Dive Lesson: Avoid the Flip-and-RiseDive Trip: Monterey, California
PADI Dry Suit Diver Specialty Course, Aquarius Dive Shop, aquariusdivers.com
“I taught myself — that’s the hard way,” says instructor Bruce Sawyer of diving dry, a challenge he attempted after logging around 1,000 dives. The owner of PADI Five Star IDC Aquarius Dive Shop in Monterey, California, says that the Dry Suit Diver course is the surest way to stay safe. The greatest danger is triggered by a likely mindless mistake: If your legs are slightly higher than your torso, air can’t escape from the left-arm vent. The suit will invert, tugging you, feet first, to the surface. Regardless of experience level, everyone starts by learning the same skills. “I make them put their nose on the pool floor, feet in the air, and mash down on the inflator,” he says. The challenge is to recover before reaching the surface. Success in the pool is followed by two dives at Monterey’s San Carlos Beach, aka Breakwater. The site’s bottom depth snakes from 20 to 40 feet repeatedly, forcing divers to constantly fine-tune buoyancy.