Water is a great conductor of heat. It conducts heat twenty-five times faster than air, which is why we use it in our central-heating systems. However the same thing applies when we are surrounded by water. It conducts away heat very quickly and no matter how tropical it may be, unless the water is as warm as your normal skin temperature, you will eventually get chilled. The right suit for the prevailing conditions will keep you comfortable. You may only need a skin, or maybe a 3mm neoprene wetsuit, but it will make all the difference between a long and relaxed dive and maybe one that is shorter and ends with the shivers. People vary greatly in their physical make-up together with their tolerance for discomfort so there are no strict rules. While a 3mm suit might be right for one person, another might demand a 7mm-thick wetsuit. Ocean Leisure stocks a range of suits from the lightest of lightweight dive-skins through to the warmest of warm drysuits. What is really important is that whichever suit you choose, it fits you properly and the changing rooms at Ocean Leisure are busy with people checking just that. Luckily, the modern materials from which these suits are made of are so flexible that these suits are easy to slip in and out of. You may feel comfortable swimming in nothing more than a skimpy swimming costume but another advantage of a diving suit is that is makes the wearing of scuba equipment much more comfortable and it also stops your skin from getting inadvertently damaged by knocks against coral or rocky substrate. Abrasions to your epidermis can be significant especially in the tropics as there are a plethora of pathogens in sea-water. Your skin is your first line of defence and a break in this can lead to infections that can end up being more than inconvenient. Not only that but a wetsuit can protect you against the ravages of man-eating plankton too. This minute zoo-plankton is formed from tiny animals that inhabit all tropical seas and in some areas its irritating effect is known as sea-itch. That’s why we tend to recommend a full-length suit. A dry suits keep you dry while the insulation against the cold is provided by the garments worn underneath it. This can vary from a mere thin woollen undergarment that one might wear in Egypt’s Red Sea in the colder months to the full nine-yards of a thick undersuit more suitable for use in Britain’s chilly waters. If you are surprised at the suggestion to wear a drysuit in Egypt, bear in mind that while the water temperature might be equable, a cold wind can blow off the desert and this can leave those who climb out of their damp wetsuits feeling quite chilly while the drysuit user is still comfortable and warm. Some people will tell you that the fit of a drysuit is less important. We disagree. A properly fitting drysuit will allow you to swim as freely as you would in a wetsuit. Whichever suit you choose, make sure it’s one that fits you properly. Spend time trying on more than one. The helpful people that form the staff at Ocean Leisure are there to help you choose the suit that’s right for you and the water in which you will be diving.
Choosing a Suit for Diving.
This entry was posted on 10th February 2015.