Why Drysuit Diving is Recommended
Why drysuit diving is becoming increasingly popular in warm and cool water destinations is simple - enjoyment and comfort.
No matter what you are doing, from sun tanning on a tropical beach to downhill skiing in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia or jumping into the Salish Sea on a wonderful scuba diving holiday in BC, you will not do something if you are not enjoying it.
And if you, your family (especially your spouse) or your friends aren’t comfortable, you won’t enjoy something for long and you won’t keep doing it.
One could be uncomfortable about drysuit diving by being mentally outside of their comfort zone.
This can be overcome by training and practice, which is why for drysuit diving in British Columbia, one must be drysuit certified.
Like with anything, the more practice, the better you get, the more comfortable you are and the more you enjoy doing something!
And with British Columbia being the Number 1 dive destination in North America and offering some of the best cool water diving in the world, you will want to enjoy as many dives as possible.
Risks of water and heat loss
And one can also be uncomfortable about drysuit diving by being physically outside of their comfort zone.
Water absorbs heat away from your body 25 times faster than air does.
And while everyone thinks they have a different tolerance for being cold, it is well known that as your body temperature drops, you not only become more uncomfortable, your risk of experiencing hypothermia increases which affects your ability to think and function properly.
You also consume air faster, and your risk of DCS (decompression sickness) increases.
Whether you are in warm or cool water, repeated dives without proper heat retention capabilities decreases your core body temperature even if your skin reheats from the warmth of the sun – and you may not even realize it is happening until it is too late.
In summary – your risk of injury or death increases as your core body temperature decreases.
That is why drysuit diving is becoming so popular - to increase your enjoyment, comfort, and safety – we suggest you consider investing in a drysuit and getting drysuit certified.
Other drysuit advantages
While your initial investment in a drysuit may be a little more than for a wetsuit, the fact that a drysuit is a thin ‘waterproof shell’ allows you to vary your undergarments and use virtually anywhere in the world.
Your shorts may be enough under your drysuit in tropical locations, and specialty thermal undergarments will help keep you toasty warm in cold water dive locations.
By varying your undergarments according to your preferences and the above and below environment, you will remain dry and warm, thus allowing you to enjoy longer dives, more dives, and increased comfort and safety.
Another advantage is that your undergarments will not compress and lose their insulating properties at depth.
And by being able to adjust the air pressure within your drysuit as needed, you can avoid the ‘squeeze’ at depth as well.
Just remember your drysuit training and to ensure you adjust the internal air volume as your depth decreases.
Look for information on our recommended drysuit manufacturer – coming soon.
Contact us for more information on why drysuit diving is the preferred way to dive in Brtish Columbia (even though you can dive in a thick wetsuit if you wish)
For more information about why drysuit diving is recommended for diving in British Columbia (or scuba diving vacations anywhere for that matter), visit our:
Wetsuit versus drysuit page
Drysuit information page, or
More cool water diving tips.
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