover many interests. These specialties can be found on the Specialties overview page.


Dry Suit Diver

Drysuit diver at Lake RawlingsWant stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dry suit diving might be for you. Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water and that keeps you warm, even in surprisingly cold water. Dry suits let you dive more challenging dive sites and extend your dive season. When diving with a dry suit, you can stand up to the elements and take advantage of the generally better visibility offered by winter months — especially at inland dive sites such as quarries, lakes, sinkholes, caves, and so on. As a dry suit diver, you’re equipped to scuba dive some of the world’s incredible dive sites in cooler regions that are best enjoyed in a dry suit even in their warmer months.

What You Learn

Gain the knowledge and skills to safely don, dive with, doff, and store a dry suit. Get introduced to the different types of suits so you can make a very informed decision if considering purchasing a dry suit. You learn:

  • Dry suit buoyancy control skills
  • Dry suit maintenance, storage and basic repair
  • Undergarment (fleece or overall-type garments worn under the dry suit) options

This course requires a pool or confined water session plus two open water dives.

Special offer: Take the Dry Suit Diver specialty in one of our Whites Fusion suits and receive a $200 credit toward the purchase of a new Whites Fusion dry suit!

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Dry Suit Diver course.


    • Minimum age: 10
    • Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver, or enrolled in an Open Water Diver course



    • PADI Dry Suit Diver Manual
    • View the PADI Dry Suit Diver DVD


    • $250 includes materials, pool sessions, dry suit and undergarment rental and two open water dives with instructor. Travel/entry fees to wherever the course is held are not included. Rental gear is available.






     

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    PADI Search and Recovery Diver Course

    Have you ever dropped something in the water? Are you looking for lost “treasure”? The PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course will teach you effective ways to find objects underwater and bring them to the surface. Small, large or just awkward, there is a way to bring them up. Not only are these skills fun, but very practical and ultimately useful because eventually, you’ll lose something in the water. As a Search and Recovery Diver, you’ll know how to search for and recover it.

    What You Learn

    • Search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems
    • How to locate large and small objects using search patterns
    • How to use a lift bag and other recovery methods
    • Limited visibility search techniques

    This specialty requires four open water dives.

    You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Search and Recovery Diver course.


      • Minimum age: 12
      • Advanced Open Water Diver or Junior Advanced Open Water Diver or Open Water Diver with Underwater Navigator Specialty



      • PADI Search and Recovery Diver Manual
      • View the PADI Search and Recovery Diver DVD


      • $325 includes materials and four open water dives with instructor. Travel/entry fees to wherever the course is held are not included. Rental gear is available.






       

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      Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Diver

      Divers using a DPV

      DPVs offer a thrilling way to see a lot of underwater territory in a brief amount of time. They scoot you through the water without kicking. Whether making a shore dive or diving from a boat, a DPV is a great way to see more and have a blast doing it.

      What You Learn

      • Diver propulsion vehicle dive planning organization, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards
      • Equipment considerations
      • Diver etiquette and how to avoid harming fragile aquatic life

        • Minimum age: 12
        • Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver



        • PADI DPV Diver Manual
        • View the PADI DPV Diver DVD


        • $195 includes materials, use of DPV and two open water dives with instructor. Travel/entry fees to wherever the course is held are not included. Rental gear is available.





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