Most divers who venture into the world of Drysuit diving say they’ll never look back. Why? Because drysuits are the best way to stay warm while immersed in water of any temperature. While Drysuit diving used to be limited to cold water diving, Drysuit manufacturers now offer thermal systems for temperate and tropical environments too, and it seems divers everywhere are embracing the benefits of getting wet while staying dry. How many of you out there are diving in a wetsuit and can honestly say you are “uncomfortable” on your dives due to being cold? Can you imagine how much more you will see and enjoy if you took that factor out of the equation?
Here’s a simple checklist: You need a drysuit if:
• You regularly dive in water colder than 60 to 65 degrees.
• You like to make long-duration or repetitive dives in warm water.
• You like to dive deep.
• Your dives end up getting cut short because a chill sets in before your air runs out.
• You’re a photographer or a marine life buff who moves at a snail’s pace during a dive.
What are the advantages of Drysuits vs. Wetsuits?
With a drysuit you can regulate your comfort level by varying your thermal protection—the colder the water, the thicker the undergarments—or by adding air to the suit. It doesn’t really matter how cold topside temperatures are either, because when you exit the water you’re wearing a dry fleece-type jumpsuit instead of a soppy wetsuit.
What you should also know:
Of course, drysuits tend to cost more than your typical wetsuit. They also require additional buoyancy control skills which are learned during the Drysuit Diver Certification Course. Then there are the undergarments, and the possibility of revamping your gear inventory to accommodate the special needs of a drysuit. And finally there are additional maintenance responsibilities, but if staying comfortably warm is an issue, this extra investment is worth the effort.
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