Always get chilled in 60 deg water.. any guidance on something other than spending $3k for a dry suit?

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asked Aug 16, 2017 in Scuba Diving by Davidb (1,816 points)

3 Answers

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answered Aug 16, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
It all depends on your tolerance to cold. I guess if you never dove in colder water it may be more impacting than others who are used to it. 60 is typical here in CA and most do fine in a 7mm full suit with hood gloves and booties. The important thing to remember is there is a huge difference in wetsuit quality and warmth not all 7mm suits are equal. I dive a 5mm suit that is actually warmer than my older 7mm and more flexible.  There are some semi dry suits out there, I dont know much about them but it may be worth checking out.
commented Aug 17, 2017 by Davidb (1,816 points)
thanks, and the hood and gloves make a lot of sense!
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answered Aug 17, 2017 by frontbeast (2,220 points)
i scuba in 9 degrees Celsius in wetsuit. 7mm. and it works amazing.
commented Aug 17, 2017 by Boingo (5 points)
7 mm here as well. Obviously with a hood, or cap as well.
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answered Sep 19, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
I would look for warmer places to dive lol. Just kidding, the only 60 degree water I dive in is in lakes in Arkansas and that is through a third thermocline. I dont care for it. the only reason I do  is to lead Advanced students on there deep cert dives so we get to about 70 ft and call it quits. We get back to 15 feet for a safety stop and the water feels hot.
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