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Old 08-18-2015, 11:40 AM   #1
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Hey everyone. I just signed up for SCUBA classes and purchased my basic supplies. I am interested in getting my own wetsuit too. How do you know what style you will need. I have seen short ones and long ones & different thicknesses. I am a serious hunter during the winter months, so my diving will be limited to Spring and Summer, mostly here in Pensacola or South Florida. Any input would be helpful.
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It all depends on water temp and sea life in my opinion
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Old 08-18-2015, 12:08 PM   #3
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It takes a while for all that water to warm up in the spring. If you are going to be limited to one suit, I'd suggest a 2 piece: farmer john and a jacket. That gives you some flexibility (wear 1, the other, or both), as well as max warmth when needed (both).
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Go with flounderpounder's recommendation, or get a one piece 3 mil and a 5 mil hooded vest.
I don't like having bare arms because if I don't stone a fish, I usually squeeze them between my arm and body while I dispatch them.
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Hey everyone. I just signed up for SCUBA classes and purchased my basic supplies. I am interested in getting my own wetsuit too. How do you know what style you will need. I have seen short ones and long ones & different thicknesses. I am a serious hunter during the winter months, so my diving will be limited to Spring and Summer, mostly here in Pensacola or South Florida. Any input would be helpful.
No matter what .... you'll probably have a closet full of various mils and configurations before you know it. (Then you'll be trying to sell the excess on here.)

Just buy what you need now and remember you'll be buying more in the future as needs arrive.

That said ... a full 2/3mil suit should be fine tor most situations if you're just going to be a warm water only diver as I am. If it's plenty warm you can just skip the wetsuit ... however a dive-skin can come in handy if there's jellies, so ya might wanna think about getting a skin too for the warmest part of the year.
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Old 10-29-2015, 04:15 PM   #6
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I've got a few 3 mm farmer John wetsuits for sale if your interested call me @ 777-6722
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Old 10-29-2015, 05:30 PM   #7
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Don't listen to anyone your classes will supply the wet suit to suit the weather. After you are certified wait until it gets cold by renting a suit. Then you will know what you want. I can tell you what you will need for winter in Pensacola. A 7 mil farmer John bottoms and full top with a hooded vest over the Farmer john. Anything less for the coldest days and several dives will not be enough. I would never buy a one piece suit. But that's just me.with a few dives.......
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The original post was from August and he said he was NOT diving in the winter because he will be hunting (in the woods).
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Old 10-31-2015, 04:08 PM   #9
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I prefer the 2 piece wet suits. It gives you the option of wearing only the farmer johns. This is nice in cool water. It also provides an extra layer of protection to your torso during the winter.
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id wear a pair or old khajis and long sleeve tee shirt in the summer
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