Learn to dive in a dry suit and prepare for Silfra
Iceland is a beautiful and strange place to dive, presenting you with new experiences 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 provides students 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 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 the fun dive in Silfra on the second day. With the core dry suit diving skills under your belt, you will be able to enjoy the sublime underwater world of Silfra fissure.
The Dry Suit Course & Diving Silfra Day Tour 2-Day Package is structured as follows:
Day 1 – PADI Dry Suit Diver Course
• Theory and Knowledge Review
• Pick-up and drop-off from central Reykjavik
• Confined water (pool) session
• Two Open Water training dives at a local dive site
Day 2 – Diving Silfra Day Tour (Upon successful completion of Day 1)
• One fun dive at Silfra (additional dive and pick-up can be booked separately)
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.
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
Our Souvenirs can be purchased in your booking process by selecting them under "Extras". If the Souvenir you are looking for is not listed below please contact us or leave a comment in your booking and we will bring it on tour with us.
The Silfra Tectonic Specialty Course can only be taken on The Silfra Diving Day Tour, the course can be added in your booking process by selecting it under "Extras".
Our Dry suit course and Silfra dive with Stefanino
We took the dry suit course and then Silfra dive trip. I can't say enough about the experience. Stefanino was an excellent instructor, he was extremely knowledgeable and professional. We felt at ease within minutes of being with him. We were fairly new to diving and he adapted to our skill and showed us a great experience both in the course as well as the Silfra. We highly recommend Dive.IS, they made the experience simple and worry free and if you get the chance recommend Stefanino he is an excellent guide and well versed in his craft. We will definitely be back.
10-12 hours on the course, 3-5 hours on the tour
Minimum 1 student
Maximum 2-3 divers per dive instructor
Available all year round
- Your SCUBA dive certification card (PADI Open Water or equivalent)
- Proof that you finished the Knowledge Reviews for the Dry Suit Course
- Long underwear
- Thick socks
- Suitable clothes for the weather of the day
- Dive Instructor
- Transport to and from the Reykjavík Area (only for the course)
- One Knowledge Development session with your instructor
- 1 Confined Open Water session
- 2 Open Water Dives (at a local dive site)
- PADI Certification fee
- 1 guided dive in Silfra
- All dive equipment necessary to complete the course & tour
- Hot chocolate and cookies in the dive break
- Entrance fee into Silfra
- PADI Dry Suit Diver E-book (3.990,- ISK) automatically accompanies the course. If you have purchased a hard copy of the PADI Dry Suit Diver manual, you are welcome to bring that along with you and we will refund you the cost of the E-book. Please let us know as soon as possible after booking if you have your own manual.
It is a necessary to study it and fill out the Knowledge Reviews in the manual before the course begins.
be a certified diver at the level of PADI Open Water or equivalent
have read, signed, and followed directions on the online Diving Silfra Medical Statement (link provided in confirmation email) PDF
have our Diving Medical form signed off by a doctor if they are age 60 or older PDF
sign our liability release form at the start of the diving tour PDF
be at minimum 150cm / maximum 200cm
be at minimum 45kg / maximum 120kg
fit within our dry suit size chart PDF
be at least 17 years of age (signature of legal guardian required for under 18 year old participants)
be physically fit
be able to communicate in English
be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit
not be pregnant
Your bookable extras
Frequently asked questions about our Dry Suit Course & Diving Silfra 2-Day Package
Can I bring my own camera on the Drysuit course?
Unfortunately, PADI dive training regulations prohibit both the dive instructor and the students from carrying a camera of any sort during training dives. As we are a PADI 5 Star Dive Center, we respect these regulations.
Can I take the PADI Dry Suit Diver Course and dive Silfra?
To dive Silfra you are required to have either a drysuit diver certification or drysuit dive expereince. We have therefore created a 2-day Drysuit and Silfra Combo Tour. During this tour, you will complete your PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course on the first day and, upon completion, participate in the Diving Silfra Day Tour on the second day.
Where is your shop?
Our dive shop is located at the western end of downtown Reykjavik, a 20-30 minute walk from most of the city centre. We are happy to welcome you here between 9am and 5pm every day of the week.
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