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wetsuit thickness?

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by Divenut1959, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. UFOrb

    UFOrb Barracuda

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    I’ll try again!...

    4 dives per day... so liveaboard around Similans, Surin, Mergui Archipelago?

    The OP has said he'll be diving from day boats out of Phuket, max 3 dives per day.
    He also said he was comfortable in a 3mm in water temps of 78F (25-26C) and was thinking 3mm might be too much for Thailand.
    Are you still advocating a 5mm full in that case?
     
  2. String

    String Master Instructor

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    A 5mm or possibly a 7mm yes.
    Seeing far too many shaking, freezing customers and people skipping dives at the moment, especially in the 24-25c.

    Ive still never seen a single person too hot on a dive anywhere in the world. I have however seen hundreds too cold on a dive in many places.
     
  3. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

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    Agreed with you about not being able to get too warm.

    But recommending a thick suit knowing the OP goes to an area where the water is 29 centigrade, because your customers are cold in a different area with much colder water, simply makes no sense.
     
  4. Barmaglot

    Barmaglot Manta Ray

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    :shocked:
    7mm in Thailand?
    I won't claim that no one uses such wetsuits there, but in five trips, I have yet to see one.

    I went to a Red Sea liveaboard last October, and fearing that it might get chilly, I bought a 5mm hooded two-piece suit beforehand. Did two dives with it and hated every moment. Getting in and out of it was a chore, I had to carry a bunch of extra weights, my buoyancy was all over the place, and yes - I did get hot in it. The hood was particularly annoying, as it muffled the hissing of air entering my BCD - I never realized that I relied on that as feedback, but it turns out that I do. Fortunately I packed my 3mm shorty, which I used for the rest of the trip without issues.
     
  5. Mr. Sunday

    Mr. Sunday Instructor, Scuba

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    I’m here now and just got off the boat. The water was considerably colder than usual. About 78-79f. Not just the typical thermalclimes. I used a 3mm full and rash guard but wish I had had a hood or vest to add. Which of course I left in Khao Lak thinking I would not need. I do get cold pretty easily after 4 dives a day back to back. Water was green and very bad visibility. Hope you get better than we did.
     
  6. UFOrb

    UFOrb Barracuda

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    Don't forget the OP is not planning a liveaboard out of Khao Lak, he'll be diving day boats out of Phuket.
    stevenl has already confirmed the water is warming up in that area (currently 29c I believe), where they are not as exposed to ocean currents.
     
  7. Mr. Sunday

    Mr. Sunday Instructor, Scuba

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    Dive all those as well. Water was a bit warmer perhaps but the conditions just as bad.
     
  8. UFOrb

    UFOrb Barracuda

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    Shame. Did you see any big stuff to make up for the poor vis?
     
  9. Mr. Sunday

    Mr. Sunday Instructor, Scuba

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    Unfortunately no. Vis was similar to what I would expect in Seattle. Pea Soup....

    Still had fun and met some great people. Headed to Komodo for round two liveaboard on Saturday. Hopefully makes up for it.
     
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  10. UFOrb

    UFOrb Barracuda

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    Same as here in Brighton too then! But warmer than both at least!!!
     
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