Do you prefer diving in cold or warm water?

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asked Jul 11, 2017 in Scuba Diving by cquade7 (3,269 points)
Do you prefer diving in cold or warm water? I love diving in warmer waters, I just like to be a little more free and not have a heavy wetsuit on.

6 Answers

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answered Jul 11, 2017 by kavanhorn (25 points)
I prefer diving in warm water. I have been in both cold and warm and I think warm wins out for me. When I dove in cold water I had to wear such heavy gear that it made the journey a bit uncomfortable. I will say though, both cold water and warm water dives have their own types of environments so it is always fun to dive in each.
commented Jul 12, 2017 by cquade7 (3,269 points)
same here, I agree that extra gear is a bit uncomfortable, and makes it difficult to move.
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answered Jul 12, 2017 by Brilliant1 (595 points)

I don't like the heavy gear.

I don't like shivering for hours, especially from a dive boat.

I like shallow reef dives, staying in as long as possible!
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answered Jul 12, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
65 is as cold as I care to be in. I only do the 65 because I like to dive in fresh water springs, they are always cold and crystal clear. I much prefer the warm clear water in and around mexico. Just swim trunks and about 6 lbs of weight.
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answered Jul 12, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
Being a CA native its all I have even known is cold water. I have never been to tropics, I am going to Hawaii this summer and will experience the warm water.  Now, be it cold and all the CA waters do offer some great diving especially the kelp forests. I think it is some of the best diving and yes I am partial. Hopefully HI doesn't ruin this cold water lover.
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answered Jul 25, 2017 by scubagirlie (613 points)
Cold water diving, anything less than 75 degrees F, is just not enjoyable. I am not interested in diving with a drysuit and my 7mil wetsuit requires so much extra weight.

I dive for enjoyment and cold water doesn't fit the bill.
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answered Aug 5, 2017 by Sascharay (133 points)
I only dive warm water now.   Monterey and Channel Islands are too cold for me.   I prefer indonsia, Caribbean, Central American, or mexico
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