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Dry Suit in Caribbean?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by tdchandl, Dec 11, 2014.

  1. dtdiver

    dtdiver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: rochester ny
    i always bring a 3mm hood, 5mm full suit . id rather be warm than hypothermic
    less risk of decomp problems too.
    they dont give awards for toughest diver
  2. spc751

    spc751 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: BC Canada
    I have never, ever, been warm enough in a wet suit that I wanted to cool off!

    ---------- Post added December 22nd, 2014 at 09:22 AM ----------

    I have made a number of trips to Riveria Maya and was always cold in a 3 mm wetsuit. This November I was diving in Hawaii in a 3 mm wetsuit and was always cold. In all cases some people were diving in swim trunks, some in 3 mm and some in 5 mm. It all depends on your personal tolerance to the cold.

    I don't know if I am going to Riveria Maya again this winter but if I do I will be taking my Fusion drysuit with me.
    gbf and TSandM like this.
  3. FinnMom

    FinnMom Divemaster Staff Member

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Finland
    I've used a drysuit for diving 28C water and surface temps in the 70s and 80s, but I don't own anything else just now.
    It couldn't have been that radical a decision because all our Egyptian guides were diving dry too, at least more the majority of dives. A membrane suit with just long underwear (sports/"technical" stuff that does not hold moisture) on underneath is comfortable is surprisingly warm temps. I'm also not so sure a drysuit is any hotter in the sunshine than a full wetsuit, it's also comfortable no matter how nippy a cold night dive, morning dive or wind might feel and really easy to rinse your hair, step out of the suit & go - no wet skin & no wet swimsuit.
    Keeping the suit and seals in proper repair is however a bigger concern whereas a hole in your wetsuit isn't a big deal.
  4. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace

    Yes -- the real downside of a dry suit for travel is the possibility of a failure you can't fix. I had a zipper go on a Mexican cave diving trip; not only was it not possible to rent a dry suit in the area, it wasn't possible to rent a thick wetsuit, either. All rentals were geared toward people who do short dives and few of them, so they were shorties and 3 mil full suits, which won't do me much good on 3 hour cave dives. Using a user-replaceable seal system solves the issue of torn seals, though, which is probably the biggest risk. Most shell suits can have small holes patched rather easily using duct tape as a temporary fix, so it's the seals and the zipper that can give you real grief.
  5. Rhone Man

    Rhone Man Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: British Virgin Islands

    Only one negative: you will be mocked (in a nice way) by everyone else in your group. But actually dry divers are becoming less and less rare in the Caribbean.

    ---------- Post added December 23rd, 2014 at 01:24 PM ----------

    ... and the hassle of humping it down there of course.
  6. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace

    In fact, my dry suits (any of them) do not weigh significantly more than a 5 mil suit (my minimum) and a set of X-shorts (for pockets) and a set of booties for my feet. We have weighed them all.

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