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Old 12-21-2013, 10:02 PM   #1
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I am currently looking into building up scuba equipment so that i can get my certification and do some diving. I have found a store with alot of suits from surf shop at killer prices and would like to know how to actually size a suit for myself. I stand 5'8" and wear size 38 pants and 1x-2x shirts depending on the company.
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Old 12-21-2013, 10:07 PM   #2
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I'm assuming 'on line' otherwise you could just try them on? Why don't you go into a shop and try some on to see what fits or get their professional input.
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Old 12-21-2013, 10:15 PM   #3
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I am currently looking into building up scuba equipment so that i can get my certification and do some diving. I have found a store with alot of suits from surf shop at killer prices and would like to know how to actually size a suit for myself. I stand 5'8" and wear size 38 pants and 1x-2x shirts depending on the company.
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You shouldn't need anything but mask,fins and snorkel to get a certification, the shop will provide the remaining gear needed.
Go to a local shop and try on the wet suits they have in stock, lots of sales this time of year.
Try Dive Pros, MBT and Scuba Shack all located in Pensacola.
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I am currently looking into building up scuba equipment so that i can get my certification and do some diving. I have found a store with alot of suits from surf shop at killer prices and would like to know how to actually size a suit for myself. I stand 5'8" and wear size 38 pants and 1x-2x shirts depending on the company.
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I would guess XL but if you look online there are height weight charts for pretty much any brand out there. I dont scuba dive but have gotten some excellent deals on like new suits for snorkling on ebay once i looked at some size charts and got a good idea of what i needed.
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:25 AM   #5
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Good advise go get mask, fins and snorkel and everything else will be supplied with the lessons. Dive pros has a heated pool so you can try the above essentials before you purchase them. Then if you decide not to continue after or during the lessons you don't drop a load of money for nothing.
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I'm assuming 'on line' otherwise you could just try them on? Why don't you go into a shop and try some on to see what fits or get their professional input.
All good advice above. That being said, personally want to know who last peed in my wetsuit regardless of how well the dive shop cleans and sanitizes it before doling it out.

Some alternatives to think on; a thin shorty or farmer john to wear under the dive shop provided suit.
scuba.com and leisure pro both have closeout and end of year specials once you know size and manufacture preferences, just have to watch the sales . They are also a good guide for comparison shopping.

Just make sure it's something you really want to do before dumping loads of cash on equipment.
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...personally want to know who last peed in my wetsuit regardless of how well the dive shop cleans and sanitizes it before doling it out.
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Just make sure it's something you really want to do before dumping loads of cash on equipment.
Agreed.
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:04 PM   #8
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I would like to know what you can catch from a flushed out dryed peed in wet suit? Wait a minute I'll tell you, nothing. My first tour on a diving ship in New London Conn. had nothing but community wet suits for 25 divers and all of us would wait till we got in the 30 degree water to pee. Then guess who was in charge of maintaining them. Phew the air flats smelled like the urinals while they were drying. Go use the dive shops stuff until you are sure you want to purchase yours. Plus you will have a much better idea on what kind of gear suits you best...
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if you decide not to continue after or during the lessons you don't drop a load of money for nothing.
Some people cannot dive, they just can't equalize or have some other diving disability for the lack of better words. I would hate to drop a bunch of coin for gear that I can't use. My wife and I got certified at DivePros, I was worried that I was going to be one of the guys that couldn't dive, I guess just because I want to dive so bad. Our instructor told us that if we could equalize on the bottom of the pool(12or14ft) and not feel any pressure that we wouldn't have a problem in the open water. Once we were on the bottom with no issues we wrote a blank check and had our own brand new gear for our last dive of the class.

You'll be fine with a used wetsuit, but just keep saving for gear and wait until class to be sure you know what you need and what you are getting.
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Wet suits designed for surfing as opposed to diving are a better choice. Much more flexible, and durable in my opinion, and can be used for diving as well as surfing or other water sports. I've had great luck with Ripcurl suits. Don't get the cheapest wetsuit either, there is a big difference in neoprene quality and the thing that keeps you warm is not the thing to skimp on.
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