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What to wear immediately after a dive?

Discussion in 'Women's Perspectives' started by Kimela, Aug 31, 2019.

  1. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
    We (both my wife and I) use the Terry Towel hooded beach robes. They have no front fastening so you dry yourself and then chuck one over your head.

    we pretty much stay in ours all day on liveabords, they’re also fantastic for warming you up after the first morning dive, or after the night dive.
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  2. ElizaDoolittle

    ElizaDoolittle Registered

    Oh, no! I can't stand two-piece swimsuits! But I've never found it too difficult to get out of my one-piece one. It's true that I've never tried to do so behind a towel or inside a poncho.

    :D:D:D I was thinking that a very flashy tie die T-shirt, probably of the "spiral" sort, might fix that problem. I'm already considering buying one, to be on the safe side if I end up having to walk around in a wet T-shirt.

    Thanks a lot for this very useful piece of advice! That's something I would probably have done otherwise.

    Do you think a rash guard under the wetsuit (upper part plus shorts) with no swimming suit might be a solution? They are supposed to dry very quickly, so I was wondering whether removing the wetsuit, draining as much water from the rash guard with a towel, and putting a T-shirt and loose trousers on top once it's reasonably dry might work. Or is there no difference between that and simply wearing a swimsuit directly under the wetsuit? Would it very uncomfortable to be dressed like that for hours after the dive?

    Off-topic P. S.: OWD theory lessons started yesterday! Wow! I can't wait to get in the water!
  3. pelan-pelan

    pelan-pelan Contributor

    I don't know from personal experience but I don't recall anyone using a rash guard instead of a swimsuit. They can be pretty tight and probably very hot in warm weather. Conventional seems to be swimwear. And they can't all be wrong. I know you hate tankinis although it is difficult to tell the difference from one piece, but have you considered the need to - err -relieve yourself. Nothing like whipping down the knickers rather than having to strip off from the top. And if it's under a wetsuit, or under a towel, who can tell whether it a one piece or a tankini.
  4. ElizaDoolittle

    ElizaDoolittle Registered

    Of course! I'm not claiming to be right, only wondering what I could do.

    I can! :D:D It may sound funny, but I'm not so concerned with what other people see (though, of course, I don't want them to see too much) as with what I feel. Besides, it looks like it's more likely to get a two-piece suit inadvertently removed when trying to peel of your wetsuit than a one-piece suit. Anyway, as you mentioned, I'll pay attention to what people who know say. I'll still use my old one-piece for the OWD course I'm doing, and consider something better for afterwards.
  5. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    tankini's are the cat's meow

    I get stressed when I sense that they might be going out of style. I must have a dozen

    Did I talk to you about lycra socks for in your booties?
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  6. CathyE

    CathyE Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ontario
    I’m with chilly on this one, style be damned, I have at least 12 tanktinis.
    I will no longer dive without my Lycra socks.
    I have a large oversized windbreaker I can change under if needed and a microfibre towel. I also don’t dive without my Lycra skin, no sunscreen required that way.
  7. living4experiences

    living4experiences ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tigard, Oregon
    I will do anything to get the wet swimwear off of me. There is no level of comfort I've ever achieved from hoping things will dry while I walk around, especially in the butt and crotch.

    Side Note: Amazon has a variety of the hooded terry beach robes. Coincidentally, I'm shopping for one for my upcoming trip.
  8. ElizaDoolittle

    ElizaDoolittle Registered

    I'm a bit confused about this. What is the difference between a lycra skin and a rash guard? Do you wear a swimming suit under the lycra skin? Maybe I was thinking of a lycra skin and I thought it was a rash guard when I asked whether one could be worn directly under the wetsuit.
  9. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    male perpespective here. When I dive wet I wear a speedo so less fabric to absorb water. I get out of the water, remove my gear and wetsuit, pat dry and towel off, then wrap a towel around me. With the towel on I dissamble my gear pausing to pat and rub the area of the swimsuit. I find by the time I'm done dissambling and packing the gear the towel has absorbed most of the water and I can throw on a pair of shorts or jeans without getting getting wet butt.
  10. CathyE

    CathyE Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ontario
    I think of a rash guard as just a top (my opinion only). My skin is ankle to wrist to neck and if the water is warm enough (28c) I will forgo the wetsuit. I don’t think a skin has any thermal value.
    I do wear a tanktini under it, but it is amazing how much easier it is to don and doff the wetsuit when wearing a skin, it also eliminates any ‘wardrobe malfunctions’. :)
    I am fair and will burn in minutes so I leave it on between dives, it dries very quickly.

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