There is not much that can prepare a diver for the feeling of their first drysuit dive. This is true whether it is in a pool or in the ocean. The closest feeling would be to put your hand into a plastic bag and put it in the kitchen sink or bathtub. No matter how many times we describe this to new students they are always amazed at the initial feeling (as we were).
This past weekend we got in the pool to do some PADI Drysuit Specialty Diver training. Once introductions & paperwork were done we watched a few videos on drysuit repair and care. Next we tried on equipment and went over gear setup and donning/doffing the drysuit. We conducted final kit checks and got into our drysuits for a short drive to the pool.
At the pool we went over the required skills as well as some additional skills that are always good to keep well oiled. Jeff did an excellent job in the pool and we are looking forward to getting in the ocean.