Drysuit Training SDC
If you are new to diving then you probably use a wetsuit or a semi-dry. Or it might be you simply have not yet taken the next step to drysuite diving.
Wetsuits and semi-dry suites are fairly simple to use and maintain. Once you have your correct buoyancy sorted out then it is plain sailing.
They have the advantage of being simple to use and will keep you warm underwater, even in the winter. The disadvantages are that they can be difficult to put on and remove because they are designed to be a tight fit. Although warm underwater, you may suffer from wind chill on the surface due to evaporation from the neoprene surface.
Drysuits are much easier to put on and can be warmer on the surface. Depending on the type of drysuit you will probably need an undersuit to wear underneath. This can be warm and cosy for the winter and lightweight for the summer.
So what's the catch? Drysuits require a degree of skill to use effectively. This is because the drysuite works by insulating you with a layer of air on the inside. The amount of air has to be carefully controlled. Too much may cause an uncontrolled ascent - sometimes feet first! Too little and the suite will bite into you and you will look like shrink wrapped bacon.
The Drysuit Training course will teach you how to use the suit effectively and how to manage your buoyancy correctly. Well worth doing if you are new to drysuit diving.