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Getting Started in Dry Suit Diving?

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by tech3324, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. tech3324

    tech3324 Lionfish

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    After 30+ years of wetsuit diving, I'd like to tryout a dry suit just to see what it's like, with the possibility of buying one in the future. I signed up for a PADI dry suit class, did the textbook work, but the class was canceled before the pool session and boat dives.

    Now I'm wondering how other divers generally get started with a dry suit. Do you take a class like the PADI, rent a suit and try it out, or wait for a demo day. My LDS said they would include a checkout with any DS purchase, but I'm not ready to buy yet, just want to try it first.

    Any suggestions appreciated.
     
  2. Jax

    Jax Deplorable American ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm doing it the way you are - I figure I can rent my top choices after I get the cert card. I'm not ready to buy yet, or even for a few years.
     
  3. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    The Demo days offered by DUI, Whites and maybe others are a great way to experience what's out there and get some good advice.

    You can often get the DS course with the DS with some dickering. At the demo days they send a guide to coach you.

    Pete
     
  4. MikePierce170

    MikePierce170 Angel Fish

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    I agree with spectrum. Demo days are an excellent way to try out a dry suit and learn about it.

    I did my dry suit class through SDI (which was really easy) and then did a demo of the Whites Fusion Bullet at a LDS. Through my dry suit class I used a rented Diving Concepts Trilaminate suit. The suit worked and kept me warm but wasn't the most comfortable or easy to use. I finally settled on the Whites Fusion Bullet because of how easy it was to use.

    Definitely try to educate yourself as best as possible before making an investment in a suit. They aren't cheap and you're gonna want something that best fits your needs.
     
  5. 1_sl

    1_sl Photographer

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NJ, USA
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    I used rental suit to finish the class, then spent the next several month to decide the one that I finally purchased.

    Some shops offer free training with suit purchase.
     

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