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I was out diving last Sunday. 8F air temp, -8F wind chill, 49F water temp. At least it was sunny. My drysuit froze stiff as soon as I was out of it. Last winter one of my first stages froze to the valve so I just hauled the tank home that way and it was thawed by then.
Last winter there was one day with 0F air temp and -20F windchill. The joke is that part of the Wisconsin cave (mine) course experience is clearing snow from the parking area and the path around the water to the mine access pond. Instructor has a small snowblower she brings, along with shovels. My cavern/intro to cave was in November - no snow!It's nice when you're heading into 50f water to warm up compared to the air, lol... our waters are a little colder, but 8f...damn.
The right gear really does make a different. Warm and dry in a drysuit. Not shivering your a$$ off in a wet suit.With the right gear I really enjoy cold water diving. Probably more than warm water diving. No humidity around here in winter, viz is better.... less people (my favorite).