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Do you need a Wet Suit for 60ft in the Carribean?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by 00wabbit, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. 00wabbit

    00wabbit Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Anywhere,USA
    I'm a naturally insulated person and I was wondering if I will need a wetsuit in the Carribean? I signed up for dives from the cruise ship excursions. They are max 55 to 60ft mostly shallower and not too long. I have all my own equipment except a wetsuit.

    I did my open water certification in a quarry where the water got down to 61. I was wearing a 2piece 7mil suit. At times I actually found it too warm. I would pull the arm and leg seals to let the cool water in. I am naturally insulated and I tend to get warm easily.

    What do you think? I have signed up for 2 tank dives on 4 different days. I think I might go without the wetsuit the first day to see how it goes. Then if I get chilly I will rent the following days?
    In liue of a wet suit I am thinking of just getting a long sleeve exposure shirt to help block the sun and protect against minor scrapes. Also so I don't blind the other divers with my white belly :)
  2. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Murphy Cove, NS ,CANADA (Eastern Shore-Atlantic)
    The Caribbean water temps. can vary from maybe 75 to 85F depending on location. Your plan seems OK. I brought only my body suit for abrasion protection but was fine in 76F. Of course everyone is different regarding cold. You'll know for sure the second trip.
  3. dmoore19

    dmoore19 Denizen of the PUB ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Colorado, United States
    I would at least use a rash guard. Protects against sunburn and also stinging things. If it isn't warm enough you can rent a wetsuit. If the cold doesn't bother you at least a rash guard will protect your "white belly" and the other divers.:D

    They are inexpensive and easy to pack taking almost no space and weigh very little.

    Neo Sport by Henderson Lycra Skin Suit
  4. Kryssa

    Kryssa Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Sunnyvale, CA
    What month of the year? What area of the Caribbean? 76F is a lot different than 82F. The form, I'd say see if you can rent one. The latter, you should be fine :)
  5. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kihei, Maui & Vancouver, WA
    I would definitely agree that some sort of exposure protection is a good idea. There are lots of hydroids and little jellies that you can come in contact with unintentionally that will leave nice stings on unprotected skin.
  6. Carlos Danger

    Carlos Danger Manta Ray

    I'm the same way and usually dive in just a rashguard and some boardshorts; perfect combo when using an AL80 or AL100. Never really get cold, and have better bouyancy. I might wear a 2mm shorty when using a ST120 due to the core temperature drop that can happen on longer dives, and for help with bouyancy when using a heavier tank.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2012
  7. Splitlip

    Splitlip Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Jupiter
    I don't know when or where you are diving, but even in the best of conditions, you'll want full body protection as others have stated. Sun and critters.

    I really, really like the Scubapro .5mm steamer. You are not "hot" at the surface, nor in the water. But that half mil actually helps even in 84 degree water.

    The typical nylon skins would offer protection against sun and stings, but you'll look so much better in neoprene than nylon. Nothing is worth doing unless you're looking cool doing it.
  8. RonFrank

    RonFrank Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Conifer, CO
    I always wear a exposure suit for protection against fire coral, jellyfish, and monsters! Its cool to have a deep tan and dive in shorts until your body is covered by welts and rashes!
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  9. caribean-ted

    caribean-ted Barracuda

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Barrie, ont Canada
    I dove Jamaica, ocho rios in march this year, no suit just bcd and tanks etc... It was very comfortable to 150 ft. No change in temps as far as I could tell and I hate the cold!!

    Best to ask someone from the place your diving from, they will know for sure and can give you all the info you need.
  10. farsidefan1

    farsidefan1 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Salt Lake Valley, Utah USA
    I started out wearing just a T shirt in the following locations: Belize in December, water temp about 80 (2 dives per day), Roatan in May, water temps in low 80s (4 dives per day), Bahamas in July water the mid 80s (2 dives per day), Red sea in September, water temps in 77 (2 dives per day. During all these dives I just figured that a little shivering was the standard way to feel , more as the week wore on. After the red sea however I decided that was stupid. I am also naturally insulated (I'm writing this from my hosptal bed 6 days after bypass surgery) so I'm going to try to reduce that factor. I got my weighting and trim down to where my air lasted pretty well (sac rate .55 to .60) during that first trip to Roatan. I then purchased a custom wetshirt (off the rack does not fit well at 5' 11" and 245). Using the shirt on subsiquent trips to Roatan, Fiji, GBR etc. I no longer end dives shivering and my sac rate dropped again down to between .38 and .5 so now I am one of those divers for whom an al 80 lasts as long as needed. Hope this is helpful for your decision making process. Happy diving.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2012
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