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Rash Guard Long sleeve or short sleeve?

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by twofor2, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. twofor2

    twofor2 Angel Fish

    I will be traveling to Florida in July and I plan on doing some reef dives. I hear the water is supposed to get up to mid 80s and im generally pretty good with the cold. "usually fine with a 7mm down to mid 40s" I was wondering if there is a big difference between the long sleeve or short sleeve rash guard or is it just preference at the end of the day. Thanks. OR would it even be crazy to wear no rash guard? But I do worry about my wing setup causing chaffing on bare skin
  2. tkaelin

    tkaelin Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: CT
    Normally I use a long sleeve just for the sun protection and to reduce areas I have to apply sunscreen.
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  3. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Also protects from any little stingers.
  4. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    A rash guard is relatively meaningless as far as providing warmth and insulation on a dive. It is all about the various skin protection(s) already mentioned. And then during surface intervals you may find you want to remove it or cover it up, rather than holding an extra layer of evaporating water on your torso chilling you down. (unless it dries really fast)
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  5. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    I won't use rash guard as thermal protection under water.
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  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    On the surface, I'm generally cold in a wet rash guard or hot in a dry one, lol
  7. NAUI Wowie

    NAUI Wowie Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Silicon Valley northern CA

    if you are doing wreck penetrations please use a full 3 mil. get one thats uber flexible like the cheaper but good henderson brand. get the 250% flexible not the older 75%

    does everything a longsleeve rashguard does including whole legs not just arm protection and itll prevent any cuts and bleeding in the water. You wont over heat even if you run hot. take it off at surface. you can always unzip it halfway down the back to get full water flow
  8. Divectionist

    Divectionist Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Gold Coast, Australia
    Instead of a useless rash guard I would recommend something with a bit of thermal capacity. It will enable you to always layer up or down as required.

    I use a long sleeve sharkskin underneath when it gets colder.
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  9. tep

    tep ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Diego CA USA
    In warm water (80F) I prefer a long sleeved rash guard as sun protection, for snorkeling and (some) diving. Otherwise especially if multiple dives over multiple days, go for the 3mm or even 5mm.
  10. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

    Don't buy a diving specific rash guard...go to tj-max or marshalls and look in their sportswear section for a lycra top that you can use as a rash guard...usually much less expensive.

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