Can I Really Cold Water Dive Comfortably?

Cold water diving often sends new divers or warm water divers running for the hills and screaming along the way.

The truth is that cold water diving is every bit as enjoyable as warm water diving, you just need the right scuba equipment and the right training.

Some of the best preserved shipwrecks in the world exist in cold waters, not to mention the amazing marine life that you will come across, such as the Grey Seals at Lundy or the Farnes.

Transitioning to cold water diving can be a challenging but highly manageable.

Here 6 tips for warm-water divers considering cold water diving. (Experienced cold water divers: Some of this may seem obvious, feel free to snicker.)

1. Cold Water Diving Requires Additional Weight:

Divers use thicker, more buoyant wetsuits (or drysuits) in cold water, which requires the use of more weight. This is obvious, and most cold water dive centers will assist divers in selecting the appropriate amount of weight for thick exposure protection.

2. Gearing Up for Cold Water Diving:

Plan ahead. Once a diver is wearing his gloves, it becomes very difficult to make small adjustments such as tucking mask skirt under the hood. On my first dive, I looked like a bit of an idiot when I put on all my gear but my mask, hobbled over to the entry platform, and then had to ask the divemaster to tuck my mask skirt into my hood because I waited to put my mask on until the last moment and couldn’t get the skirt under the hood with my gloves on.

3. Be Prepared for the Initial Cold Water Shock:

Divers transitioning to cold water diver should be prepared for the short initial, shock of entering cold water. For the first few moments in the cold water, a diver may feel that he cannot breathe easily. This is a physiological reaction known as the Mammalian Diving Reflex, and it is perfectly normal when a person’s head is submerged in cold water. It will pass. I managed my reaction to the cold by floating on the surface with my face in the water until I could control my breathing and felt comfortable. After about twenty seconds I felt great, and was ready to start my dive.

4. If a Diver Feels Cold, His Air Consumption Rate Will Increase:

When a diver’s body becomes cold, he will burn more calories to keep warm (no more fad diets for you!). He will use more oxygen and his breathing rate will increase. If the diver becomes very cold, he will shiver and his air consumption will increase more from the extra work of shivering. Thicker wetsuits and drysuits, as well as the extra weight necessary to compensate for this thicker exposure protection, will increase a diver’s drag, and thus his air consumption rate. I used a thick wetsuit for my dives, a noticed an increase in my air consumption rate as I became chilled near the end of the dives.

What is the solution to this problem? Wear proper exposure protection! 

5. Use Regulators Appropriate for Cold Water:

Most dive shops servicing cold water diving destinations rent or sell regulators appropriate for cold water diving. It is vital to use a regulator approved for cold water diving, as the first stage of a a non-cold water regulator may “freeze” due to normal cooling from gas expansion combined with chilly water, causing a free flow. Divers should also be sure to review standard protocols to avoid causing a regulator free flow, even when diving with cold water regulators.

6. Mask Clearing in Cold Water – Be Prepared:

Most divers find that the shock of cold water on the face makes exhaling to clear a mask difficult in cold water. This reaction can be overcome with practice, but divers must experience the cold water shock a few times before they learn clear their masks easily. It’s not hard, but practicing mask clearing in cold water is essential to being safe on cold water dives.
With proper preparation and gear, a diver shouldn’t be cold – even in cold water. When it is done correctly, cold water diving should be just as comfortable as warm water diving, and equally as enjoyable.

DiveStyle Clearance Sale

DiveStyle Clearance Sale!!!

We are making room for great new products in 2014 so come and grab yourself a great bargain!

On the 27th and 28th December ONLY we will be running the following in store discounts:

  • Spend over £100 on courses and receive a 10% discount
  • Spend over £150 on diving equipment and receive a 20% discount
  • Spend over £200 on camera, video or computers and receive a 10% discount

No other promotion can be used in conjunction with these promotions.
Promotion ends 18:00 on the 28th December.
Promotion applies to in-store stock items only.
Courses to be completed within 6 months of purchase.

Last Minute Rush? Then a DiveStyle gift voucher is just the ticket!

Struggling for ideas?

Then a DiveStyle gift voucher is just the ticket!

A gift voucher can be used for anything at DiveStyle, from courses to servicing.

We will customise the gift certificate with your pictures and messages so your loved ones have a personalised gift to open on Christmas morning.

Gift certificates start from only £5.

On the 15th day or Christmas, my true love said to me……

Spend less get more!

Until the 24th December 2014 we will give you a free £5 voucher for every £50 voucher you buy (or multiples of). E.g. Buy a £50 get a £5 voucher free, buy a £100 voucher get £10 voucher free!

Get the idea? The more you spend the more you earn!

Offer ends the 24th December 2014 at 12:00

On the 14th day of Christmas my true love said to me…….

Full Open Water Course PLUS Drysuit Speciality for £429.00!

Come and see me in the wild!

Come and see me in the wild! – Open Water Course

Just select the drysuit for £30! in the promotion box

Offer ends 18:00 14-12-13
Payment to made at time of booking
Course to be completed within 6 months of booking
Offer supersedes all other OW Offers
Offer is for OW Bronze only
Drysuit to be completed as part of OW course

Drysuit Clearance Sale


Christmas is round the corner so here at DiveStyle we thought we would try and find a couple of early presents for the keen divers amongst you.

We are making way for new stock coming in 2014 and are ready to offer some stunning deals on drysuits we have in stock.

The guys at the shop have not been allowed home until they searched every nook and cranny to come up with some fantastic drysuit offers.

Offers that would make any hardened UK diver part release their money from their icy grip :0).


All suits come with Drysuit hose

Oceanic Flexdura – RRP £702.00 – Sale Price £550.00 (No drysuit bag)

Oceanic Flexdura

Ladies – Medium Large – Extra Small Neoprene Socks (no rock boots) – Blue Black
Ladies – Extra Large – Medium Neoprene Socks (no rock boots) – Blue Black – P-Valve
Ladies – Medium  – Extra Small Neoprene Socks (no rock boots) – Blue Black
Mens – Medium – Large Neoprene Socks (no rock boots) – Blue Black

Oceanic HD400 – RRP £520 – Sale Price £420.00 (No drysuit bag)

Oceanic HD400 - MaleOceanic HD400 - Female

Mens – Large – Large Neoprene Socks (no rock boots) –  Black
Mens – Medium – Medium Neoprene Socks (no rock boots) – Black
Ladies – Medium – Medium Neoprene Socks (no rock boots) – Pink

Hollis DX-300 – RRP £1159 – Sale Price £999.00 (No drysuit bag)

Hollis DX-300

Mens – Extra Extra Large – XXL Neoprene Socks (no rock boots) –  Black
Mens – Small – Medium Neoprene Socks (no rock boots) –  Black
Mens – Medium – Medium Neoprene Socks (no rock boots) –  Black
Ladies – Large – Extra Small Neoprene Socks (no rock boots) –  Black – (leg length 69cm, arm 64cm)

The sale only applies to suits that are in stock and come as seen.
The offer is in store only and cannot be bought online.
No returns will be accepted on sale items.

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love said to me…….

Buy any dive computer and receive a £20 gift voucher to spend in store!



01189 761729

Gift voucher cannot be applied to the purchase of the computer.
Gift voucher must be used within 6 months.
Gift vouchers are none transferable.
Offer ends 18:00 on the 11th December