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Late-season (cold weather) diving

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by archer1960, Nov 23, 2015.

  1. Hawkwood

    Hawkwood MSDT ScubaBoard Supporter

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    As long as there is no ice forming and we can keep warm between dives, we can dive late into the year. We will have a hiatus between the time the ice starts to form and it becomes thick enough to support weight.

    I'm off on Friday for a couple of dives. Water temp is around 4C, but the surface temps on Friday should be about -4C. There is a cook shelter and we have lots of fire wood. No fooling around between getting up and out of the water and hustling to the cook shack.
     
  2. archer1960

    archer1960 Contributor

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    Location: Southern New England, USA
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    Yeah, I can see how boat diving could have very different requirements from the shore diving I do. I got nice and warm (a bit over-warm, actually) on the surface swim back in yesterday; the dive leader over-compensated for the current, and we came up a ways from our intended exit point. Needing to just float waiting for a boat would have been a very different situation for sure. I'm sure I would have been fine for at least an hour, but beyond that it would be a little iffy, and our water was significantly warmer than yours.
     
  3. BCSGratefulDiver

    BCSGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Late fall and winter are my favorite time to dive. Water temps in Puget Sound never go above mid-50's, and it's 48-50F right now depending on where you go ... with surface temps running somewhat lower than that. It'll get down to mid-40's by March, and then start going up again in late April/early May. I prefer diving this time of year due to (a) better vis, (b) ease of finding a parking spot at my dive site of choice, and (c) some of my favorite things to see are critters that tend to be more easily found this time of year.

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
     
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  4. archer1960

    archer1960 Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Southern New England, USA
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    Your winter water temps are much warmer than ours, but your summers are cooler. Our winter water temps might go down to ~35F or so by Feb, but in late summer will be ~70 - 72.
     
  5. rivers

    rivers PADI Pro

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    There's an end to the dive season? My local quarry usually bottoms out at about 4*C, the sea around 7*C, and a few of the shallower inland sites may very well freeze over.
    I'll most likely even do a few 40ishm dives with a bit of deco so as soon as the weather improves, water temperature warms up a bit, and the boats are going further afield, i'm dived up enough to enjoy some dives with vis before the plankton bloom hits and dredging resumes.
     
  6. archer1960

    archer1960 Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Southern New England, USA
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    Well, there seems to be for many divers around here! The numbers of people who show up for group dives go way down after about the beginning of October. During the depths of winter, most of the fresh water freezes over (though often not thick enough to walk on except near the shore), and even many of the protected salt water coves will get iced over. In a cold winter, even the salt water may freeze thick enough to walk out on.
     
  7. DogDiver

    DogDiver Contributor

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    That's why I moved to Florida. I can dive 72 degree water with 150 feet of visibility every day of the year. [emoji41]
    Within a 30 minute drive.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  8. Hawkwood

    Hawkwood MSDT ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Got me beat.
     
  9. jbomb001

    jbomb001 Solo Diver

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    I'll stop when the ice is too thick for my saw...
    Although right now I'm fighting a cold so I've been grounded for 2 weeks and will likely be done for at least one more week
    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G870A using Tapatalk
     
  10. Jumana Ameeri

    Jumana Ameeri Registered

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    wow you guys sure do have alot of cold tolerance.. i wish i could do that!
    a 5mm wetsuit in 18C was too much for me to handle February of this year.. then i tried a 3mm in 25C and i did feel quite shivery towards the end of the second dive! in my country winters get down to 15C that could be the reason why:idk:
     
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