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#2295 - 12/10/02 04:09 PM What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
Matt_dup1 Offline
new diver

Registered: 12/10/02
Posts: 2
Loc: Indiana
I am new to Scuba Diving and I have never had to wear a wetsuit for snokeling so I was wondering what scuba divers wear under their wetsuits?

I will be diving where the water is warmer if that matters.

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#2296 - 12/11/02 02:38 AM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
bpadivers Offline
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Registered: 03/19/01
Posts: 88
Loc: Roswell, NM
I wear basic swimming shorts. They bunch up but the material is so thin you dont notice. Most men I have been diving with wear speedo tell all tinies. Some men and thankfully some women go bare all underneath. They are usually European, and fun to hang out with at the bar after the dive!

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#2297 - 12/11/02 02:16 PM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
DiverD Offline
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Registered: 12/11/02
Posts: 33
Loc: So. Cal.
matt,

I don't wear anything under my wet suit and I'm not from Europe. Except when trying them on in a store, I can't think of any reason whatsoever why anyone would need to wear anything under a wetsuit. Its both uncomfortable and unnecessary. If you're worried about changing its a simple trick of wrapping a beach towel around your waist, taking off your pants, slipping into your suit, then removing the towel. This trick does take some skill so practice it before you get on the boat [Wink]

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#2298 - 12/27/02 08:43 AM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
ozzie_fellow Offline
avid diver

Registered: 12/27/02
Posts: 14
Loc: Seattle, WA
Hmmm, I guess you folks don't dive in the great Northwest! For me to stay warm, I have a Henderson 7mm long john with a shorty over the top. I am comfortable, but it's a bugger trying to get out of it after a dive. I was wondering if anyone has used a dive skin? This is a 1mm jump suit that goes next to the skin (naked or speedos optional). Do these help in getting the wet suit on and off, and do they provide any real additional warmth?

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#2299 - 12/27/02 10:58 AM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
WreckDiver Offline
avid diver

Registered: 11/27/02
Posts: 7
Loc: Madison, Wisconsin
I also dive with a 7mm Farmer John style wet suit, and I do dive with a skin underneath it. I used to use a fleece lined Polartec, but just wasn't completely happy with it.

I changed to a Sharkskin a few years back, which is basically a thin plastic suit (I believe the fabric is polyolefin), and am very pleased with it. Aeroskin is another company that makes a similar suit.

They do make the thicker neoprene wetsuits slide on and off easier. The polyolefin fabric also sheds water very quickly, and dries in a fraction of the time that it took the polartec to dry. If you're doing multiple dives, it makes it easier to put the wet exposure suits back on after your surface intervals.

I also wear the Sharkskin under my shorty when I'm in warmer water. If I'm making 4 or 5 dives a day, it keeps me from getting chilled toward the end of the day. It can also give you a little protection from any accidental contact with things that could sting.

Hope this helps.

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#2300 - 12/28/02 05:01 AM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
excite2scuba Offline
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Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 25
Loc: Frenchtown NJ
I dive the cold waters of New Jersey. I have a 7mil henderson semi-dry, I wear a hotskin under suit and top it off with a 3mil vest that I like to wear to keep my chest area warmer. My last dive , nov 11 the water was 44 degrees at 80 ft.I was alittle cold but it was bearable.

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#2301 - 12/29/02 12:27 AM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
DiverD Offline
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Registered: 12/11/02
Posts: 33
Loc: So. Cal.
quote:
For me to stay warm, I have a Henderson 7mm long john with a shorty over the top. I am comfortable, but it's a bugger trying to get out of it after a dive.
Ozzie_Fellow, I'm diving a 7mm fullsuit (jumpsuit?) with a hooded vest underneath. getting out with a towel is simple too. Pull the suit as far down your waist as you dare, then wrap the towel around you. now pull your suit down from the waist (grip suit at armpits for max leverage) as far as you can. you should get to about your knees. Now, with one foot, pin down the leg of your suit as close to the other leg as you can. You now have your full body weight on the suit as close as you can get to your other leg. Now just yank that other leg straight up as hard you can. Your leg should now be out to its ankle. Readjust your weight to pin down more of the suit as close to your ankle as you can and yank again, out comes your foot. Now its even easier with the ramaining leg because one leg is free. Its hard to work a wetsuit with just your hands, your legs are much stronger and this leaves your hands free to balance and get a hold of a rail or something. do not sit down while your doing this or the towel will show all. This towel technique is standard changing MO if you surf and change at the beach or in the beach parking lots. [Big Grin]

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#2302 - 01/22/03 08:32 PM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
sharkdiver Offline
avid diver

Registered: 01/22/03
Posts: 9
Loc: usa
Check out this link. these shorts are much more modest than a speedo and will not bunch up under a wetsuit. I was thrilled to find these. http://www.divegearusa.com/mendivshorpo.html

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#2303 - 01/23/03 10:33 AM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
DiverD Offline
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Registered: 12/11/02
Posts: 33
Loc: So. Cal.
I like 'em, but dang! $44 bucks! Oh well...

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#2304 - 01/23/03 03:35 PM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
Matt_dup1 Offline
new diver

Registered: 12/10/02
Posts: 2
Loc: Indiana
Thanks but I think I will just continue wearing speedos under my wetsuit since I dive where it is warm.

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#2305 - 01/26/03 10:21 AM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
BadFish Offline
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Registered: 09/13/01
Posts: 91
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
I wear swim trunks and its just fine how ever i just got a pair of bike short (long spandex shorts)
and let me tell you how much i really like them.
they don't bunch up, they make sliping into my
wetsuit easier, and they dry very fast.

i wear a two piece farmerjohn and the shoulder straps are starting to bother me,(some little piece of the velcro keeps poking and skrcthing me.) so i am thinking of getting my self a rash guard. you know the kind you use for surfing.

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#2306 - 01/27/03 10:33 AM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
BillL Offline
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Registered: 05/08/02
Posts: 455
Loc: So. California, USA
If the suit is nylon material in the inside a lycra suit will make it easier to put on. A smooth rubber suit on the inside (Henderson Gold Core or Tilos Platinum Glideskin) does not work as well with a lycra and is better with as much bare skin as possible using a wet/dry slide lotion.

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#2307 - 01/27/03 10:41 AM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
DiveVawreks Offline
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Registered: 01/27/03
Posts: 31
Loc: Virginia
If you dont need any more thermal protection, wear a lycra skin. They are very thin and it makes a wet, wetsuit slip right on. It also act's as anti friction. What I mean by this is, as you move around it lets your wet suit slide a little. The neo doesnt stick to you. If you are doing s drills or valve drills it is more comfortabls.

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#2308 - 01/27/03 02:33 PM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
SCUBA Aruba Offline
new diver

Registered: 01/27/03
Posts: 3
Loc: Vermont, USA & Aruba
Lycra shorts work great. Kind of like the bicycling shorts and far from speedo.

Performance diver has them. I think around $20

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#2309 - 01/28/03 10:26 AM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
BillL Offline
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Registered: 05/08/02
Posts: 455
Loc: So. California, USA
The more Lycra you wear the easier the suit will slip on.

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#2310 - 02/02/03 07:03 PM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
jo Offline
new diver

Registered: 02/02/03
Posts: 4
Loc: B.C Canada
i just wear my bikini under my wetsuit. Hahaha how can you wear nothing underneath lol where doyou guys live I want to see! lol Yea so i think bathing suits are fine.

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#2311 - 02/13/03 01:27 PM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
ozzie_fellow Offline
avid diver

Registered: 12/27/02
Posts: 14
Loc: Seattle, WA
Hello again

I finally managed to get my new dive skin wet this weekend, along with a new pair of speedos. Top marks for both items. OK, I am a little shy about wriggling out of a damp wetsuit with just a towel wrapped around me (DiverD's suggestion). The dive skin helped with the down the spine blast of cold water I could sometimes experience, and taking the wet suit off afterwards was 100% easier. The speedos didn't bunch up like regular swim trunks. Good investment for cold water diving.

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#2312 - 04/14/03 08:14 AM Re: What do you wear under your Wetsuits?
reefmonkey Offline
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Registered: 09/18/02
Posts: 29
Loc: Houston, TX
Those dive shorts look great, I'll have to try them. For a long time I wore replicas of WWII UDT swimmers shorts that you could get through Brigade Quartermaster (www.actiongear.com) but they don't seem to make them any more, and they're cotton, so they don't last super long. They're great while they do besause they are short and bodyhugging without being immodest like a speedo. I miss them. Under my shorty I just wear swimming shorts, but under my long suit I wear a lycra skin, problem solved. I've also gotten a good procedure or putting on a suit, esp. if I don't wear a skin. Grab the crotch inside the suit and push the top of the suit inside out down to the crotch. Get into the suit, adjust your shorts, and roll the top of the suit up your body condom-style. No bunching. Man, I wanna go diving with the girls who wear nothing under their wetsuits!

[ 04-14-2003, 08:16 AM: Message edited by: reefmonkey ]

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