SSI Drysuit Diving Course with Dive Rutland

SSI Dry Suit Diving

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  • All Core Scuba Equipment
  • All Course Materials and Certification
  • Services of your Highly Trained and Professional Instructor and Support Team
Course Type

SSI Dry Suit Diving Speciality

The SSI Drysuit Speciality allows you to experience UK Diving or cooler climates and  some of the amazing sites we have around our amazing coastline as well as just  extending your diving season.

If you want to see the spectacular and prolific aquatic life often found in cooler water climates you'll need to stay warm and that means a dry suit.  Yes you can dive here in the UK in a wetsuit but in winter months when the visibility is generally better why not take advantage of it.

Diving in a drysuit, provides you with the means to extend the UK diving season, stay warm and dry, but does change your buoyancy characteristics so this is a great course to learn all aspects of drysuit diving including looking after, packing away, weighting and streamlining of your equipment and the differences between the types of drysuits available.

What do I need to start the SSI Dry Suit Diving Speciality?

  • SSI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation)
  • Minimum age: 10 years old 
  • ​Mask and Snorkel

What Will I do During the SSI Dry Suit Diving Speciality?

  • Prior to your one day in open water diving in a drysuit you will complete some pre-reading using the SSP App.
  • Undertake a confined water session where you will
    • Be taken through how to get in and get out of a drysuit corrected and be correctly fitted
    • Be taken through how to care for your drysuit and to pack it away ready for transportation to and from the pool
    • Complete Buddy Checks and shown the additional checks when you and your buddy are drysuit diving
    • ​During the pool session, you will  
      • Complete Weight Checks
      • Review and learn correct Equipment Streamlining
      • Learn to vent the drysuit
      • Get lots of practising swimming around in your drysuit along with gaining the understanding of how air migrates around your suit when driving
      • Emergency procedures just in case you lose control
  • Once the skills have been mastered in the pool then you will spend one day in open water undertaking two dives putting all of those skills into practise

Throughout your time with us, you will be able to ask any questions you have to your professional dive team who have spent many hours drysuit diving.

Drysuit diving takes time to master, but with our expert tips and techniques you will avoid the common problems and potential hazards that people occur because they do not attend this type of training

What Materials will I use during the SSI Dry Suit Diving Speciality?

As part of our course you will be provided with the PADI Drysuit Manual or Drysuit Elearning  for you to read and complete the required knowledge reviews which will be reviewed with your Instructor.

How Long will the SSI Dry Suit Diving Speciality Take?

Over and above the pre-read, you will attend one confined water session and one day in open water

What is the Integrated option advertised?

Drysuit Integrated with Open Water

Our Deluxe package includes the Drysuit Speciality, but there are times when a student chooses the Basic or Standard package as they do not want to include the Drysuit speciality but at the point of completing their open water dives, they decide to add the option to the last open water training day - this means that you complete three dives on day 2 of your open water course

Any Other Costs?

Not included is the entrance fees for the open water site and personal travel costs

What is my next adventure after the SSI Drysuit Diver?

Come diving in the UK or on any of our trips, after all that is why you qualified as a diver to go diving, have adventures and make friends - yes?


On 'booking' this course, we will release the elearning materials via the SSI app and on completion of all paperwork will be able to book a pool training session and your open water dates.

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Nottingham Scuba Diving Facility

The training facility at our Nottingham location features a purpose-built pool that is 4 meters deep and 10 meters in diameter, providing an exceptional environment for scuba diving training. The pool boasts fantastic visibility and maintains a constant temperature of around 29 degrees, ensuring optimal comfort for all divers.

A 1.6-meter training platform extends over 50% of the pool's bottom surface, offering ample space for practicing various diving skills. The pool's unique design, with a bottom depth of 4 meters, allows divers to swim in a 30-meter circular path, simulating open water conditions. This facility also includes a gas filling station, a classroom, and an equipment showroom, making it a comprehensive training center for divers of all levels.

Oakham Swimming Pool

The 25m heated swimming pool at Oakham School's Leisure Centre is perfect for scuba diver training and kids' diving courses. This state-of-the-art facility provides laned sections for focused training and a comfortable, warm environment, ensuring an ideal learning experience for divers of all ages and skill levels. Whether you're refining your technique or introducing children to the wonders of diving, our pool offers the perfect setting.

Our pool session(s) are on Saturday evenings from 18:00 - 20:00, with a meet at the Dive Centre prior (this time will be confirmed when you book).  The time at the Dive Centre is spent on various activities depending on which course you are undertaking but for all first session this will involve introducing you to your instructor, the dive equipment you will be using in the pool, a safety briefing and the evenings activities.  During non term time then we have a pool session available from 19:00 - 21:00.

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Couldnt recommend Tracy and her team enough for a first aid course. Having to renew it every 3 years used to send me to sleep. Not with these guys! professional, up to date and with lots of toys to play with, without the death by powerpoint.

Mike Gould

Rutland, UK


Tracey was fabulous!!! Had one on one first aid training and felt very involved in the day. Thankyou!!

Sarah Jayne

Stamford, Lincs, UK


Very friendly and professional service, looking forward too my next course

Kevin Campbell

Oakham, Rutland, UK