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Exposure protection for Kona liveaboard

Discussion in 'Hawai'i' started by Kamaros, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. grantwiscour

    grantwiscour Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kona Coast, Big Island of Hawaii
    The 5 mil should be nice and toasty. We were diving this past Saturday and used just a Lavacore top and bottom. It got a little chilly near the end of the dive.
  2. DanSinks

    DanSinks Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Massachusetts
    The water temp in New England never gets to 75 and there are plenty of people who dive all summer without drysuits.
    I use a 3mm if the temp is a toasty 70.
  3. Kamaros

    Kamaros DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Mountain View, California
    After consulting with a few more people (including one of the instructors at my LDS, who previously taught in Hawaii), I ended up just bringing the 5mm, with a drysuit hood, Lavacore top, and some neoprene pocket shorts. While some of the initial cold shocks before the water in the suit had a chance to heat up were pretty chilly (mitigated somewhat after I wisened up and started prefilling my wetsuit with hot shower water before dives), overall the combination of all those pieces was sufficiently warm enough to last me all 27 dives. I definitely appreciated the Lavacore top though - I tried diving without it and regretted it that dive.

    Thanks to everyone who responded for the advice!
    KathyV and wnissen like this.

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