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    Wetsuit advice - Red Sea December

    Hi all.

    I'm off to the Red Sea on a liveaboard in December.

    I dived there years ago at this time and wore a rented 5mm wetsuit.

    I was wondering what people thought I'd need for a week - Is a 5mm full length wetsuit the sensible option or could I get away with a shorty and jacket, say?

    Obvious reason for asking is that I don't have a full length wetsuit!

    Thanks.

    M

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    Iíve always used a full length 7mm suit at that time of year, I could have gone thinner but 7mm was what I had. Iíve known people on the same trips that have used a shortie but they are pretty rare.

    5mm full length is about right if you ask me

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    5 mil full length does it for me! :-)

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    I would want a 7mm long suit and hood or even drysuit then. It's not so much the water temp as the fact the surface temp can be chilly with the wind. I would take layers, woolly hat and a windproof jacket if you can.
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    Thanks everyone.

    Looks like I need a new wetsuit then

    M

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    I'm going to add to the mix: my December Red Sea liveaboards have all been between Christmas and New Year. I use a membrane drysuit with tracksuit bottoms and a fleece for insulation.

    Nobody laughs at you when you're climbing into a dry, warm suit when they're pulling on a damp wetsuit in the chilly wind.

    Also, the tracksuit bottoms and fleece are handy after dark deck wear.

    Edit: Haven't been for years, so things might have changed. /edit.
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    5mm shortie for me. Took a full length suit, never used it.
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    My latest in the year was early Nov but I took a 5mm full suit and was great. There were some in my group with 7mm full suits and others that dove in shorts and T shirts. Nobody was complaining about being cold.

    Lesson 1 - it is all about your cold tolerance. Some people can cope with a lot less while others prefer a LOT more.

    Lesson 2 - keep warm when not diving. The winds can feel pretty chilly at night so take a warm hoodie and trackies.

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    Personally I would go for 5mm and vest or shorty or 7mm.

    Over several decades of diving I have learnt that I dont enjoy diving when cold and that I am nowhere near as relaxed so I always err on the side of warmth. If too hot in a suit you can always pull the neck seal and flush. Too cold and you are up pooh creek.

    Liveaboard diving could be 4 or even 5 dives daily and over a week there is a massive cumulative cooling effect on the body. Added to that as other folk have said, the wind chill between dives ( especially if on a chase boat) and at night can be brutal.

    what's the downside of a thicker suit? A little more weight on a belt vs being cold and miserable, not enjoying or missing dives due to cold.


    PS

    I used to live in Mid East and Saudi Red Sea was a weekend trip. Always had full suits and layers Nov- Feb whether shore or boat diving
    Last edited by John63; 26-09-2022 at 02:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woz View Post
    5mm shortie for me. Took a full length suit, never used it.

    But Woz, don't you have a surplus of bioprene?


 
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