Learn dry suit diving in Iceland

Iceland is a beautiful and strange place to dive, presenting you with new experiences and considerations when taking the plunge.

Cold water diving requires a different set of skills than warm water. For instance, to be a competent dry suit diver you must be able to control your buoyancy, clear air from your feet, and remove and replace your dry suit inflator hose.

DIVE.IS offers the PADI Dry Suit Course on a daily basis and takes students through a high quality, safe, fun and thorough introduction to dry suit diving, taught by our experienced Dry Suit Instructors.

Please be aware that although this course is taught in a fun and relaxing manner, it is a very physically demanding course and includes multiple dives in Iceland’s cold water conditions.

To dive in Silfra, divers must have completed drysuit certification prior to entering the water. Our Dry Suit Course & Diving Silfra 2-Day Package offers divers without the necessary dry suit diving record the opportunity to gain the required experience and be prepared for their dive in Silfra. Following successful completion of the course on the first day, you will be ready for two fun dives in Silfra on the second day. With the core dry suit diving skills under your belt, you will be able enjoy the sublime underwater world of Silfra.

The Dry Suit Course & Diving Silfra Day Tour 2-Day Package is structured as follows:

Day 1 – PADI Dry Suit Diver Course ( 54.990,- ISK per student)

•                Theory and Knowledge Review

•                Confined water (pool) session

•                Two Open Water training dives at a local dive site

Day 2 – Diving Silfra Day Tour ( 39.990,- ISK per diver)

•                Two fun dives at Silfra

Total price: 94.980,- ISK

During the confined water session your instructor will introduce you to diving in a drysuit. The skills you learn will include donning and maintenance of the dry suit, buoyancy control and self rescue skills. You will then move on to your open water dive site where you will practice these skills again at a deeper depth and in a different environment.

The course has a maximum of three students per instructor, which gives each student the greatest individual attention.  With training in a variety of dive sites, this dry suit course provides a sturdy basis for all of the cold-water dives that you will undertake in the future.

You will need to complete Knowledge Reviews Part 1 & 2 (p. 56 – 58) in the Dry Suit Manual prior to the start of the course. You are welcome to either purchase the manual from us or from your local PADI Dive Centre. If you buy it from us, please be sure to come pick up your dry suit manual at least one day in advance of your course so that you have enough time to read it and complete the Knowledge Review sections. If you have not read the manual and completed the Knowledge Reviews, you cannot start the course. The course is non-refundable within 48 hours of the course start time.

Please note that neither participants nor instructors are allowed to bring any type of camera into the water on the course. This is prohibited by PADI standards. However, our guides will bring a high quality camera with them on the second dive during the Silfra Day Tour.

For more information about dry suit diving, please visit our website http://www.drysuitdiving.org

 

Course and Tour details

Availability:

Available all year round.

Please check the booking calendar below for scheduled courses. Additional courses might also be available upon request.

 

Requirements:

Participants must:

  • be a certified diver at the level of PADI Open Water or equivalent
  • have completed Knowledge Reviews Part 1 & Part 2 in the PADI Dry Suit Diver Manual
  • have read, signed, and followed directions on the Diving Silfra Medical Statement
  • be at minimum 150cm / maximum 200cm
  • be at minimum 45kg / maximum 120kg
  • be at minimum 17 years of age (signature of legal guardian required for under 18 year old participants)
  • be physically fit
  • be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit
  • be able to communicate in English or have a translator available at all times during the tour
  • not be pregnant

Please note:

Participants are not allowed on tour without signing the Diving Silfra Medical Statement and, if necessary, a physician’s approval which can be found with the Medical Statement. Please read the Diving Silfra Medical Statement prior to booking to make sure that you are eligible for the tour.

Each participant must sign our liability release form at the start of the tour.

Duration:

Day 1: 10-12 hours

Day 2: 6-8 incl. transportation from Reykjavík

Price:
94.980,- ISK per person (Dry Suit Diver Course: 54.990,- ISK; Diving Silfra Day Tour: 39.990,- ISK)
Min / Max:

Minimum 1

 

Please bring:
  • Your dive certification card
  •  Long underwear and thick socks
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Your Dry Suit Manual (available for purchase in the booking calendar below)
  • Hat and Gloves to wear between dives
  • Extra pair of thermal underwear and a towel
Included:

PADI Dry Suit Diver Course:

  • One Knowledge Development session with your instructor
  • 1 Confined Open Water session
  • 2 Open Water training dives
  • PADI Certification fee
  • All equipment necessary to complete the course
  • Transport between the Reykjavík area and the dive sites

Diving Silfra Day Tour:

  • 2 guided dives (if temperature drops below 0°C we do only 1 dive)
  • all necessary equipment
  • hot chocolate and cookies in the dive break
  • entrance fee of ISK 1.000,- into Silfra
  • Free hotel pick up and return in Reykjavik
Excluded:

The PADI Dry Suit Manual is excluded from the course price and costs ISK 4.990,- extra at our dive centre.

You will need to complete the Knowledge Reviews Part 1 and Part 2 (p. 56-58) in the Dry Suit Manual prior to the start of the course. You are welcome to either purchase the manual from us or from your local PADI Dive Centre.  If you buy it from us, please be sure to come pick up your dry suit manual at least one day in advance of your course so that you have enough time to read it and complete the Knowledge reviews.

Departures:

Please see the booking calendar below.

Step 1: Select the date for your dry suit course below!

 
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