You’ve scoured reviews, researched and refined, and finally your dive holiday in the sun is booked. Now the next big question is, what on earth do I need to pack? Don’t panic. We’ve created some handy guides based on three common types of warm weather dive holidays; a trip to the tropics, a liveaboard long weekend or a totally tech-dive-immersed time away.
Lucky you, off to explore a far flung destination such as the Philippines, Maldives, Australia, Thailand, or Egypt in the summer. You’re expecting water temperatures in the high 20’s to 30’s (degrees centigrade), not much cooler than the air temperature. Combat humidity during the day with a fast-wicking loose fit Hydro-T which will continue to provide sun protection while you snorkel. The Thermocline range is your best dive friend in this weather, easy on and off, equivalent to 2mm neoprene, and it packs up small so you can take multiple pieces to mix and match depending on the dive you’re doing. The Thermocline is also perfect to use if you’re trying out different watersports such as surfing, kayaking or SUPing; room to move whilst providing sun protection.
The dream; a holiday based purely around being in and on the water. The Red Sea, Bahamas, French Polynesia, Raja Ampat, or Mexican Socorro Island – let’s face it, you’re going to want to spend as much time in the water as possible immersed in wildlife and coral gardens. With water temperatures in the mid 20’s (degrees centigrade) the Xenos wetsuit provides good levels of warmth with a cut that makes it easy to take on and off for multiple dives a day. Take a neoprene hood and Thermocline socks in case you need some extra warmth for deeper dives. Evenings sat out on deck may get chillier so bring a comfy hoodie to throw on over a cotton t-shirt.
If diving is your life, you’re probably planning a trip to a technical diving paradise such as Mexico, Blue Hole Dahab, Gili Trawangan, Truk Lagoon, Bikini Atoll or the Caymans. Whilst the water is warm you’re probably planning long decompression dives where you’ll feel the chill if you’re not protected enough. The Proteus II wetsuit is an obvious choice with high levels of warmth for advanced divers. It comes in a 3 or 5mm and you can add gloves and a hood for full protection. Chuck in a pair of our new Technical Shorts to give you pockets to store all your spares which, thanks to the fast drainage system, won’t be falling down as you climb back onto the boat.
PROTECT THE OCEAN, SAVE YOUR SKIN.
On any of these trips, sun protection is key. When you can, always wear a rashguard and a cap to keep the sun off. Take a sunscreen like Stream2Sea that is kind to the ocean and doesn’t harm the coral. They have handy travel sizes and body care products such as sting relief and leave-in conditioner (great for dried-out salty hair!), all non-toxic if washed into the sea. Importantly don’t forget the little things that will help you reduce your plastic footprint whilst travelling; a reusable coffee cup and water bottle, metal straw, pack-away bag and fold-down tupperware always come in handy.