COOL DIVES: It may be time to invest in a drysuit for the winter.
COOL DIVES: It may be time to invest in a drysuit for the winter. Scuba World.

IN DEEP: Staying dry on dives in cool water

WITH the sudden drop in air temperature this week caused by westerly winds, many divers are thinking about how they can stay warm and comfortable this winter.

For those who have already invested in a drysuit, they know they will be warm and dry.

For those who haven't yet invested in a drysuit, now is the best time to do so.

Buying one now means a diver will have full use of it for the whole of winter.

While the water temperature lags behind the land temperature by a couple of months, it still means divers wearing a drysuit will be the warmest on the boat.

The main difference between a drysuit and a wetsuit is that a drysuit is designed to prevent water entering.

The diver's body, except for the face, stays completely dry while in the water.

The temperature of the water will determine how much thermal clothing will need to be worn beneath the suit.

Diving under ice will require a lot warmer clothing than diving locally.

While drysuits can be expensive, they will last many years if maintained properly.



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