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Looking for wet suit advice for Cozumel

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by LowDrag, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. BrewingDiver

    BrewingDiver Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SE Florida
    When we've gone in April, my wife and I were very comfortable diving every day in full 3 mm. As DD said above, you will also be protected from stings. It seems like we've seen more of the floating ones in April when surfacing than in other months.
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  2. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    Yeah, floating. No one is supposed to touch anything. That's my story and I am sticking to it. :crafty:

    My daughter, her mom, my grandson, and our first exchange student took a cruise there once (I was invited before the Ex but I hated the idea too much: drive all the way across Texas, stand in a big line to get on a nice hotel that could sink or just lose power in the middle of nowhere for days, be locked up on board for two days until arriving at a port with no diving, then finally a few hours the next day in Coz, then locked up for two days getting back, a long line to escape the barge, then drive all the way across Texas again! :( ) and they didn't listen to my warnings well. She let the boys snorkel without vests, then later had lunch at Villablanca's dock, with the boys exploring the beach. My grandson picked up a pretty red worm he found under a rock - very briefly!


    I hope that saved you a lot on luggage fees. :eek:
  3. DjDiverDan

    DjDiverDan Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sunnyvale, TX USA
    As others have said, that's a tough question to answer since there is so much variation in susceptibilty to cold. Also, how much diving you are going to do plays a part - 3 or 4 dives every day for 5 or more days in a row is going to require greater protection due to cumulative loss of body heat. I just got back (last Wednesday from a week in Cozumel, in which I did only the 2-tank morning dives for days 1 and 2, 2-tank morning plus a night dive on Day 3, took a day off, then 2-tank morning dives on days 5 and 6. I was comfortable in just my fleece-lined 0.5 mil neoprene full-body Henderson. If I was going to dive more than 3 days in a row, or more dives in a day, I would step up to a 2 mil wetsuit, or a 3 mil shorty over my Henderson. FWIW, I carry a lot of my own insulation with me, and I grew up in Wisconsin where we thought nothing of jumping into a 68 degree lake, so I'm probably less susceptible to cold than most. There were two guys diving in our group that dove morning dives 5 days in a row in just swimsuit and teeshirt; I have done that before, and was fine for 2 days, but by the third day I was shivering. Most of the women in our group used 2 mil wetsuits, a couple used 3 mil plus a hood.

    I do recommend full body protection, even if it is just skins. Hydroids can be an issue if you get close to the reef or the sandy bottom, and, while I saw no jellies at all on my recent trip, I have seen small thimble jellies on other trips, including several trips in March of years past when there were a lot of them on certain dives. These are not the dangerous box jellies of Northern Australia, but ALL jellies are venomous to some degree, and I wouldn't want to swim through a mess of them without body protection.
  4. jbark

    jbark Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Michigan
    here is my take: I would contact the dive operator and find out what rental options they have for wetsuits. I think i would need my 3 mm full and my skin so if the op has shorties, or light weight hooded vests, i could easily add a layer if I need more, or for later in the week if the chill was building. I would take a 3 mm hood, or buy a beanie also since I tend to get cold if my head gets cold (in water or out, a hazard of low follicle count :().

    If you will have to go shopping for a wetsuit then I would go with a 3 mm shorty provided the dive op can supply a full to layer over. I got nice shortie on amazon last year for < $50.

    have fun!
  5. ggunn

    ggunn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Austin, TX, USA
    I go to Cozumel in late April or early May. I dive with a 3 mil shorty over a skin and it works for me.
  6. Divegoose

    Divegoose Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Vancouver Island
    On my first trip to Cozumel I wore a 3 mm shorty. I found that I was getting cool to cold on the 2nd dive.

    On subsequent trips I have worn a full 3mm suit. Keeps me much warmer than the shorty. A 5 mm
    may be a bit warm.

    If you are going to rent on site, try the shorty, and if it doesn't keep you warm enough change to
    full suit.

    I dive in the cold waters of Vancouver Island, and wear nothing but a dry suit all year round.
    I like being warm and dry. :D

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  7. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    I used to know a woman who wore a dry suit to dive Coz in August.

    Yeah, skins protect from a lot even tho they don't keep you warm. A skin makes a jumpsuit easier to get on and off too.
  8. JFS

    JFS Contributor

    I wore my BARE Nex Gen drysuit the other day as I get cold with extended times in the water, other than that I normally wear a 5mm full suit with hooded vest in the cooler months and a shorty in the summer. To each is there own as I know people that just wear a rash guard and they seem happy with that. :D
  9. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    And some people just wear old walking shorts & tees...
  10. Connorc

    Connorc Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Scottsdale, AZ
    I wear a 3 mm full wetsuit for winter diving in Cozumel. A 3 mm shorty might be fine for the spring.

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