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posted : March 31, 2007 Post subject: last padi lesson
hi its my last lesson before the open water dives on wed i've been asking about gear for uk diving , one person saidat least a 9mm wet and someone else said a dry , the latest has said two wetsuits together around 9mm in total i live in the northeast. these people are instructors and helpers but they own shops so do they just want me to buy the most expensive and who is giving the best advice, ihope its not the drysuit man or it means paying for another corse before trying the wetsuit one for real.
any advice most welcome thanks

posted : March 31, 2007 Post subject: last padi lesson
i dived all last year in a 7mm semi-dry suit must admit its really cold this time of year ive just bought a dry suit and i can tell you it was worth every penny i'm never cold in the water if i were you i'd get my course finished and dive your first year in a semi-dry then you can always get a dry suit for next winter

stuart SAA
posted : April 1, 2007 Post subject: last padi lesson
i would always reccommend a 7mm semi to all of my students for at least the first year. there is less to worry about with regards controlling your bouyancy and you can use it abroard as well if you can get a good fitting two piece

posted : April 3, 2007 Post subject: last padi lesson
Just spent the weekend diving Vobster Quay in a 6.5 mm wetsuit with chill cheater undervest.
7 degrees but actually ok for 25 mins. Just remember to wrap up with a fleece and jumper between dives and have a warm drink. Drinking Chocolate is ideal as it provides food which kicks the liver off providing internal warmth (around 40 watts). Saw too many divers in dry suits which were leaking, including two of our group. As its my first year I will stick with wet suit. At least I know it will be chiily and wet this time of year. The dry suit divers seemed to suffer more, not expecting to get wet!!!

posted : April 4, 2007 Post subject: last padi lesson
I try to use thick wetsuits where ever possible when teaching new students although it is still a bit cold at this time of year. There should be no need to do another course before diving in a dry suit if you choose to go that way. All you need is a dry suit orientation in the pool.

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