Please note, UVic Scuba DOES NOT offer any scuba courses. These courses are offered through Vikes Recreation and this page is just to provide additional information to the Vikes Recreation scuba courses page. If you have any questions concerning these courses, please e-mail the Vikes Recreation Scuba Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
The diving in BC is cold: so is the top of Mt. Everest. The best things in life are worth preparing for. Jacque Cousteau ranked three dives in BC in the top ten in the world. The unbelievable diversity of life in our local waters is worth preparing for cold water diving.
Dry Suits are great for recreational diving and many technical divers wear Dry Suits due to the length of the time spent underwater. The longer the diver is in the water, the more thermal protection is required.
The drysuit orientation does not "certify" you to dive in a drysuit, but logging your experience and training with a professional will allow you to rent or buy a drysuit so you can remain warm regardless of the time of year. We highly encourage practicing in your drysuit before getting too close to marine life. Poor buoyancy control can damage the aquatic ecosystem.
Vikes Recreation Member - $119.00 includes HST
Non-Vikes Recreation Member (Non-UVic Student Price) - $139.00 includes HST
All Prices include all gear unless otherwise indicated.
Dates Spring 2018:
Drysuit Orientation A:
January 18th 6:30pm – 9:30pm (on deck from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, in water from 7:30pm-9:30pm)
Drysuit Orientation B:
February 22nd 6:30pm – 9:30pm (on deck from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, in water from 7:30pm-9:30pm)
On demand - Please email if you are interested in a course outside these dates.
• Complete all skill performance requirements in confined water.
• Participate in optional open water dive (we encourage you to go on a club dive - additional cost for direct in-water supervision).
• 10 years old
• Certified as PADI Open Water Diver
• One confined water dive in the pool.
What comes next?
The PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty course. This course will expand on the basic knowledge taught as part of the drysuit orientation.
For more information on the dry suit specialty course, email the SCUBA Program Coordinator.