Written by PADI Regional Training Consultant, Young Hee Simpson.
As PADI Professionals, we’re in the business of transformation. Being able to influence our customer’s lives is a great privilege and a rewarding responsibility. However, the lifestyle we choose is sometimes bound by environmental factors that we must adapt to; the location we’re living, diving and teaching in. Our responsibility is to educate our students to dive safely while enjoying diving in their local environment.
Luckily, we have equipment readily available that will help us overcome some environmental challenges, such as diving in colder water. When the water temperature drops, there is nothing better than donning your dry suit to help you stay warm underwater. As a PADI Pro, you might be diving more than three dives a day with potentially longer bottom times. Diving in a dry suit opens the door for additional dives and a longer dive season. For you as a dive professional, using a dry suit could be a tool to conduct additional courses that will create income opportunities while also providing access to local dive sites, year round, for your customers.
To teach the PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty, you will need to gain the relevant instructor rating. To become PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Instructor, there are two ways; it is recommended you take a Dry Suit Diver Specialty Instructor Course with a PADI Course Director or you may apply directly to the PADI organisation. In addition to the PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Instructor rating, if you hold five specialty instructor ratings in total, you can also apply for the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating, which denotes one of the highest membership ratings within the PADI system of diver education.