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Old 02-23-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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Anyone been diving recently in the gulf and can report the water temp at the depth they were diving? Someone told me it's about low 60s right now. Debatting if I want to dive anytime soon since I only have a 3-2 wetsuit. Thanks
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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Not diving but I was reading 60degrees out of OBA monday.
Just get a hood and the 3mm should be enough if you have some warm water on the boat.
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Old 02-23-2012, 02:17 PM   #3
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http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=42012
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:05 PM   #4
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Thanks coolblue, I have a hood and some thicker boots. I might give it a shot.

I saw the buoy data, but isn't there a difference with surface water temp and temp down 70 feet?
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The bouy only gives the temp .6 meters below the bouy. you also have to take into account current, thermocline etc. there used to be a calculation somewhere for every foot in depth the temp dropsxxx. not accurate due to make up of sea floor and geo location, but kinda like a rule of thumb
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:40 PM   #6
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last year 21 Feb, out towards ex Oriskany (~100ft), surface was 61 F, bottom 58 F
last year 21 Mar, same spot, surface 68 F, bottom 64 F
the difference in "winter" tends to be minimal to none, transitioning a about now, will increase as the surface warms up.
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:22 PM   #7
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I dove the Oriskany about two weeks ago and I was fine with a 3mm suit hood and booties.
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My last dive was 1/7 with clay-doh on the Oriskany(swanders boat)
First dive was with a 5mm and a hood, I was very warm, second dive we omitted the hoods and it was chilly. now I kind of wish I would of just gotten a hood insted of spending the money on a 5mm and just use my 3mm with the hood.
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I'm thinking about doing a shore dive for some sheep. The hood makes a big difference.
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:32 PM   #10
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two day ago 63 top to bottom 80 feet.
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