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posted : March 13, 2007 Post subject: Wetsuit advice
Hi everyone, hope you will be able to answer my question.

I am accustomed to diving in cold water (have done all my diving in Cape Town, South Africa) and the 7mm wetsuit and shorty that I used in Cape Town was most satisfactory (average temp for the ocean was between 14 degrees and 18 degrees).

Would it be fine to wear it whilst diving in the UK in summer (most likely the brighton area)? or would I need a semidry / drysuit?

Any advice would be most welcome. Thanks

ADM Diving
posted : March 13, 2007 Post subject: Wetsuit advice
Hi Lelia,

It would be better to go for a dry suit. If you mean a 7mm semi-dry wetsuit i.e. one with good fitting overall, but with seals on the legs, neck and arms, then 7mm Semi in UK waters is ok for the two warm seasons - but not enough really for the colder times in autumn and brassic winter days!!! A straight wetsuit will be too chilly for you really - i don't care how hardy you are ;-)

Cape Town has some nice diving, similar places in the UK are more down in cornwall and up in wales like pembroke. Brighton has some great dives depending on your qualifications and has some great boat charters - if you need any information about dive sites etc contact me (i answer the technical Q&A's forum).

My facility has loads and loads of charts - with additional marks of sites across the whole of the UK for anyone to look at here. If you let me know your qualification and what type of diving that most interests you, i'm sure we can give you a load of good recommendations.

cheers and regards, Andrew.

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