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In Toby this weekend

Discussion in 'Ontario' started by Marie13, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid

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    You need a drysuit. I can’t imagine the 7 dives over the past 3 days done wet.
     
  2. maj2

    maj2 Manta Ray

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    When I started diving up there, drysuits were the exception. Most of the boats I was on were mostly made up of those of us in 7mm farmer johns and jackets. Sometimes did 4 or 5 dives in a day like that.
    Times have changed though. Today, wetsuits are rare, and almost all divers are dry.
     
  3. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid

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    From what I saw, the experienced divers are diving dry and the newbies are diving wet. Even the snorkelers were complaining bitterly about the cold. I wonder how many drysuits are ordered after trips to Toby?
     
  4. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    Welcome back @Marie13
    (to 105 degrees in Chicago)

    Be ever grateful for Kalifornians
    Bill Barada created the dry suit in 1947
    Hugh Bradner @ Willard Bascome discovered the principle of the wet suit in 1950
    The Korean war got in the way - It was decared a war time secret
    Dr. Bradner marketed first wet suit via Edco in 1953-4

    Aren't you happy for Kalifornias ? -- Where it all began
    Oh yes, it is currently 64 and sunny with a tops at 72

    SDM
     
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  5. davecampbell

    davecampbell Angel Fish

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    Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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    lol...very true. my wife and I (relative newbs) are diving toby in August and we'll be in neotek 8/7/6 semi dry suits. Dry suits are definitely in the near future, but just not this soon. We've been told we "definitely won't die" but are likely going to be chilled. apparently most locals dive Toby wet.....once. I'll report back.
     
  6. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid

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    What wrecks are you doing? Except for the first and last dives of the trip, my dives were 89ft or deeper.

    You’re gonna freeze your arse off on deeper stuff.
     
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  7. NorthernPike

    NorthernPike Nassau Grouper

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    I've done many dozens of Tobermory dives in a wetsuit. No problem for a hearty Canadian. (If you're from Florida, YMMV. ) Refreshing and exhilarating. Its only cold below the thermocline and you're not there long. Drysuit comes in handy in September/October/November. Its the surface intervals that cool you down then, in a wetsuit.
     
  8. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid

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    I was in the shop and chatting with other divers right off the boats and they were complaining bitterly about the cold. Must be wussy Americans who primarily dive warmer waters. Not just complaining. B**ching big time.
     
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  9. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Rebreather Pilot

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    Dave..

    We dove one morning last week with DD shop staff...they were both in wet-suits...

    Strip your suits down between dives...if you and your wife are wearing T-shirts or rash guards under your semis...change into dry ones for your second dives...

    With the exception of the Niagara II...the other ''deep'' wrecks have warmed up nicely...58/61...degrees F...

    You'll both love Tobermory...

    Best...

    Warren
     
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  10. davecampbell

    davecampbell Angel Fish

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    Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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    thanks for the words of encouragement...lol. I work outdoors all year long (construction plumber) exposed to the elements, so I'm not so worried about myself. I run pretty hot, and 10 hrs outside at -30° hasn't yet killed me. Pam (my wife) is an office dweller, and runs cold. it seems prudent she'll be layering up with a 7mm vest on top.
     

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