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Diving in Hot Water, dive skin or rash guard?

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by Bierstadt, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Bierstadt

    Bierstadt Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Erie, PA
    I am a confirmed cold water Great Lakes diver. I am pleased as punch to dive wet in 30F's, the 40F's are balmy, 50F's call for a light wetsuit, and once the water hits the upper 60F's it's swimsuit weather. But this month my buddies have talked me into going to North Carolina. I have been told that the water is 80F. I am told I ought to wear something to protect against sun and water critters. In 80F water... How is a polar bear supposed to dress for 80F water????

    I have read article after article explaining how a dive skin can keep you warm. But I need a protective layer to keep me cool. Looks like I ought to get the thinnest lycra skin or rash guard/pants combo I can find, very preferably one that is not sun-sucking black. A nice white polar bear color would be perfect, if it existed. Best option (I think) I have found so far is a light blue camo rash guard set from Cressi. Can one of our warm water folks warn me what the best choice is for staying unburnt, unstung, and unpoached?
  2. D_Fresh

    D_Fresh ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    I would say a rash guard/pants combo would be what you're looking for. But there's one caveat... How are the jellyfish in that area? With separate top and bottoms, it could be possible to have a jelly get up into the shirt... on the other hand, if one goes down the neck, you can flush it out the bottom of the shirt.... So pros and cons there...

    Keep in mind that it doesn't have to be Dive skins or proper rash guard material... you could use something like the Under Armour Heat gear, which comes readily in white, fits pretty snug (preventing anything from getting in the sleeves/neck), and would feel amazing when it's wet on the surface in a light breeze. Could use just about anything that fits well and isn't too baggy (ladies often use yoga clothing, but us fellas might look a little silly....LOL)
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  3. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    In the summer, our water temps can hit 35c/95F, The warmest I have ever seen on a dive is 39c/102F and I wear a short sleeved rash guard with tech shorts....and get as deep as possible to get cool.
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