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Dry Suit Diver

Dry Suit Dives at Haigh Quarry

Wanna stay warm and toasty on a dive? Then dive dry. Unlike a wetsuit, a dry suit seals you off from the outside water thus keeping you warmer, even in surprisingly cold water.

Living in Chicago, we have access to a large, beautiful body of water littered with shipwrecks. While you may dive some wrecks in a 7mm wetsuit during the warmer summer months, diving a dry suit opens the door for you to explore so much more. Not only do you get to dive some of the bigger, deeper wrecks, but you can also extend your diving season to as early as April and late as November. Once you conquer Lake Michigan, check out the wondrous Bonne Terre Mine near St. Louis, Isle Royale up in Lake Superior, or anywhere else your cold heart desires.

What You LearnWhat's InvolvedUpcoming ClassesGearCourse Fees

Our Dry Suit Diver course consists of the following training elements:

  • Independent Study: Online eLearning program.
  • Classroom Sessions: Discussion style interaction with an instructor.
  • Open Water Dives: Put it all together and experience your next level of diving.

During your independent study (eLearning) you will learn about:

  • Different types of dry suits and their unique advantages.
  • How a dry suit keeps you dry and warm.
  • How to properly care for a dry suit.
  • How dry suit diving differs from diving a wetsuit.

During your classroom sessions we will discuss:

  • Proper weighting and distribution.
  • Descending and ascending with a dry suit.
  • How to don and doff your suit.
  • Neutral buoyancy underwater and swimming.
  • Disconnecting and reconnecting your dry suit inflator hose.
  • How to recover from excess gas in your suit.
  • Removing and replacing your scuba gear at the surface.

During your open water dives you will:

  • Practice and implement what you learned during your classroom sessions.
  • Hang out, have fun and see what it is like to be on a dive vacation . . . Even in Kankakee.
  • Go diving! Explore the quarry or ocean.

If you have not done so, I encourage you to take a few minutes and read the Frequently Asked Questions and Our Training Philosophy pages. Below is detailed information on the process of getting started and completing your training.

Read Through this Page

We put as much information on here to create as complete a picture as possible of the Dry Suit Diver certification process. Read through it and if you have any questions, or prefer to talk  to someone about what’s involved, please Contact Us.


  • Be at least 13 years old (dry suit sizes permitting).
  • Be certified as an Open Water Diver (or equivalent)
  • Must show proof that during the past six months you have been either actively diving or completed a SCUBA Refresher course.
  • Be in good mental and physical condition.

Paperwork: Download and Complete

Stop by the Shop

  • Bring your completed paperwork or complete it at the shop with Jeff or Rami.
  • Sign up and pay for the course. Please see the Cost tab for details.
  • Set up your eLearning program (or you can do it at home later). We will send you the code.
  • Go over any other details or questions you may have, and confirm schedule.
  • Purchase or make rental arrangements for gear you need for class.

Classroom Sessions

  • For group classes, please see the Upcoming Classes tab. For a private course, we will create a schedule together that works for you.
  • You will attend one classroom session, about four hours long.
  • All classroom sessions are held at the dive shop.

Dry Suit Diver Certification Dives

  • Three required open water certification dives done in a single day.
  • All certification dives are done with us at Haigh Quarry, in Kankakee, between May and October.
Spots Remaining are as of 05/18/2017
Day Date Start End
Classroom Session TBD TBD 7:00 PM 10:30 PM
Open Water Dives TBD TBD 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
    4 Spots Remaining
Classroom Session Thursday Aug 17 7:00 PM 10:30 PM
Open Water Dives Saturday or
Aug 19
Aug 20
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
    4 Spots Remaining

Gear you are responsible for providing:

  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) with integrated weight pockets *
  • Regulator system with a submersible pressure gauge *
  • Dive computer *
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • Student Logbook
  • Warm pair of moisture wicking socks (fleece or wool recommended)
  • Extra undergarment layers (must be moisture wicking material, fleece or wool is best)

* Gear items that may be rented.

Gear included in your course fee:

  • Dry Suit with 1 Layer of Undergarments
  • Dry Gloves and Liner
  • Dry Suit Hood
  • Dry Suit Boots
  • Dry Suit Hose
  • Fins and Ankle Weights (if needed)
  • Tanks and air fills
  • Weights

We offer two types of courses to complete your training: Group and Private

Group Training ($450):

  • Minimum of four students, maximum eight
  • Classroom and Certification Dive dates are set and may be viewed on the Upcoming Classes tab.

Private Training ($750):

  • These classes are ideal for:
    • Students who have a tight time frame or complicated schedule.
    • Students who need or want one on one-or-one-on-two training.
  • Minimum of one student, maximum four
  • Dates may be scheduled on weekdays or weekends

Included in both Prices:

  • eLearning program and all course materials
  • All classroom sessions
  • Use of SCUBA Gear (as noted on Gear tab)
  • All certification dives
  • Air fills
  • Water and snacks
  • Certification processing
  • All taxes