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Old 03-31-2014   #1
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Snorkeling in Drysuit?

Curious question I know, but has anyone trying snorkeling in a river dry suit. I am going to be in San Diego this month and I know the water is going to be cold, I have a dry suit, and only a 2mm shorty wetsuit. Has anyone ever tried it? I expect maybe some buoyancy issues!

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Buoyancy issues, plus the water pressure is very likely to force water in through the gaskets.... I don't see it working very well.

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Yeah you would have a difficult time being anything more than the michelin man thrashing at the surface. I don't think you will have gasket issues, SCUBA drysuits are similar in design, but they have relieve values that connect to the tank so you can regulate buoyancy.

There are plenty of of surf shops in SD that will rent you a wetsuit for a few days for fairly cheap.
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If you think you'll ever use it again, there sure are some cheap wetsuits out there. I bought a 3/4 on sale for under 140 bucks and it works perfectly well for the occasional SD winter surfing.
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He said snorkling not scuba diving. Buoyancy would not be an issue. Just burp it really well.
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If you just plan to float on the surface no problems.

If you think you will be diving down some then yes..... Bouncy will be an issue.

Serious snorkel and skin divers and free divers use weights.
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I have snorkeled a lot in my drysuit in freshwater. No problems. You just can't go very deep even without weights, even if you burp your suit. I don't know, but might saltwater cause problems for Gore-tex or other breathable fabrics?

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