DRYSUIT MINI

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.


The Drysuit Mini provides an overview of how to manage the buoyancy and balance & trim your drysuit, as well as managing common failures and problems. 


This is not a critical skills class. Failures will not be introduced by the instructor in this class.

WHY DRYSUIT MINI?

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 mini 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.


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.

SKILLS & DRY RUNS

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 maintain balance and trim, control buoyancy and how to enjoy the many benefits drysuits offer, making your diving more fun and safe.


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, as well as methods to minimize the task loading that can be associated with drysuit diving.


Students will then have 2 dives to work on gaining comfort, balance and trim in their drysuits in addition to practicing managing emergencies, common failures and non-normal situations.


We will "dry run" all skills.  Dry runs allow the student to practice the skills on land under the watchful eye of the instructor(s), allowing them to practice and discuss the skill prior to performing them underwater. 

ACADEMIC TOPICS & VIDEO REVIEW

This class is designed to provide a working knowledge of the types of drysuits available and the pros and cons of each.


Other topics include undergarment options, proper donning / doffing of the suit, inflation / deflation systems and how to care for your suit.  Additionally, time is dedicated to discussing potential problems and common failures, and how to identify and manage them.


Our diving days end with video review of the day's dives.  All FKD classes are video'd for educational and review purposes only.  We believe it is invaluable for students to visually focus on their individual in-water skills, situational awareness, communication and team diving.  Learning to self evaluate is an important aspect of the class.  


Our focus is the complete dedication to your diving skills, knowledge & in water practice.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • Certified diver from a recognized training agency

OVERVIEW / COURSE LIMITS

  • Maximum depth is 60'.  Average depth 20 - 100'
  • All dives are to maintain a working PO2 of no greater than 1.4
  • Standard gas: Air or EAN32
  • No overhead environments
  • Instructor to student ratio maximum 6:1 in open water, adjusting downward for environmental conditions.

DIVES & DURATION

  • 1 day, 2 dives, 4 hours of academics

All UTD / FKD classes are video'd for educational and review purposes only. We believe it is invaluable for students to visually focus on their individual in-water skills, situational awareness, communication and team diving. Learning to self evaluate is an important aspect of the class. 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete the academic materials (online or book)
  • All UTD & FKD classes are non-smoking
  • The use of prescription drugs must be authorized prior to the onset of diver training by a physician

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

Equipment Requirements Page


* We do have equipment available for use.  If you have any questions on equipment requirements please contact us prior to registering