You are standing in front of the mirror wearing a diving suit and thinking: ›There are people, whose beauty can’t be affected even by a modern designed sausage skin. Although this is just a minority. And I, yes I, definitely do not belong to them.‹ Your friends forewarned you, have fed you with diving suit information via WhatsApp.
WhatsApp Theo: Why a diving suit?
Reason 1: Protection from hypothermia. Even tropical water temperatures lie considerably below your body temperature. What is more, water deflects body heat faster than air. The consequence: You begin to freeze. That impairs your concentration capacity negatively. Suddenly you tend to make mistakes. And mistakes while diving can have very severe consequences. Reason 2: Injury protection (from scrapes or cnidarians like jellyfish).
WhatsApp Robin: The non-plus-ultra material?
Polychloroprene, brand name neoprene, a waterproof, rubberlike, foamed, synthetic rubber mix. Enclosed little gas bubbles for thermal insulation. Neoprene is mostly coated (material protection, increase in wearing comfort) on both sides with fabric (nylon, terry cloth). An additional titanium coating underneath it reflects body heat. Adapted to the individual sensitivity to cold and the temperatures of water bodies, neoprene is available in material thickness of 2.5 to 8 mm. Tropics diving suits are alternatively made of combinations of a Lycra nylon mix, dry suits of tri-laminate membrane.
WhatsApp Nelli: 3 types of diving suits?
Wet suits, semi-dry suits, dry suits. The names say it. In case of Nr. 1, cool water streams constantly through armholes, leg cut-outs & necklines in the spaces of the neoprene skin (inappropriate for cold water regions). Model options: Jumpsuit in the short form (short sleeves and shorts) or overalls. Two-piece suit of long johns (suspender pants) and jacket. Drier and warmer is the semi-dry suit: Waterproofing cuffs as well as special zippers reduce the water exchange. The dry suit offers a maximum watertight-airtight-warm package.
WhatsApp Eveline: Important, more important, the most important!
Fit: Not too tight, not too loose (stretch neoprene guarantees flexibility).
Material strength: The thicker the neoprene, the better the cold protection.
Rough orientation: Tropical waters 3 to 5 mm. Central Europe (incl. Mediterranean, Atlantic) 7 mm, semi-dry suit. Water temperature below 14 °C? Dry suit!
You are looking at the mirror: You are beginning to like the mix of foam rubberlike baby romper suit and rubber ballet bodysuit. Into the water!
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