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thermal protection for O'ahu in Dec?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Crush, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. Mike Boswell

    Mike Boswell ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: San Diego
    I grew up there and dived all over the island for many years. We wore nothing but swim shorts, and that was fine for two or three dives a day. I would urge you to at least give no-suit diving a try. You may find, as I do, that the fantastic sensation of freedom far outweighs any minor, temporary chill.
  2. friscuba

    friscuba Dive Charter

    # of Dives:
    Location: A, A
    Height, weight, gender and basic cold tolerance would be helpful to know. If you're a 230 lb guy, a 3 mil will likely be plenty. If you're a 5'5" 125 lb woman, you may want a 5 mil with a hood or even a hooded vest under the 5 mil suit, that 7 mil may be appealing if the temp drops 4 degrees between now and then.

    It's 79 degrees off Kona right now and I've got petite women passengers wearing 5 mil suits gettting cold at about the 60 minute mark.
  3. cbm32

    cbm32 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: I am bi-coastal. Michigan and SoCal
    I dove Kauai in Nov of 09 in a swimsuit and rash guard....no problems at all.
  4. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kihei, Maui & Vancouver, WA
    We dive Maui every winter and both my husband and I wear 5mm Merino lined suits. We dive at least 2 tanks per day for 2 weeks straight, so core temperature really takes a hit. Water temperatures last year were colder than they've been in a long time with it being 73-74 degrees. If you use 75 degrees as your guide, you'll know what you need based on your own cold tolerance.
  5. Crush

    Crush Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Western Canada
    Thanks, DiveMaven,

    Given your locale the fact that you and your husband wear 5mm suits in HI is helpful to put this in context. Did you wear hoods?

    I plan to dive 2-3 x per day for five days, then take a week off, then knock off a few more dives. I am leaning towards the 3 mm x 2 piece simply because I don't want to deal with the amount of lead that I need to sink in my 7mm x 2 pc suit.
  6. NC Wreck Diver

    NC Wreck Diver Barracuda

    # of Dives:
    Location: 40 Miles North of Philadelphia, PA
    I agree with the 3mm posts. That's plenty. I wouldn't risk the TLS. That suit is for Canada (It was my first DUI - Loved it. Now I dive with a CF 200 - Excellent). The 7MM is going to be too hot, and you should have some protection all over, so, IMHO, run with the 3. Less to pack, and weights are just easier to manage when you pick up your tanks in HI. You may not even need weights, if you can rent steel tanks. I dive double 85's with no weight in a 4/3. You could easily pull that off with a steel 100 and no weight. Have a great time.

    Safe diving to you.
  7. L_A_S

    L_A_S Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Oahu
  8. corybaby

    corybaby Photographer

    Well then, its unanimous! a 3mm full suit(maybe a 2mm vest underneath, if your chest gets cold)
    should be perfect! wearing booties also helps
  9. ffhamm

    ffhamm Divemaster

    # of Dives:
    Location: Phoenix az
    A shorty or no wetsuit at all is fine for me when I visit, my wife likes a 3/2 full wetsuit.


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