Summer has all but faded and there is a distinct chill in the night air – a clear signal that fall is coming. Although that signal may be a depressing one for some of us, cold water divers are just warming up (so to speak).
If you’re new to cold water diving, you may have a thing or two to learn. It’s always a good idea to take a course if you’re unsure. But if you’ve done it once or twice before, you’ll know about the basics. You’ll know that you’ll need a drysuit, hood and gloves in addition to your regular dive gear. Those are some of the essentials. But there are some other things you may not have considered. The following cold-water diving gear may just make your dive more comfortable.
Cold dives are notoriously messy, which can be hard on your precious gear. Storage bins can help keep your gear protected from the elements when not in use, and they can also help keep you organized. Organization is a real time saver, and less time spent freezing is always appreciated!
Not only can mesh bags keep your gear bag organized, but they are also great for keeping small items from rolling around in your bag. Keep all the small stuff together in a bag and you’ll find it in an instant.
Okay, so you don’t have to don Crocs, unless you want to, but plastic shoes really come in handy on cold water dives. Have you ever messed up a pair of dive socks walking back from a dive? Oftentimes, the socks make it difficult to put your regular shoes on, so divers just end up ruining their socks. Try on a pair of plastic slip-on shoes with your dive socks in the store to ensure you have the right fit.
Canteen of Hot Water
This isn’t for drinking, unless you’re especially parched. Hot water comes in handy for thawing frozen gear and pouring on your hands when you need to increase blood flow. If you’re looking for something to warm you up from the inside, bring another canteen of hot cocoa or tea. Why not treat yourself a little?
Warm Hat and Gloves
We know you’ll pack all of the gear you’ll need under water, but don’t forget how cold you’ll be when you come back up. Bring a dry snug fitting hat that will keep heat from escaping through your head. Also, you’ll need your hands to remain nimble in order to pack and unpack your gear, so invest in a thin yet warm pair of glovesto put on after you emerge from the water.