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How much extra neoprene for repetitive dives on liveaboard?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Esprise Me, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. <*)))><

    <*)))>< Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Here
    I've done multiple Caribbean LOB trips including T&C. Bring the 7mm IMHO.
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  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Have things changed in the 3 years since I was certified? I was taught a hot shower/hot tub right after diving was a big no-no as it could contribute to DCI.
  3. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

    Ya, you still don't want to be doing that.
  4. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

    Ask Kamala what she thinks is appropriate. I'm sure she's done this itinerary and then some before!

    I enjoyed the Explorer II. Sadly, I was coming down with a cold and had to sit out half of the week. I'd always meant to get back but it hasn't happened.
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  5. Neilwood

    Neilwood Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Scotland
    If you go with a 7mm I doubt you will need anything with it.

    I would agree with the socks though (although I use cotton ones and not lycra ones). The combination of softened skin and a lot of heel movement was not a good combination. I found that wearing booties and diving 4 times a day was creating sores on the sides of my Achilles tendon through movement. Adding socks helped a great deal - never had the issue again.
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  6. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    There are various Lycra socks out there. I have the ones from XS Scuba. I found it more comfortable to turn them inside out so the seam is on the outside.
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  7. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ontario Canada

    Just checking my logbook...dove with Caicos Adventure Divers...West Caicos wall...multiple dives...December 23rd/24th...2015...

    Full 3mm Pinnacle steamer...7mm hood...as I only have 7mm dry-hoods...light gloves...5mm boots...

    Air temp was 78 F...surface temp 76 F...temp at depth...110 feet...76 F...

    No problems with the 3mm as far as feeling cold...

    Hang your suit inside out between dives...let the wind blow it dry...it will dry very quickly...

    You're going to love it...


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  8. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    A lot of good information so far, surprised however that nobody has mentioned a lightweight drysuit :D

    While doing multiple dives in Lembeh a few years ago the water temps were around 26C as opposed to 28C across at Bunaken and Bangka, and I was noticeably colder at the end of the day in my 3mm + hooded vest. All the guides were wearing 5mm suits and when I return to Lembeh I'll be bringing a 5mm suit as well as a hooded vest.

    Having a spare dry wetsuit for the second set of dives after lunch is also a good idea, so two 3mm suits + hooded vest might also be an option.

    Back to the drysuit option, you will need some spare undergarments though. I traveled with my drysuit a few weeks ago to Cyprus and after two days of diving I really needed to do some laundry, which might not be an option on a LOB.
  9. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Good point. I'll hold off or make it a warm shower only. I remember learning that, but it's never come up because I've never had a shower or hot tub near the dive site.
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  10. Darnold9999

    Darnold9999 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Victoria BC Canada
    Did the Red Sea in March a couple of years ago. Was in a Fusion with minimal undergarments and was perfect. Everyone on the boat was amused the first day and envious by the last. Many more $ than a spare wetsuit however. And temps were a bit colder as well.

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