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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

    so consensus is buy a long sleeve for the UV protection? guess I don't see the benefit of buying a short sleeve one. Also most likely these dives wont go deep max 40 feet. Were also talking Florida so I expect the weather to be very humid and hot so I think a shortie would want to make me pass out
  2. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    Totally agreed.
    I use it for sun protection and immediately remove it if I can find a shady area! I also bought one size up so to give more ventilation!
    I could never understand why some rash guards are black in colour! Shouldn't it be in light colour so as to reflex light away?
    chillyinCanada likes this.
  3. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    Isn't black supposed to be "slimming"? Which speaks to another motivation for buying one that is a little loose rather than form fitting...
    Centrals and chillyinCanada like this.
  4. myshadeofred

    myshadeofred Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Virginia
    Hi..someone else mentioned the temp in Florida in July...and I agree, if you are good with a 7m in 40s...you are going to be warm in florida...but just for protection any type of rash guard shirt with long sleeves.
  5. 2airishuman

    2airishuman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Greater Minnesota
    I have several rashers and was using them a year ago when I was in Florida.

    For a typical "reef bimble" sort of dive in ~80 degree water I would either wear a rasher or swim trunks depending on the day. Rashers don't provide any warmth, at all. Their purpose is to block sun exposure and reduce the chances of getting a rash from exposure to various aquatic organisms that might be floating in the water.

    I also wear them swimming, kayaking, boating, etc.

    I like to wear a one-piece bodysuit-style rasher (with a front zipper) because it keeps the sun off and minimizes the amount of sunscreen I have to use. I usually have shorts or pants on over it when topside.

    I prefer them to fit tight for swimming or diving, because loose fabric creates drag.

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