Anyone who has ever been scuba diving in cold water will tell you that it is an exhilarating experience and not one that you will soon forget. One of the main reasons that divers become addicted to cold-water scuba diving is because the lower the temperature drops, the more breathtaking the scenery becomes. Of course, there is a drawback to this type of diving as well; we are warm-blooded creatures so being submerged in ice-cold water is not our cup of tea.
Staying warm in these cold-water temperatures is not as hard as you might think, however. Read on below for a few tips on scuba diving in cold water.
Make Sure To Use A Dry Suit
While dry suits are more complicated to use, they do keep you from being extremely cold in frigid water. Another advantage to wearing a dry suit is that you are protected longer and can stay under for a longer amount of time without having to worry about getting hypothermia. With a dry suit, you stay a lot warmer and are able to waste less energy as well.
You will need to take a class, however, if you are going to use a dry suit so that you can balance your buoyancy control.
Stay Warm When You Arenâ In The Water
It is important to stay warm while you are on land and to get warm right away when you come out of the water. Remember 15 minutes of being in the cold on land is five minutes less that you will be able to stay underwater when you submerge.
It is best to wear a jacket when you are out of the water and even wearing a hat will help to keep in the warmth. If you are running around in your socks when you are out of the water, then consider wearing plastic slippers as well to keep in some of the heat. Going into the water when you are already cold will not only be uncomfortable but also cut down on the amount of time that you are able to see the wonders of the deep in colder temperatures.
Eat, Drink, And Have A Ball
Eating a balanced breakfast will go a long way towards keeping you warm while you are in the water. It does this by giving you much needed extra energy, which in turn keeps you warm when you are submerged in the cold water.
It is also a good idea to drink a hot beverage before jumping into the water. Not only will it give you the energy to get through the dive, it will keep you toasty warm for a bit as well.
These are just a few tips to help you get used to cold-water scuba diving. From eating and drinking something warm before you jump in to wearing a dry suit over a wet suit, you will soon find yourself enjoying the beauty of the underwater and experiencing the wonders of cold water diving. Above all, have fun and enjoy the ride.