IN DEEP: Keep warm before and during dive
WINTER has arrived with some very chilly mornings, especially when the westerly winds blow.
Many local divers pack away their gear for the next couple of months.
Spare a thought for divers living in Tasmania and Victoria.
Many new divers are not aware that the water temperature lags behind the air temperature by a few months.
At present the water temperature is a mild 20 degrees, while the air temperature has dropped to single digits during the past week.
The secret to staying warm both before and after the dive is to wear the right clothes.
A warm, waterproof and windproof jacket is essential.
Seas breezes are pretty constant when out in a boat.
The amount of layering of clothes underneath the jacket will depend on how cold it is.
There is always somewhere on a dive boat to stow your jacket while diving.
Generally speaking the warmer a diver is before the dive the longer he will be able to remain underwater before he starts to feel the cold.
Once out of the water and back on the boat the secret is to get dry as quickly as possible and put on the jacket.