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porsche060
08-24-2007, 14:12
What keeps you from the boredom of not doing scuba... Or do you scuba year round because you are lucky to be in a warm weather city?

chefchris
08-24-2007, 14:13
I save up for a dry suit.

Charles R
08-24-2007, 14:14
I am buying a drysuit so I dont have this problem this winter:smiley2:

devolution365
08-24-2007, 14:20
I usually dive in the winter, actually. (I love breaking the monotony of winter by taking a vacation to somewhere warm around mid-January.) :smiley20:

-Erica

cummings66
08-24-2007, 14:25
There is only one reason you can't dive in the Winter, the ice is so thick you can cut a hole in it. Other than that, I dive all year round or at least if I can drive there I'll dive there. Somedays there's too much snow to make it there.

Jaymeany
08-24-2007, 14:31
Snowboard

No Misses
08-24-2007, 14:34
I dive all year round. What affects me most in the wintertime is the strong east winds. Sometimes it is just too rough, to get your gear on without falling overboard.

A few years back I did a boat recovery from the bottom of Lake Okeechobee the day after Christmas. The air temp that morning was 47 F and the water was a brisk 60 F. To make matters worse, I only had a 3/2 tropical wetsuit and no hood. I have since remedied that situation. When I got out of the water, a friend handed me a cup of hot coffee. I was shaking so hard that I spilled the whole thing before I could get it to my lips.

Queen
08-24-2007, 14:34
I take long walks and have "play days" at the campus gym. We'll spend a whole weekend day playing basketball, racquetball, swimming, and playing in the hot tub.

Ted S
08-24-2007, 15:02
I'm one of those lucky ones living in Southern California. The water here sure doesn't seem warm in winter but the outside temp is. Just another reason to buy that drysuit or take a trip.

MEL-DC Diver
08-24-2007, 15:04
Take a couple of dive trips someplace warm and get my gear all serviced up. The lake is closed for diving from mid-november.

thesmoothdome
08-24-2007, 15:12
I live in a warm weather city, but the water doesn't stay warm. We just bundle up in our dry suits or 7mil wet suits and brave the elements.

WV Diver
08-24-2007, 15:29
I take short trips to warm diving detinations. Winter is a good time to take your nitrox course if you haven't, service your gear, read up on your next class, hang out on ST.....................

chewyjr15
08-24-2007, 15:41
wouldnt you all love to be here in Socal?

dallasdivergirl
08-24-2007, 15:41
snow ski in New Mexico, Colorado, or Wyoming.

Play with the dogs.

Place crash derby on our one day of ice in Texas.

texdiveguy
08-24-2007, 15:58
I scuba year around....7mil and dry suit.

in_cavediver
08-24-2007, 16:57
Winter-shminter. Get a drysuit and dive whenever. That said, I prefer to ski rather than cut ice to dive. (unless its a dive worth cutting ice).

RECDiver
08-24-2007, 17:25
I scuba year-round!

FishFood
08-24-2007, 17:55
I never dive during winter, so Im VERY bored from January 15th through Jan. 25th :D


Really though, the gulf water cools off some, so a 3mill is required, and the "cold" springs feel warm in the winter...

cummings66
08-24-2007, 18:17
I've been diving when you couldn't wait to get in it because it was warmer than the air, and the air was cold enough to turn the water on your suit into ice. I've seen a wetsuit diver freeze so still he couldn't move his arms and legs until he thawed out, I've seen drysuits with ice hanging off of them.

You people that don't dive in the Winter really are missing out on some of the best diving around. It's not fun above the water, but under it's usually a tolerable 36 degree's at my local quarry. Normally in the low 40's at a large lake like Table Rock.

PlatypusMan
08-24-2007, 21:07
I am buying a drysuit so I dont have this problem this winter:smiley2:

I HAVE a drysuit so I don't have this problem this winter.

...and yes, I got it a ScubaToys!

Flatliner
08-24-2007, 22:29
There is only one reason you can't dive in the Winter, the ice is so thick you can cut a hole in it. Other than that, I dive all year round or at least if I can drive there I'll dive there. Somedays there's too much snow to make it there.

Somebody needs a bigger chainsaw.:smiley2:

Phestr
08-24-2007, 22:33
Not a problem here, I usually have to break out the 3mm. It's good to live on a subtropical island.

sidneydiver
08-25-2007, 00:05
I'm lucky enough to be able to dive year round too!

brandon
08-25-2007, 01:04
Diving here is better in the winter - water is rougher, but there is very little plankton and algae in the water. Less small critters = better vis!

-B.

picxie
08-25-2007, 02:34
Ooh ooh ooh *puts hand up*

First day of spring in one week!!! One week!!! Woo hoo!!

I've not been diving in 3 months now because of winter. I am itching to get out there.

The upside to not diving over winter is that I've been able to buy a lot of goodies that I've been wanting to buy, but haven't been able to afford (because I've been going away on short trips to some nice diving spots!). So by saving money on trips, I've spent it on gear.

This time last year I had a trip to Australia. Their winter water temperatures are our summer water temperatures, so I could easily jump in the water in a 5ml. Nice ... yet the locals complained at how cold it was. They don't know cold!

I could dive dry, but I don't want to at this stage. I'd like to get a good semi-dry and just see what difference that makes though.

woody
08-25-2007, 03:47
Travel to Warmer spots!

JugglingMonkeys
08-25-2007, 04:18
Travel to Warmer spots!

Exactly!
:smiley20:

Zenagirl
08-25-2007, 07:12
Ditto on the travel to warm water spots! Nothing better than being in the tropics mid-winter.

I also spend time enjoying this board and talking about diving...that way it's never far from my mind. :D

porsche060
08-25-2007, 07:41
Not fair :-)


Not a problem here, I usually have to break out the 3mm. It's good to live on a subtropical island.

deepdiver47
08-25-2007, 11:59
winter? head to SE Asia, Palau, Yap anyone?

chinacat46
08-25-2007, 12:34
I either travel to warmer spots or go skiing at some of the best ski resorts in the world less then 2 hours away by car.

DivingsInMyBlood
08-25-2007, 12:53
Yeah im going to say save up for a drysuit

ScubaJenn81
08-27-2007, 06:13
I go biking or hiking in the spring and fall, and then shovel in the winter

rubberduck
08-27-2007, 06:19
It's either a trip this year to a warm spot or a drysuit. Not sure which one. Who knows maybe both.

Krakenn
08-27-2007, 06:26
Buy a good hood and dive for Prawns in the River.

I guess you lads may have a problem with that in the USa as your rivers freeze up dont they?

Kraks

RikRaeder
08-27-2007, 06:36
When it's too cold to dive in the winter here, I go somewhere else!

cgvmer
08-27-2007, 06:37
Ski while dreaming of going someplace warm to dive.

cudachaser
08-27-2007, 07:14
I'm move from the ocean to the springs...ocean is more blown out in the winter

Subaqua
08-27-2007, 08:48
Take a few days to dive in warm places. Otherwise, I go practice in the pool and do some exercices. Drysuit will be the next step for me.

Disneymom
08-27-2007, 08:57
I don't know what I'll do! I know it'll drive me nuts. I'm going to dive for as long as I can in the fall, and then probably fall into depression and have to get a scrip for prozac in the winter.

tedtim
08-27-2007, 09:02
Get my gear serviced.

Inspect my tanks.

Help out with classes in the pool.

Plan, or dream of how I will save up for the next vacation.

Work to earn enough to support the diving habit.

Read.

Go swimming and to the gym to stay in some semblance of adequate physical shape.

Kingpatzer
08-27-2007, 09:17
What keeps you from the boredom of not doing scuba... Or do you scuba year round because you are lucky to be in a warm weather city?

I live in Minnesota. I plan on scuba diving year round. Dry suits and ice saws means never having to not dive ;)

willardj
08-27-2007, 09:35
Dive all winter long. Water only get down to the high 40's low 50's here and it's always great down in cave country.

georoc01
08-27-2007, 10:53
Ski, ski, ski..Living in the Rockies we ski from October to April.

That said, I am headed to Australia to Dive in December. When its summer down there!

Theepdinker
08-27-2007, 11:30
I dive Monterey bay mostly.
Water rarely changes more than 3F +/-.
Drysuit summer or winter.

Theep

Capt Hook
08-27-2007, 13:35
We dive all winter; of course we are lucky enough to live in Florida!

NitroWill
08-27-2007, 14:17
winter just means its time to bust my 3mil wetsuit out instead of diving naked :)

cheebaweebie
10-16-2007, 23:05
I had see this thread and had to comment.... dive all winter long. That's what suits are for and vis is much better than in the summer at least off of clearwater area in the gulf.

Bring the Payne
10-17-2007, 00:06
Yup, I don't plan on taking the winter off. The dry suit is on the way to solve the coldness problem!

danielh03
10-17-2007, 02:41
I don't know yet, This is my first winter as a diver, ask me in March!

medic001918
10-17-2007, 05:59
When we stop diving for the year, it's time to head to the mountains and do some skiing. My wife and I ski together pretty regularly during the winter. Well, we try to go regularly anyway. Last year was not that great of a season for skiing. Hopefully this year will be better.

Shane

TxScubaBear
10-17-2007, 06:40
....go thru withdrawal.....

RoadRacer1978
10-17-2007, 08:15
Can't say for sure about other winters, but this winter I'll be right here posting away and dreaming of diving.

mulefeathers
10-17-2007, 10:53
Kill Deer

Bring the Payne
10-17-2007, 12:26
Kill Deer

Send me some deer jerky! :smiley20:

reservecops
10-17-2007, 12:50
Fly down to Florida, stay with the parents, and dive with Dad ... :)

chace_nicole
10-17-2007, 17:31
This will be my 1st winter as a diver too, so I'm not sure yet.
Going snow skiing in Dec after long awaited graduation from Nursing school, then two days later going to Coz...from the snow to the beach, gotta love it!

BobbyWombat
10-17-2007, 17:45
Winter is snowboarding season for me.

mpd525
10-17-2007, 18:48
put on a drysuit,and go dive

RECDiver
10-17-2007, 18:48
Wadda mean can't dive????? I dive in my DUI drysuit at Lake Travis or I volunteer at Aquarena Springs and wear my 7mm wetsuit.

Kokomo
10-17-2007, 19:38
Take a vacation to someplace warm to dive. Get weekly poker games together. Go to the Y and shoot baskets, swim, play raquetball. Read books.

RikRaeder
10-18-2007, 06:52
I go somewhere I can dive, then spend the next couple of months obsessing and planning about my next dive!

jeffscuba1043
10-18-2007, 10:34
It's a good time to work on the Divemaster program and bone up on the "brain" aspect of diving.

CompuDude
10-18-2007, 11:45
Winter just means I don't use the wetsuit on easy beach dives any more... drysuit only, aside from pool sessions.

The only time we can't dive in SoCal is when the seas are too rough. That's the ONLY time I envy the quarries! (Ok, sometimes I'm a bit envious of the Fl. caves, too... and when I'm washing sand and salt out of my gear)

MSilvia
10-18-2007, 11:58
What keeps you from the boredom of not doing scuba... Or do you scuba year round because you are lucky to be in a warm weather city?
I scuba year round because I like to. Sometimes, it requires finding a place out of the snow to gear up, and sometimes I have to cut a hole in the ice to dive fresh water, but I dive. Warm weather doesn't have much to do with it.