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    What wetsuit for West Palm Beach and Key Largo in December?

    I have a 2 week trip planned to Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale in December, and am planning on diving in WPB (when I'm staying at Delray Beach) and from Key Largo (when I'm in Fort Lauderdale), plus local dives closer to both WPB and FLL.

    I have 4mm and 7mm wetsuits, what would you recommend as a good compromise for those locations in December?

    Thanks,
    Nuno

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    4mm would be enough for me, but some folks dive drysiuts!
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    wet suit

    Quote Originally Posted by nunofs View Post
    I have a 2 week trip planned to Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale in December, and am planning on diving in WPB (when I'm staying at Delray Beach) and from Key Largo (when I'm in Fort Lauderdale), plus local dives closer to both WPB and FLL.

    I have 4mm and 7mm wetsuits, what would you recommend as a good compromise for those locations in December?

    Thanks,
    Nuno
    I would say 4 to 7 depending on your tolerance to cold water I wear a 2 pcs 3mm = 6mm and I am good in about 60 to 70 degrees.
    I can't seem to stay dry, The fish look at me weird!!!!

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    http://www.scuba-adventures.com/faq.shtml

    Here is link that gives you a good idea of what to expect during the different seasons and what you may want to bring regarding thermal protection.

    It is also a good link to Jim Abernathy's, a good dive shop in the WPB area that I have used many times over the years and would highly recommend to you.

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    I dive Fort Lauderdale all year. I wear a 3 mil full suit in summer. In the winter I wear a 3mil farmer john and a 3 mil beenie to keep the noggin warm ;-)
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    Thanks for all the opinions... based on that I'm leaning towards taking the 7mm with me, would rather be a little too warm (easy to solve by letting water in) than have to cut dives short because of being cold.

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    In the summerr it is a dive skin or a SSA suit. In winter it is a 3 mm full suit. Even in winter So Fla waters rarely drop below 74 degrees.
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    i was gonna say... wow... im summer (or anything not winter) i dive bare, shorts and a rash guard only... im gonna pick up a 3mil for the long winter months..
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    Hmmm... seems like the "cold" people put their suggestions in first, and then the "warm" people came with theirs after I thought I had made up my mind ... now I have some more thinking to do...

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    I dived in early Jan in a dry suit. At the end of the dive the initials laughing at me quickly turned into envy. For me anything below 75 with more than 2 dives on 2 days mans dry suit

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