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Dry Suit in Caribbean?

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

  1. dtdiver

    dtdiver Solo Diver

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    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

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    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.
     
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  3. FinnMom

    FinnMom Divemaster Staff Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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