Do you wear a wetsuit for warm water diving?

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asked May 10, 2017 in Scuba Diving by hurfish (3,024 points)
edited May 12, 2017 by hurfish
What is your wetsuit thickness of choice for diving Hawaii or tropical water?  Full suit or shorty?  Especially want to hear from CA divers, what do you wear in HI.

4 Answers

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answered May 11, 2017 by alwaysdiving (780 points)
Definitely! Depending on when you go and how many dives you are planning, you'll want a 3mm or 5mm full suit. I use a 5mm in Hawaii (7mm with hood or drysuit in San Diego), but I generally do 3-4 work dives a day. If you're just doing a couple of rec dives in warmer months a 3 mm would suffice
commented May 11, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
I dive a 5mm in CA and am fine, actually havent used my 7mm since. cant imagine it in HI. I will take a 3mm and can always unzip if too warm.  Going in mid Sept
commented May 13, 2017 by alwaysdiving (780 points)
I get cold :) would definitely recommend a full 3mm or 2/3 for exposure (sun & stingers too). Have an awesome trip - September is a great month for Hawaii!
commented May 14, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
Great thanks!
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answered Sep 3, 2017 by benscuba (303 points)
I recommend a wetsuit for any dive to protect your body from sharp or harmful things in the water.
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answered Aug 31, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
Nope, I wear 3 mil shorts and a Sharkzen performance shirt in warm water. I hate wetsuits.
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answered Jul 29, 2018 by Scubachuck (1,093 points)
Yes, more for protection than warmth. Even a 1 mil is good for your safety.
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