Diving And Snorkelling Part 3

Snorkelling with African Adventure Academy
In Part 2 of diving and snorkelling, we covered fins and footwear. Next, we will have a look at protective divewear.

Here’s a scary thought. Water absorbs body heat twenty-five times faster than air – see this is important stuff. Even warm water will “pull” heat from your body. The normal body temperature is 98.6° F (37° C) and this should be maintained in water, which requires layers of protective wear depending on the water temperature as well as the particular needs of the diver.

Tolerance to cold can vary from person to person even when two people have the same physique. One may get cold while the other remains comfortable and that is why exposure suit needs are not exactly predictable. So you can’t go by what someone else says. You have to determine what is right for you.
There are general suggestions about what you should get based on your needs, but the amount of protection you personally would require is your choice.

We will look at some lycra dive suits, warm water favourites, and then there are wet suits which gradually increase in thermal protection.

Warm Water Dive skins

At temperatures above 91° F (33° C), most snorkelers will stay comfortable without protective wear. However, one should still consider protecting yourself from sunburn as well as the marine environment and the equipment you wear that might cause chafing.

I personally got sunburnt on my head whilst doing my first diving course in the pool which wasn’t too nice afterwards.

Dive skins are made from a variety of materials, some of which include lycra/nylon, polypropylene or neoprene. There are also bonded fabrics which are actually laminates of various fabrics, which when combined, create a warm protective suit. More to follow, but visit the AFRICAN ADVENTURE ACADEMY website.


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