One of the most frequently asked questions dive operators are asked is “what type of exposure suit do I need?” Whether you’re diving in a lake, ocean, river or cave, your exposure suit will be your best friend whilst diving, so it’s important you choose the right one – especially now as we enter the winter months.
Unfortunately, with numerous oceans, dive conditions, and seasons, choosing which suit to pack, buy or rent can be a little confusing. So, we’re going to break it down and simplify this issue.
Different locations will always demand different wetsuits. Certain locations like the UK and West Coast of the United States tend to be colder, meaning that a full wetsuit with hood is often advisable. Temperature is often the overriding factor when choosing a wetsuit; however, visibility, maneuverability, and wildlife will all play a part.
Here is a short list of some of the most common types of diving, and what to expect from them.
- Reef Diving – The most common type of warm water diving; it is usually suitable for divers of all levels. Reefs have good visibility, high temperatures, light currents, and tend to be relatively shallow.
- Kelp Diving – Swimming down amongst thick beds of kelp or seaweed; it is performed in cold water and can be quite tricky for inexperienced or claustrophobic divers. This is a dark dive, but not as dark as night diving.
- Wall Diving – This is a challenging dive, and anyone attempting it should make sure that their buoyancy is under control. Strong currents are a risk factor.
- Wreck Diving – A very popular type of diving, typically deep water with stronger currents and sharp protrusions hazards.
- Technical Diving – this type of diving is certainly not for beginners. Specialist gear is required, as the dive is often very deep.
- Spearfishing/Lobstering – Advanced divers take up underwater hunting, which provides the most sustainable form of fishing.