When choosing an exposure suit for a dive I should consider?

What is a scuba exposure suit?

An exposure suit, or anti-exposure suit is clothing intended to protect the wearer from an extreme environment. Depending on the environment and specific use the suit may be required to provide thermal insulation, buoyancy, and or complete isolation from the environment.

What kind of suits do scuba divers wear?

Most dry suits for recreational or technical diving are made of neoprene or trilaminate. A wetsuit is more flexible and fits better than a trilaminate suit. It also has greater thermal insulation. The great advantage of a trilaminate suit is that it always has the same buoyancy so it is ideal for neutral buoyancy.

Do dive Skins keep you warm?

Thermal Insulation

The material and thickness of a dive skin make it suitable for very warm climates where the water temperature reaches up to 29° C/85° F or more. Dive skins offer little thermal protection on their own but may be worn beneath a wetsuit to increase its thermal insulation properties.

How much is a dry suit?

A dry suit will be one of your largest investments as diver. You can get into a decent entry level suit for around $1500 (USD). This may not cover the cost of an undergarment, so make sure to ask your sales person what accessories are included with the suit and which ones you will need to add to the overall cost.

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How long do you have to wait between dives?

Surface Interval Time (SIT) must be at least 10 minutes between dives. If your SIT is less than 10 minutes, you must consider your second dive as a continuation of the first dive. NAUI recommends a SIT of at least one hour between dives. Use the next greater dive time if your dive is particularly cold or strenuous.

Can you swim in a diving suit?

Can wetsuits be used for swimming? Even if you aren’t a professional surfer, you can still experience the benefits of wearing a wetsuit in the swimming pool, sea and ocean. In short, you can wear a wetsuit for any water activity, including swimming, diving, surfing and water aerobics.

Do divers pee in their wetsuits?

Surveys say that 90% of divers admit to peeing in wetsuits. The remaining 10% lie. Why do we know? Because there is a natural phenomenon called immersion diuresis.

Can I dive without a wetsuit?

It’s possible to be comfortable in that water temp. without wearing a wetsuit at all. When I went diving in Cozumel (water temp. 80°F), there were a couple of divers without wetsuits (just t-shirt and swimtrunks).

What do you wear under a dive skin?

SCUBA Diving: Most divers wear a swimsuit. Cold water divers often opt for a full body rash guard, or poly fleece baselayer. A full body rashguard makes it really easy to slide into a thick SCUBA suit. Poly fleece thermals do the same while wicking moisture and keeping you warmer.