TIPS FOR STAYING WARM WHEN DIVING

PREPARE YOURSELF BEFORE DIVING

A few recommendations before getting in the water.
1

GET IN SHAPE!

In terms of food, eat a balanced diet the evening before and the morning of the dive with a preference for slow-release carbs, and keeping yourself properly hydrated. For additional safety, you are strongly advised not to smoke! Smoking actually slows down the blood circulation around your feet and hands. This leads to heat loss and so makes you colder.

2

BE PROPERLY EQUIPPED

Choose a suit with the right neoprene thickness for your intended dive. A close-fitting suit is recommended to limit water circulation. With a wetsuit, consider adding layers of neoprene (under-shorty, over-shorty, etc.). At low temperatures, much of our heat is lost through our extremities, so protect them. Actually, 40% of heat loss is through your head, so protect it using a hood, particularly in the winter. Diving gloves and shoes are also essential. You should insulate them against the cold as a priority. Choose gloves and booties with a thickness of 6.5 mm. Booties means you have to use adjustable fins. A neoprene top, under your suit, can also limit the effect of the cold generated by small inlets of water around your neck and the zips (back or front). For diving in very cold water, dry or semi-dry suits are recommended. Here are two small tips for semi-dry suits: turn back your cuffs to maximise the seal. They're often made of split neoprene, only on the turned back side. Finally, put your suit on under a hot shower.

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3

CHECK YOUR SUIT

A suit suffers wear and tear quite quickly... Regularly check the high-wear areas such as between the legs, armpits, etc. Sometimes, a suit seems to be in good shape at first glance, but then turns out to be very worn under the arms, with finer neoprene in high-wear areas. Therefore, you'll get an unpleasant cold feeling in these fragile places.

4

PREPARE YOUR EQUIPMENT BEFORE DIVING

Anticipating this stage is not always easy, but if you have the chance, it can be a good idea to rig up your tank before suiting up. Actually, if your equipment is already ready when you get to the dive site, you'll spend less time outside on the boat, in cold conditions...

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE COLD DURING THE DIVE

Don't writhe around under water!

When diving, waving your arms to warm up as you might do on land is totally pointless. Quite the opposite! You're going to lose precious calories, get out of breath and feel even colder. If you're cold at depth, it's best to go up a little so as to swim in water that "feels" a little warmer. Yes, "feels" because the water is not necessarily colder further down! The effect of pressure also influences this: the further you descend, the greater the pressure and the more your suit's neoprene squeezes and becomes thinner. Therefore, you feel colder! It's very important to communicate properly with your dive group on how cold you feel in the water in order to avoid any risks. Be aware that you won't warm up in the water once the cold sets in. Remember that on the way up, you'll have to do your safety stopfor a few minutes, which means a few more minutes without moving very much, just the thing for even more shivering... You should therefore anticipate these situations,even if it means cutting your dive short. In the winter, using a wetsuit will allow you to stay in the water for an average of 30 minutes, it's essential not to go beyond these limits so that you can be sure of getting out of the water. It's better to dive for less time rather than get into trouble.

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AFTER DIVING

Cover yourself up!

Many people are sensitive to catching cold after being in the water. The best thing to do is cover yourself with waterproof clothing and a hat. On the boat, keep an eye on the wind and sea-spray (it would be best to use a semi-rigid covered boat). When you get out of the water, take your equipment off quickly, cover yourself well and dry yourself quickly. Put on a hat to warm up your head. Finally, enjoy a warm drink from a thermos flask. There's nothing better than a hot cup of tea or a cappuccino after a cold dive, is there?

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT ?

Do you want to beat the cold on your next dive?

As we mentioned above, if you want to fight the cold when diving, think about 'covering' yourself thoroughly! Suit, gloves, booties, etc. Also accessories of variable neoprene thickness to help you fight the cold when diving. Hover over the red dots in the picture to discover our tips to help you choose your suit, gloves and diving shoes or boots!

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