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How to get warm in 57-degree Fahrenheit water

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by FPDocMatt, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Zesty

    Zesty Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Farmington Hills, MI
    "Dry or Die"! Great Lakes are a chilly place even in the summer - while a drysuit requires some additional focus and some up-front costs, they are very manageable and over the long haul, very durable and can offer more value than a wetsuit in my opinion
  2. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Disagree. People of different locales have different tolerances. I grew up in NY, but after a few years living in N. Canada minus 40 winters I was badly affected by summer temps. when returning to NY. I'm sure diving is the same. In my 7 mil at 45-50F water I'm comfortable, not at all toughing it out. My farmer john (used bought '06) cost $165 & still does the job.
  3. j2s

    j2s Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: florida
    Think hot chocolate a little bit before you go in the water [and after you exit the water].....NOT tea, NOT alchohol, hot chocolate !!!!!...Triple strength...Everyone's tolerance to temp.'s is difference...If a proper fitting wetsuit works for you, use it...If not go drysuit.....
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  4. scubajim 1

    scubajim 1 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: St Lucie County Florida
    During the buddy check I hope the lp inflator hose for your BCD got attached.
  5. beaverdivers

    beaverdivers ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    Yes, you can dive in cold water and not be cold.

    It is your decision, if you decide to restrict your diving to warm water.

    You are a small person probably with a low % of body fat. ( Good for you )
    Smaller people get cold easier. Fat people stay warmer.

    Have you ever seen a skinny walrus?

    For me water below 80F is cold water. At 78F, the water is 20F colder than your body. As you know you lose heat 25 times faster in water.

    If I were you, I would get a Semi-Dry Scubapro Nova Scotia.

    This suit is cut to fit people in good shape like you.

    You would be smart to dive this suit in water from 65F - 80F.

    You could dive it in colder water on shorter dives.

    Then if you want to commit to really cold water, get a drysuit. The EverDry 4 is an option.

    I will be diving in 93F this weekend, no suit needed.
  6. FPDocMatt

    FPDocMatt Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Middletown, Maryland, USA
    Yes, when I was diving in Spain in 57-degree water both of the instructors I dove with had semi-dry suits on.

    Certainly if I had one of these, I'd be able to save money by diving closer to home.

    Thanks for the suggestion.
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  7. mx201er

    mx201er Registered

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Butte MT
    I live in Montana; In the hottest parts of summer, the lakes here are usually ~53. I have a 7mm wetsuit that has "farmer johns" basically bib overalls, with another 7mm upper body part that goes over it. So from halfway up your thighs to your neck is double 7mm, and it keeps me pretty warm. I have dove in 42 degree water with it, and it was definitely cold but doable!
  8. LowDrag

    LowDrag Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Portland, Oregon
    Hey Matt, my wife and I have found a few dry suits online for a very reasonable price. If you haven't looked at them, there are neoprene suits, bi-lam suits and tri-lam suits and probably even many more different suits. My my wife and I are looking at Bare's bag type suit for it's durability and price. Good luck if you go dry, I know I am looking forward to it. Then again, I am a cold weather wimp...LOL!!!
  9. FPDocMatt

    FPDocMatt Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Middletown, Maryland, USA
    You know, that's a good point, the farmer johns are going to be warmer than just having a full suit on under or over a shorty, as I was dressed in Spain.
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  10. mx201er

    mx201er Registered

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Butte MT
    My first OW cert dive I borrowed a 7mil that my dive teacher had, and was freezing. I put another over that the next day and was still cold, mostly because they were too loose. The fit really makes a difference.
    Then I bought mine, ( Buy XS Scuba pyrostretch 2 piece combo MS750PS-MD with reviews at scuba.com ), I love it and really can't afford a dry suit on a college kid budget.

    If you can get a dry suit that would probably best, but wetsuits like these are a great cheap alternative!

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