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Diving suit colour

Discussion in 'LGBTQIA and Friends perspectives' started by Subcooled, May 6, 2020.

  1. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Finland
    We all know that the best possible colour for a diving suit would be reflective white, would it not? It is easy to spot. Many people diving in clear blue waters might be content with yellow diving suits also.

    It is striking then how many divers prefer matte black.

    It does not make any sense. Is this due to normativity? It is "manly" to be a military diver. Hence matte black? Black rubber can withstand the rays on sun indeed, but how many of us store our suits in plain sunshine?

    Sorry for bringing this same topic up again, but there have not been that many threads... and normativity in diving is a problem in general.
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  2. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
    Most of us dive to see marine life. In order to get close enough to them, we have to be less visible.
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  3. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New England
    For visibility purposes violet is the best as it's the last in the color spectrum at depth.

    But all dive gear should come in PURPLE
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  4. Brett Hatch

    Brett Hatch ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Oakland, CA
    The hell with black-on-black-on-black. My drysuit is yellow, my wing is pink, my fins are orange, my mask is white. I just look like a goofball all the time, and it's awesome.
    Trego, lexvil, eleniel and 7 others like this.
  5. WarrenZ

    WarrenZ The Ultimate Bad Example ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Las Cruces NM
    Most of my gear is black just because it is the color it came in. It sucks when digging through a gear bag in the dark but I can make do by touch. I prefer to have at least bright fins (mine are deep six orange)so that I can be spotted in the crowd.

    If you like color go for it. Pete wears a tie dye shirt when diving as he thinks it makes the fish not see him as a potential predator.
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  6. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    My eyeballs are bleeding just thinking about it!
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  7. Brett Hatch

    Brett Hatch ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Oakland, CA
    I'll try to get a picture some time, I'm sure you'll hate it :)
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  8. Panther1880

    Panther1880 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: The Netherlands
    Why black is easy for rubber... Because if the ingredients in rubber. For fabrics the idea to look a certain way remains important I guess.
    Tanks here in the Netherlands are mostly white. In murky waters they are easy to spot. If the visibility drops sometimes all I see from a buddy swimming in front of me are the black fins though. If someone is facing sideways or towards me I'll see his/her light.
    I'm glad none of my buddies wears retro-reflective white. When facing them close by I'd be blinded.
    Would white tanks work as well in clear waters to increase visibility? I think so but I have little experience in clear water, what do you think?
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  9. Dark Wolf

    Dark Wolf Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW Missouri
    A light/bright colored suit would live a short life where I dive. Not all of us dive warm, clear water.

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  10. EberWolf

    EberWolf Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Kingdom of Bahrain
    If you want a cheaper way to change your suit color get a skinsuit on amazon for 20$.
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