Dressing for cold water diving & snorkeling
To dress well is important. When saying that I don’t really mean keeping up with the latest fashion, or to dress fancy when going out in town. What I mean with dressing well is to be proper equipped for the cold water adventure you’re about to face. If not having the appropriate clothing when out on an expedition, the most amazing experience could turn into a miserable suffering or even be dangerous.
How you dress to stay warm and comfortable is very individual though. Certain is that cold water snorkeling and diving do require some kind of thermal protection for us being able to enjoy the aquatic world longer than just a quick plunge! I know as I have tried, but my bikini-fun-dive didn´t last long in the 5°C cold winter fjord.
I often get the question on how to dress when diving or snorkeling in cold waters. As said, this depends on each individual, but below is a brief description on how I dress when I’m diving in the fjords of Norway, or spending time among the stunning icebergs in Antarctica.
Mostly, I dress in three layers.:
- The first one is a normal thin base layer in either synthetic or merino wool.
- My second layer is a thicker thermal underclothing. A cozy compressible fiber overall which is as comfortable to wear both before and after, as well as during the dive. Either a shell suit, or one in neoprene, both with their pros and cons. The shell suit is more flexible and easier to dry, while the neoprene is warmer due to it’s additional thermal protection. On our expeditions we offer high quality drysuits on board.
- Last but not the least, the drysuit!
- In addition to the drysuit, I wear a 10mm hood and 7mm gloves in neoprene.
Voilà, now we are ready for some cold water-fun!