Drysuits are heavy, uncomfortable, expensive and difficult to operate… Said somebody at some stage but have you ever dived one? Yes they do cost more than Wetsuits but will out-perform any wetsuit on any given day in all temperate diving conditions. They are convenient in that you don’t need to dry off afterwards and don’t get the wind chill against your wet body. To most who have made the wise transition find they are a complete wonder and look back on their wetsuit diving days in complete disarray!
Imagine being completely dry at the end of every dive.. For those who have yet to understand how a Drysuit works, commonly they are completely enclosed accept for openings at the end of the arms (with wrist seals) and an opening at the top with a “neck seal”. Because of this, a properly operated Drysuit in good repair will keep you completely dry for the entire dive. At the end there is no mess and you are already dry!
Economy is not something many think about when a Drysuit is concerned but the opposite is actually true. Drysuits are harder wearing generally and save you the countless levels of discomfort and inconvenience required to keep even remotely warm diving a wetsuit in cooler waters. Sure it can be done but not without spending a considerable amount of time before, during and after your dive concentrating on techniques to keep you warm. When diving a Drysuit you can adjust the temperature to the conditions and mindlessly wonder around or carry out tasks underwater without such an energy expense and cost to your concentration. While diving a Drysuit in temperate conditions, the increased value you get from every dive and energy left over is substantial.
Diving in even the coldest waters of the world can be done in comfort with a Drysuit. Using the correct Drysuit features and undergarments means you can stay warm in any climate. With an adjustable layer of air and thermal layer’s between the diver and external layer of a Drysuit you can achieve any level of protection and warmth. Some people prefer diving their Drysuit so much to the point they will wear fewer thermal layers in warmer waters just to dive dry!