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Diving in icy waters and the equipment necessary

Diving in places with weather conditions such as those of the Antarctica can be very challenging and demand not only a special training but also special equipment and an important amount of experience on the sport. The temperature of these kinds of waters can be of about -2.2ºC to -1.6ºC, and therefore, not only expertise but also the right protection is indispensable in order to be able to dive safely in them.

Maintaining the body warmth is crucial while diving in icy waters due to the low temperatures and the quickness in which the diver's body could become cold. If a diver gets too cold this can affect his body movements and his reasoning capabilities, becoming a very threatening obstacle which could even turn fatal. This way, using an adequate diving suit is mandatory and must be one of the first things a diver considers at the time of becoming prepared for diving in these kinds of waters.

If you are willing to dive into icy waters such as the Antarctica ones and do not know which suit would be the ideal for it, you can ask an expert at the diving shop who can guide you. Usually, if you are looking for a suit to wear in icy waters, you would be recommended to wear a dry suit such as those made of crushed neoprene or similar. In case of materials such as crushed neoprene, you will need to wear clothes which help you maintaining your body temperature and insulation in addition to the suit since those kinds of suits do not provide it.

Besides the diving suit, you must also acquire the gloves, hood, mask, socks and boots which can assure you of being isolated from the icy waters in which you will dive as well as allow you to maintain your body temperature. If you do not know which ones would be the best choice, you should ask for advice a person with expertise at your diving shop.

Your diving suit and each diving accessory you wear must seal and allow you to be sure no water will filter through it. It is highly important that you try your suit and check for this before going into the icy waters in which you wish to dive. You must check that water doesn’t go into your body through the hood, the gloves or the boots you will wear.

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