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Staying warm in winter gear-up

samray

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Hello community and greetings from Saskatchewan, Canada. For those who dive in colder climes, do you have any tips on how to avoid the chilliness of the lube needed to put on a free diving suit? Has anyone actually pre-heated their lube mix or have something that is not so chilly? Honestly it is the worst part of gearing up after Sept when the days get cooler...but Sept is some of the best diving in our lakes. Thx for your insights.
 

Johny Depth

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I dive with 5 c temp in winter time in Italy and in the Uk,.I find using talcum powder in my socks and 7mm suit works great only after two hours i do feel a little chill in the hands i swim rapid to heat up ! as i do this i feel better then i am able to recommence looking for winter seabass in various depths the other difficulty i encounter is staying warm while i await in a sniper mode for the seabass .its a plus if the sun appears and heats my back of the suit it realy helps alot ,.You could wear a vest of nerophrein under the suit i hope we could better the problem ,.I use a cressi scorfano 7mm its good for me i spend up to 4 hours in the sea of 5 c i may try some heat cream this winter as i had in the past years ago found this a little helpfull when i was poor enough to own a five mm suit ,.I hope you have more luck than me
 
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samray

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Apr 22, 2007
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Regina
I dive with 5 c temp in winter time in Italy and in the Uk,.I find using talcum powder in my socks and 7mm suit works great only after two hours i do feel a little chill in the hands i swim rapid to heat up ! as i do this i feel better then i am able to recommence looking for winter seabass in various depths the other difficulty i encounter is staying warm while i await in a sniper mode for the seabass .its a plus if the sun appears and heats my back of the suit it realy helps alot ,.You could wear a vest of nerophrein under the suit i hope we could better the problem ,.I use a cressi scorfano 7mm its good for me i spend up to 4 hours in the sea of 5 c i may try some heat cream this winter as i had in the past years ago found this a little helpfull when i was poor enough to own a five mm suit ,.I hope you have more luck than me
Many thx for the suggestion
 

hteas

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When it's chilly out I usually put my suit on in the shower before I leave home. The distance to my usual dive sites in 4-12 miles, so not long. If I have to drive further, I take a cooler of hot water. I soak my suit in the hot water right before putting it on, and after the dive I use the hot water to warm my hands and then get a quick rinse with the rest of the hot water.
 
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