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Scuba diving In winter | Crazydivers

Scuba diving In winter | Crazydivers


hey everybody my name is Nael I am a SSI dive master and a PADI Rescue Diver and there is a cat down there I’m sorry I’ve been diving for over 10 years now including ice diving when I was I don’t
know eight ten I currently live in Canada and winter is coming upon us so a lot of people ask me “how do you dive in winter” Or “how do you dive in Canada” actually because when it’s minus 10 out there at
the beginning of the winter it’s not the cosiest time to go on the water
I don’t know for most people and I use a dry suit What is a dry suit? Well it is a suit where you are dry underneath you actually have clothes under the
suit because being warm is not only something comfortable but it’s also a
safety issue when you’re a diver because you can get hypothermia and just
collapse in the middle of the dive or decompression sickness can happen more
easily if you’re cold and if you’re too warm because of your blood stream you should
start using your dry suit when you are diving on water below 16 degrees Celsius
or 60 Fahrenheit or accordingly to you cold resistance I know I’m a very cold person
I always I’m cold on my hand so sometimes I like to have a drysuit or
tons and tons of layer of wet suit more than just a dry suit you also have to
take in consideration that all your equipment have to be cold proof for
instance if you are using a regulator you need it to be cold proof and in
order not to freeze inside it in the first stage or in the second stage because
remember that the water can freeze up to zero degree Celsius so that if you take
your regular they’re all out of the water and it freeze the water I expand when it froze and it can destroy the inside of your
regulator same thing with all your valves them can just break from the
inside because of the remaining water if it’s minor ten outside the water is very
likely to froze on your equipment there is different types of dry suit some are
more common than others are more expensive than others Nicolas is using a Neoprene suit and I’m using Nylon dry suit but I’m looking into changing mine
really soon so maybe I’ll go for a neoprene one the Neoprene is really easy
to get onto because they are ready stretchy but they needed more way to
compensate due to the air trap on the material The nylon ones are a bit more resistant than the Neoprene ones but the seals
are very fragile so you have to be very careful and some of them can be in latex
and I am allergic to latex so make sure you don’t have that allergy before
putting a tight thing on your neck because you can really stop breathing if
you get swollen on your neck with the latex it can be very dangerous too I know that Kevlar are really really resistant that’s how the police bullet
proofing are made up so they’re really resistant to be torn and stuff if you’re
exploring like quarries with the rocks that may be a good idea for you I would
advise you to rent some equipment before buying it that way you can try different
ones and know which one you’re more comfortable with the suit I have
currently is a bit too narrow for my hips and I be too wide for my shoulders
I can add some more layers of clothes underneath it to compensate for that but
it’s not really easy to put on so I’m looking of doing a custom made one because I have very narrow shoulders so that can be a good option
for you too if you’re thinking of that diving a lot in cold waters And the last
thing I wanted to talk about for the dry suit is how to take care of them so make
sure they already dry in the inside sometimes a little bit of water can go
on your valve on your shoulder and your valve on your chest so make sure you dry
them out because it could be very uncomfortable to have dry or moist inside and the zipper on the back on the front can be damaged if you don’t hydrate it
with some kind of wax of paraffin oil they are really easy to find so make
sure they’re they’re hydrated so they can just because it’s really easy to
break them and you don’t want a broken zip on your right hood because if you
don’t close your dry suit you’ll get water on your suit so so you may know
that the heat from your body goes out from the extremities your head your
hands and your feet so make sure they’re covered some dry suit have attached
gloves or in built-in gloves some don’t For my feet that usually have
three or four pairs of socks just make sure your feet are not compressed they
should move easily I usually have a small brown socks a bigger one and a ski
one so that the layers keep the the warmnth in. and unfortunately for my head
I’m not dry at all from the neck so I used my regular hoods that I have on my
wetsuit I also have my regular mask I know and I’ve dived with inbuilt hood and
a full face mask so I wasn’t cold at all I wasn’t wet on my face when you’re
diving in a dry suit your buoyancy won’t be the same
in a wetsuit because you have to compensate for the air on your own
dry suit when you are going deeper the air get compressed on you the same way
it’s compressed on your BCD so you have to remind to put some air on your dry
suits you feel it eventually that the the air on your hand get sucked so you have to remind yourself for that.
but what can happen is that when you go up your air
expand and if you go up too quickly and you have to remember to empty the air from
your BCD and your suit. I usually don’t put air that much on BDC and just
play on the air of my suit because I found it easier. but some people might
prefer to put some air on your BCD so try both systems and just find what’s
easier for you. The air on my suit tends to go on my feet because I am have
always had this issue of my feet going up I always had that in 10 years I don’t
know why my mom and my sister does the same so I guess it’s a family thing and
I heard a lot of people have this issue so what I do is that I put some weights
on my ankles but only on my dry suit I can manage in my wet suit but on my dry
that I like to have some whites of my feet so that they go down and when I go
in the water the first thing they do is going down I don’t have to push If you
don’t have weights remember that when you go on the water to contract your
abdominals to put your feet down because if the air goes on your feet it’s a
nightmare to put to put the air back in your head
trust me I’ve tried And through the entire dive just remember to keep your
feet a bit lower than you bottom so that the air goes on your chest and you can
just compensate it by moving your torso if you happen to have your feet on the
top and you don’t know what to do just bend your knees and bring them back on
your chest and then turn around or grab something to put
your chest on the top and remember to just put your feet down. It’s a good idea
to try to do this exercise on a swimming pool or somewhere where you’re protected
because can be very dangerous to grab the first thing to put your feet down
especially if you have wide life or high currents it could be very dangerous And the last thing I wanted to talk about is the fact that I use my regular mask so
when I go out of the water by my understand my skin gets dry and burned
by the cold so remember to have a cream for your hands and your face after the
dive you can also have a hot chocolate to just warm you up if you’ve been cold Iguess it’s more preparation than a regular dive but it’s worth it Just a lot of thing to think about but I really really love diving in dry suits in
winter because the light is so beautiful especially in ice diving I hope you’ve liked this video and found it entertaining
if you have any more questions about diving in winter or diving in general please let me know in
the comment section I’ll do my best to answer it and I hope to see you next
time bye

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