View Full Version : When Do Midwesterners call it a season?

09-16-2008, 01:04
Hello Just wondering when the great people of the midwest call it the end of the dive season.

09-16-2008, 05:25
Many dive dry, so, we try and continue diving all year long. Really the only stop is when there is a tremendous amount of ice and snow. However, I know a few that this doesn't stop them. I dove Mermet Springs last February in a ice storm.

For wetsuits, it is typically when the water temp gets in the 60's. This really depends on the weather during the fall. I would say most wetsuiters are done sometime in December and start back up in April.


09-16-2008, 07:06
Many of my buddies think the season is just starting come late November and that it kind of ends come February, but we dive drysuits. Honestly, that's the best times of year to dive. For a wetsuit diver I'd say that it ends sometime in October/November most of the time and starts in late April early May.

09-17-2008, 10:45
Scuba diving is kind of like shooting deer here in the Ozarks, it's done all year long!
:snipersmilie: :troll: = :pegcon08:

09-17-2008, 10:54
When you get to 'cold' to dive anymore!!

Plus 'real' divers dive year around no matter the weather or conditions.... :)

**It is miserable trying to have fun and be safe when cold in the water....safety first always........a dry suit does wonders though for extending your dive time to some of the best dive days during the year--winter.

Have fun and stay warm!

09-17-2008, 10:58
The season ends on 12/31 at 23:59 and resumes on 1/1 at 00:01. About as short an off season as Branson's

09-17-2008, 11:47
Normally, as a former wetsuit diver, October would be about it. However, with the drysuit coming today, only limitation will be the ice.

09-17-2008, 13:41
If the water's open, I'll dive it. If it's frozen...then cut a hole and dive.

Oh yeah...dry suits are for woosies!!! 7mm will work the world over-except above point barrow in Feb, but that's another story.:smiley36::smilie39:

Of course part of that is because I don't have one.....:smilie40:

09-17-2008, 13:50
Only when the windchill is so cold that your drysuit freezes as soon as you get out of the water and you cant move.

Dark Wolf
09-17-2008, 14:21
END OF THE SEASON???????????


09-17-2008, 22:49
Depends on how bad you want to go. Went last year several times in 38 deg water,in my 7 mm farmer john wetsuit.

09-17-2008, 23:52
Depends on how bad you want to go. Went last year several times in 38 deg water,in my 7 mm farmer john wetsuit.

Now that is wanting to dive. You need a drysuit.

09-18-2008, 16:49
Never ends!!!

09-18-2008, 17:23
Here in Dallas, we dive at quarries and lakes. I only have a 3mm, so season is late April to September for me. But then, quarries are boring...

09-18-2008, 18:42
When hell freezes over Then we are done, at least for that season!!

fire diver
09-18-2008, 18:56
Of course this is subjective to the individual diver, but for me it currently depends on the topside conditions. I don't have my drysuit yet, but the water temps don't deter me from diving. It's when the wind and cold stop me from stripping down and donning my 7mil wetsuit on the beach that I call it a season. Normally this runs about late Nov to March, but you never can tell in Oklahoma. I've played football in shorts and T-shirt on Christmas before.

09-20-2008, 00:57
As long as I can get to the quarry, it doesn't end. It use to end about November and not start till May. Now that I dive dry, not an issue.

09-21-2008, 08:25
Last year, I only had a 3mm, and the last dive was in November. This year I have a drysuit, so I'm good all winter!

09-23-2008, 17:35
I dove last year when it was cold enough that the water froze solid on my drysuit before I got to the car. I had to go someplace warm to thaw out the water so I could get out of the drysuit. It's normally black, but it was white that day. The water was nice in comparison.

09-23-2008, 18:08
I dive wet for now, so some time in oct I'll call it, but I am asking Santa for a drysuit this Christmas so next year I'll lay off when it's REALLY cold, but other than that.....

09-23-2008, 18:34
Last year my season ended on 10/21. My wife and I only had wetsuits and the water was to cold for her. We started this year on 03/01 officially but it was only a 13 minute dive in 43 degree water, we then waited to mid May to really start our diving. Now we are both drysuited up and plan on diving all winter. We will see how that goes this year though!! I'm actually excited about diving this winter for a new experience.

10-06-2008, 23:31
I went to Tenkiller last weekend and was diving without a wetsuit and was fine.. Planning on going again this weekend.:smiley20:

10-06-2008, 23:35
Wow I wish there where places around here that I could dive without a wetsuit. In the summer you can get by with a 3mm but nothing is quite cold. More power to you!

10-07-2008, 00:22
Actually, we have four seasons of diving here so it doesn't ever end although the days get shorter this time of year.

Brandon Belew
10-07-2008, 00:27
Drysuits are for sissies! :) I'll dive all year round if I can find someone else to partake with me.

Probably my last dive of the year will be the first weekend in december w/ our OW students. First dive of next year will hopefully be new years day.

10-10-2008, 13:50
Drysuits are the bomb for just this reason, no end to the season.:smiley2: