Scuba Diving Wetsuit

 

 

Scuba diving Wetsuit


Water conducts hear away from the body about 25 times quicker than air so the use of a scuba diving wetsuit is quiet normal when diving in any body of water. What most likely will vary from tropical locations to those more cold are the length of the wetsuit and the thickness of the material.

 One common misconception with scuba diving wetsuits is that it is the water that gets into the suit that keeps you warm. This is totally untrue and it is actually air trapped between the neoprene layers of the wetsuit that insulates you from the cold. In fact modern wetsuits are so well sealed at the neck and limbs that only a very small amount of water actually gets into it these days.

 I find even when I am scuba diving  in tropical locations such as Bali or Thailand that I would not be without a scuba diving wetsuit. After about 20 minutes of bottom time in these locations I would be way to cold to stay down any longer with out a wetsuit.

 In these tropical locations I tend to just use the shortie variety of scuba diving wetsuit which basically just covers your main body and has short sleeves and cut off legs to it. This style of suit is only about 3mm in thickness and allows a lot more water into it because it does not seal at the leg, arm and neck openings.

 These are fine and give enough warmth however for tropical scuba diving. They also offer a measure of protection from anything in the water that may cause a sting to the unwary. On that note it is sometimes worth considering taking a full body scuba diving wetsuit to these places as well.

 These days the full body wetsuit comes in a variety of thicknesses from 2mm to 7 mm depending on the water temperature you will be scuba diving in. These scuba diving wetsuits are so well sealed at the neck, hand and ankles that only a small amount of water manages to seep into them during your dive.

 They seal so well in fact that they are now called semi-dry suits instead of wetsuits.

 The other main style of scuba diving wetsuit available is commonly called the farmer John. It is called this because it resembles a pair of overalls with a long sleaved jacket to go over them. The reason behind this style of suit is to allow greater material thickness over the torso to increase insulation. These suits are mainly used in cold water diving situations where the extra warmth will be appreciated.

 If you find you are wearing a similar style and thickness scuba diving wetsuit to others on your dive boat and you still feel cold it may be that you need a hood. Up to 20 percent of body heat can be lost through your head and for some people this can be a problem.

 I had a friend who dived with us have this happen to him. He found that after being down for about 20 minutes it was getting to cold for him. Just by the simple addition of a hood to his dive kit the problem was solved.

 For scuba divers not being cold beats not being cool any day. If you are going to make a mistake when buying a scuba diving wetsuit buy one that is too thick rather than too thin.