Exciting 2-Day PADI Dry Suit Course and Silfra Dive Tour from Reykjavik

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Description

Summary

Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Starting time
at 07:45
Duration
2 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
Languages
English
Difficulty
Demanding
Available
June - Nov.
Minimum age
18 years old

Description

Embrace the opportunity to gain your PADI dry suit certification with this exciting two-day course, including two guided dives in the Silfra fissure. Divers seeking to upgrade their skills and dive in some of the world’s most transparent waters should book this tour now.

This PADI course and dive tour is for a maximum of three participants per guide, so you can expect an intimate setting and plenty of attention from your instructor. Participants must have an open-water dive certification or higher to join the course and tour.

Your course begins on day one with a pick-up from your Reykjavik accommodation. A driver will greet you and take you to a classroom setting in the city for the theory portion of the course.

You’ll learn how to dive safely in a dry suit throughout the morning. The instructor will cover essential aspects, such as underwater communication and equipment management.

Then, you’ll be ready to test your knowledge with some dry-suit diving exercises in a local swimming pool before doing two open-water training dives. Your group will head to a lake or protected area in the ocean near Reykjavik to practice your skills.

On day two, a driver will take you to the Thingvellir National Park, the site for today’s adventure. Today, you’ll complete two guided dry suit dives in the Silfra fissure, one of the most renowned diving sites globally.

Silfra is known for its crystal-clear water, boasting up to 328 feet (100 meters) of visibility. Gliding through the turquoise-colored water, you’ll feel toasty warm in your dry suit and can focus on the mesmerizing underwater scenery.

One of the most intriguing aspects of this diving location is its geological importance. Silfra is part of the mid-Atlantic rift, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are being forced apart. Therefore, as you drift through Silfra’s tranquil waters, you can marvel that you’re diving between the continents!

After two unforgettable dives, you can warm up and refuel with hot chocolate and cookies, reflecting on your incredible experience and basking in the beautiful scenery of Thingvellir National Park.

If you pass the course requirements, you will receive a PADI Dry Suit Specialty Certification Card. This card enables you to rent a dry suit and access a broader range of dive sites in the future.

Don’t miss the chance to complete your dry suit certification and dive in the Silfra fissure’s clear waters with this two-day PADI dry suit course and Silfra dive tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

PADI Dry Suit Specialty Certification Card if you pass the course requirements
1 confined water dive
Open water dives
Pick up from all major hotels, hostel and guesthouses in Reykjavik upon request
Guidance by experienced dive instructor
All dive equipment
Silfra entrance fee (1500 ISK)
Two dives in Silfra
Hot chocolate and cookies
Drop off in Reykjavik

Activities

Diving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Divers practice drills underwater in a swimming pool to prepare for open-water dry suit dives.

Day 1 - Dry Suit Theory and Practice Dives

On the first day of your PADI dry suit certification course, your instructor will pick you up from your Reykjavik accommodation. They will take you to a classroom to learn the theory portion of your course.

You can ask as many questions as you like. There will be a maximum of three participants per instructor, ensuring a quality learning experience so you can gain the necessary knowledge to dive safely in a dry suit.

Dry suits keep you warm and dry in the water, enabling access to more challenging and varied dive sites. With dry suit certification, you can extend your dive season because you can dive in colder water than a wetsuit.

Dry suits aren’t designed to be warm on their own. They fit more loosely than wetsuits, so you can wear them over your clothing. The warmth comes from the clothing you wear underneath and staying dry in the water.

A seal at your wrists and neck stops water from getting in, so you stay dry. The suits are typically attached to your boots, preventing water from entering below. Therefore, you usually only need gloves and a hood to warm those body parts.

The theory component covers aspects like equipment management and underwater communication. You’ll learn how to manage the additional air space created with a dry suit so that you can confidently dive while wearing one.

After completing the classroom aspect, you’ll implement your knowledge through training drills in a local swimming pool. You’ll wear a dry suit and practice the skills necessary to dive in one safely.

The last part of your day involves two training dives in an open-water setting. Your instructor will take you to a protected area in the sea or a lake near Reykjavik. You might practice in Kleifarvatn lake amid the volcanic landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula or at the Davidsgja fissure in Thingvallavatn lake.

After an exciting first day, your instructor will drop you back at your Reykjavik accommodation so you can rest in preparation for tomorrow’s adventures.

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Day 2
A diver floats in the mesmerizing blue waters of the Silfra fissure as the sunlight filters through from above.

Day 2 - Diving in the Silfra Fissure

On day two, your instructor will pick you up and drive you to Thingvellir National Park, the location for today’s dives. Thingvellir is a place of historical and geological significance, and for this reason, it’s one of the country’s most famous sights.

Thingvellir is one of three attractions on Iceland’s well-known Golden Circle driving route. It is the location where the longstanding Icelandic parliament, the Althingi, was founded in 930 AD.

It’s also where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are moving apart, creating the mid-Atlantic rift. Many people visit Thingvellir for the unique opportunity to walk between the continents.

Today, you’ll go one step further and dive between the continents, an experience like no other. Your guide will take you to the Silfra fissure, a world-renowned dive site with some of the most transparent waters globally.

The Silfra fissure is at the north end of Thingvallavatn lake in Thingvellir. Thingvallavatn is Iceland’s largest natural lake, surrounded by stunning, rugged scenery. Today, you’ll complete two dives at Silfra to explore the beauty beneath.

When you arrive at the dive site, you’ll put on your dry suit and prepare your equipment. With your newfound dry suit knowledge, you’ll be ready to enter the water confidently after your guide’s safety briefing.

You’ll gradually submerge and add air to your dry suit to prevent it from squeezing tight. Soon, you’ll find yourself gliding gracefully through Silfra’s mesmerizing, clear waters, immersing yourself completely in a magical underwater world.

Marvel at the crystal-clear visibility of the water. It comes from the Langjokull glacier and remains at a constant temperature of 35.6-39.2 F (2-4 C) year-round. A gentle current prevents the water from freezing completely.

Your instructor will take you through the main parts of the fissure, allowing you plenty of time to appreciate the otherworldly underwater setting. The Silfra Big Crack, Silfra Hall, and Silfra Cathedral are deep, rocky canyons, whereas the Silfra Lagoon features algae fields and incredible visibility.

After two unforgettable dives, you can warm up with cookies and hot chocolate before your driver takes you back to Reykjavik. Providing you pass the course requirements, you’ll also get your dry suit certification card, opening up a world of new opportunities in your diving future.

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What to bring

Warm wool socks 
Long underwear, preferable wool or fleece
Dive certification card
A change of clothes (just in case)
Towel
A physician's approval if you are 60 years or older

Good to know

The first day's duration is approximately 8-10 hours. Day two is about 5-6 hours.

All participants must read, fill out, and sign the medical statement. Participants 60 years of age and older must bring a signed physician's approval to join the tour. You must be over 18 to join.

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