Beginner’s Guide to Scuba Diving, Part 3

January 9, 2013

Our scuba guide concludes with a final round of tips to employ during your deep-sea adventures.

Tip #8: Poor Wetsuits
An improper wetsuit lets in cold water. This is something you should look for during a checkout dive. Split seams and broken zippers are two sources of leaks. If you notice your wetsuit letting in cold water, discard the suit and purchase one that fits tightly.

Tip #9: Keep Your Suit Dry
After you have finished your dive, towel off your suit, change into regular clothes, and leave your suit out to dry. If you did not bring a change of clothes, keep your suit on after you towel it off, but wear a windbreaker or parka to keep yourself warm while the suit air dries.

Tip #10: Choose Neoprene
A synthetic rubber, neoprene is an excellent choice for wetsuit material; it maintains flexibility in a wide range of temperatures and is used as an insulation material, which will keep in heat while you are diving.

Tip #11: Be Alert for Shivering
If you shiver while underwater, get to the surface as fast as you can while keeping in mind safe ascension tips. Shivering is a sign of hypothermia. Once on the surface, change into regular clothes, get dry, and stay warm.

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