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Brain-freeze Headache in Cold Water

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Brian Huff, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. Brian Huff

    Brian Huff Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: North Carolina
    I'm sure I will too as I progress. Being the first time I had used a hood, my understanding of a perfect fit was limited.
  2. tomfcrist

    tomfcrist NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Virginia, USA
    except to keep the limestone out of your ears...
  3. Neilwood

    Neilwood Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Scotland
    You might find that your hood needs trimming. I have had to do that a couple of times to prevent the mask &hood interfering with each other.

    The downside of hoods is a loss of a bit of the freedom of movement but that is more than made up for by the retention of heat. There is a trade off between thickness/heat retention and movement - the thicker the hood, the more heat it retains but the harder it is to move. What level of trade off you are willing to accept is up to you.
  4. Brian Huff

    Brian Huff Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: North Carolina
    A few folks have mentioned trimming it. I'll do some research and more testing to see if that's going to be needed.

  5. Ayisha

    Ayisha DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Toronto, Canada
    After you adjusted and pulled the hood back, did it creep back down and break the seal of your mask again?

    For me, I find the hood will push back down again, hence the slight trimming solving that problem.

    But of course, experiment before cutting.
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  6. Brian Huff

    Brian Huff Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: North Carolina
    Ayisha, it didn't actually. Once I figured out how to adjust everything, the dive went just fine, no additional flooding. Just the restriction of moving my head left/right/down.
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  7. Ksm8119

    Ksm8119 New

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Virginia
    Marie13, I've been looking at waterproof dive hoods, heard nothing but good things so far, just wondering on the fit I'm sorta in between size in your option if I go with the larger size do you think it will still be snug enough around the face?
  8. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: London
    If that helps there is a size guide on these page.

    also there is a warning that while the brand is Waterproof, the hood is not waterproof

    H1 Bibless Hood - 5-7mm

    Waterproof H1 5/7mm Bibless Vented Diving Hood

    Here in England, their gloves are really popular.
  9. Dominik_E

    Dominik_E Contributor

    I have a K01 hood, which is extremely warm.

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