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    Found trick for cold toes!

    Hi Ladies!

    Okay, this will only work if you diving dry, but I am also researching techniques for diving wet.

    I had two dives in about 55 deg F water yesterday and after the first dive (40 minutes) I found my toes were FROZEN. OMG. It took almost 30 minutes for the tingly sensations to go away. I had on 2 pairs of ski socks in my dry suit.

    On my second dive, I still wore the 2 pairs of ski socks, but between the two layers I placed those air activated hand warmers. I put them very close to the toes. My DUI suit uses rock boots and there is plenty of room for the little packet at the top of the foot region.

    When I came out of the water, my toes were comfortable. No numb swollen feeling or tinglyness. Phew.

    My hands on the other hand.....

    I am still using wet gloves and will be looking for a hand warmer system that can be submerged. I'm sure that they are out there somewhere.

    If anyone knows of a pocket warmer that can withstand water, please pass it along.

    LOL - I may even throw a few of the warmers into my dry suit.

    If you have not used these before - do not place directly on your skin. They can get VERY HOT and you will not be able to adjust them once dressed and underwater.

    Here's another tip - after you are done diving throw them under your bed covers to take the chill out of your bed.
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    When I use to go football games or deer hunting in the winter I use to buy the back chemical activated heating pads that they use for back pain that wrap around you middle and wear them backwards under heavy coat and just stayed toasty warm.
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    someone once suggested that putting cracked peppercorns in your socks next to your toes would help....Has anyone ever heard of this??

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    there are waterproof heat packs that you boil, let set for a while, then when you are ready to use them, press a button on them, then they activate and become warm (hot?) I do not recall the name, but I have used them before... they work quite well
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    Underwater heat

    The rechargeable pads you're thinking of are Thermo-Pads.
    Thermo-Pad Instant Heating Pad Home Page

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    I dive wet, so bought a couple pairs of Merino wool socks for inside my booties. Really helps keep my toes warm....but then again, I'm talking about 70 degree water, not 55 degrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoodie View Post
    The rechargeable pads you're thinking of are Thermo-Pads.
    Thermo-Pad Instant Heating Pad Home Page
    thankyouthankyouthankyou.

    I knew they existed!
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    I have never used any type of heating pads but I have issues with my toes cramping up. I have pins in my feet from Iraq and I don't know if that is the cause or if it is something else. Anyone have the same issues?

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    I get cramps in my ankle where I have some hardware keeping the bones in place. I typically just use my scuba socks and scuba booties...and I try a variety of finning techniques, if a flutter causes pain, I changed to a frog or modified frog, and vice versa.
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    A good pair of 3mm neoprene soft boots should take care of 55*F water and keep you toasty warm, without all the fuss.

    I have used them for several years and found that down to about 50*F, with rock boots, they are nice. I dive a trilam shell suit.
    Last edited by WV Diver; 11-10-2008 at 10:16.


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