What's the coldest water temp you will wetsuit in??

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  1. garydemos

    garydemos Angel Fish

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    Living in Ohio the local diving options are quarries (unless you live by Lake Erie). When I did my OW dives last October the quarry water temp was 58. I had a 7 mm farmer john WS and after 2 dives was getting a little COLD. Since I'll no doubt do a fair amount of diving in Ohio I'm either getting a nice 7 mm WS or saving up for a drysuit. I know all you drysuit divers seem to really like them but is it reasonable to think I can get a lot of diving in with a good 7 mm suit? Right now the Circleville quarry water temp is 40 degrees. I don't think I want to attempt that in a wetsuit, right???

    Gary
     
  2. Thalassamania

    Thalassamania Diving Polymath ScubaBoard Supporter

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    With a properly designed and constructed suit, made out of the right material, a 40 degree dive is no problem. Unfortunately a Rubatex, skin two sides, farmer john, attached hood, custom suit is hard to come by these days. I used such a suit in the Arctic for dives of up to an hour with no problem, and that's way colder than 40.
     
  3. grantwiscour

    grantwiscour Regular of the Pub

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    That seems cold to me. I have dived in 54 degree water and it wasn't too bad. I had on a triple layer of wetsuits a hood and gloves.

    I have heard that the Henderson Aqualock in a 7 mil is a good system and may be worth investigating for your needs but for 40 degree water temp a drysuit is probably the most comfy way to go.
     
  4. fjpatrum

    fjpatrum Surface Interval Member

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    So far it's been about 41 or 42F. Too cold... I won't do it often but I'll still do it. Some day, maybe I'll get a dry suit but it's not likely in the near future. I've decided the low 50s is cold enough for me for any "regular" diving. Special dives I might go colder again, but only rarely.

    EDIT: I have on a lot more than 7 mm when diving that cold, though my buddies are usually diving 7mm or dry. (I get too cold for that little protection in cold water.)
     
  5. fdog

    fdog ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I hit the wall at 74 degrees and switch to a dry suit when scuba diving.

    I am not normal though...! I am "King of the cold weenies".


    All the best, James
     
  6. diveprof

    diveprof Regular of the Pub

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    I've been diving down to 40F in a wetsuit. This year has been nice - not much below 50F. I agree with Thalassamania, since everything has has gone super stretch for (alleged) "comfort", finding one that is actually warm has been a challenge. I always thought "comfort" meant warm, but apparently "comfort" means very stretchy and easy to put on.
     
  7. ajtoady

    ajtoady ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I used to do 33-34* F fresh water in a 7mm/ hooded vest, socks, booties, hood, etc. Load up with warm water and a 45-50 min dive was no problem. Second dive would reload and be able to do about 45 min. Depth is one of your enemies as it compresses the neoprene, thus no insulation. Other drawback was standing in the 15-20* breeze changing into dry clothes. I have since moved onto a drysuit and gotta say it's a whole lot nicer in the cold waters!!
     
  8. Thalassamania

    Thalassamania Diving Polymath ScubaBoard Supporter

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    In my older age I join the weenies, dry suit for me much below 60.
     
  9. RTee

    RTee Divemaster

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    Around here some folks will take their Ice diving course wearing full length 7mm wetsuit with an additional 7mm sleeveless shorty with hood, boots and mitts in 39F water. At the local quarry, diving schools will resume OW outdoors certification dives in May at a time where water temp will hover around 43 - 45 F at 60 ft or so and low 50s in the shallower portion.

    Refering to my logbook, I got OW certified in 41F water wearing such thermal protection in 78 and one would think technology has somewhat improved since then. Mind you, this was done at a time when no men ever considered waxing. Two years ago, I did upgrade to a drysuit for diving in certain conditions however, I do not hesitate to wear my 7mm full length with either a Bare Chicken vest or a hood in Low 60s water for other types of dives (drift dives through submerged locks for example).
     
  10. nolatom

    nolatom Manta Ray

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    But only if it's 60 at the safety stop.
     
  11. RTee

    RTee Divemaster

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    Hey Hey...you must then know Jax...the Queen of the Wussies...:cold:
    :cold::cold:
     
  12. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Surface Interval Member

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    what ajtoady said... did if for years. the benefit of a DS is the SI bliss when the weather is so-so, or the second and even.... gulp... the third dive..... routinely did the 2 dive days wet below a 39 degree thermocline. Feet suffered the most, hands were next. The rest was good, but a DS is just heaven!
     
  13. garydemos

    garydemos Angel Fish

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    I like the idea of the additional shorty with hood. That would give double thermal help in your core. I wore a separate hood when I did the OW cert dives and cold water entered behind my neck which didn't feel too good. The shorty with a hood should eliminate that issue.
     
  14. Saxatilis

    Saxatilis Nassau Grouper

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    I have done several dives in the mid 40's while wearing a farmer John style 7mm wetsuit. Occasionally got a little chilled but was otherwise fine. I decided to go dry for the days when it is unlikely I will warm up during my surface interval (air temp. 40-50ish, rain, snow,etc.). Started diving dry and all of a sudden the length of my dive season got a whole lot bigger. Have not dove wet since, not even on vacation dives.
     
  15. RTee

    RTee Divemaster

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    Gary, I think the proper term is Hooded Vest. Here is an example...hope the link works.

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  16. tadawson

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    I've done 32 degrees in lake Superior (it was slush on the surface . . . about 2 foot rollers, trust me, it was 32, and no better . . .) in a 1/4" full farmer john suit with a cold water hood, and while it was not my idea of fun, it wasn't too bad. My forehead felt like someone was hammering a nail into it, but the rest of me was fine, just so I remembered to avoid any sudden movements . . . .

    That was in 1978, and dry suits were in their infancy. Now, I'll definitely do that dry, but it doesn't mean it can't be done, if, as others have mentioned, you can find the right suit.

    - Tim
     
  17. vancouverdiver

    vancouverdiver Nassau Grouper

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    I would suggest saving your money for now. Get some dives in and then make sure you love diving. Then, why wouldn't you get a drysuit? Yes, you can dive in a wetsuit, but a drysuit will increase your enjoyment level 100%. You will be warmer, your sac rate will be better, and you can concentrate on looking for sea life rather than concentrating on staying warm. Since you won't be as cold, you would also be less susceptible to dcs.
     
  18. Xaryo

    Xaryo Barracuda

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    same thing here.

    50-60 minutes in a 14 mm wetsuit. in 33F water. been there, done that, don't want to do it again, I have a dry suit now.
     
  19. modzs

    modzs Nassau Grouper

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  20. Kilili

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    A lot depends on your body metabolism and how active you are in the water. I have been in cold down to about 47 degrees in 7 mil, and rarely felt very cold.

    When I took up underwater photography, I moved a lot less, and got cold much faster. With age, I also became more susceptible. Even long-term diving in warm water had an Impact, making cold harder to tolerate. Now, I stick to warm water. Being cold in the water is no fun.

    I know a dive master in Indonesia that wears a 5 mil hooded wetsuit, and the water there is typically about 80 degrees or so. He gets cold sometimes.

    You may be fine in 7 mil, but when in doubt, go for the drysuit.
     

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