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Roberto

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Need Wetsuit in Sipadan?
« on: 07 May 10, 16:01 »
going on my 1st trip to sipadan. just wondering if i need my wetsuit there? i have gathered different feedbacks. some says there are thermocline there and it can be cold, while some says just jump in your rashies. anyone?

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Re: Need Wetsuit in Sipadan?
« Reply #1 on: 07 May 10, 16:43 »
It really depends. Im afraid of cold so i wear my wet suit for all my dives but there are alot of people who dive in their rashies. From experience, the water there is not THAT cold.

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Re: Need Wetsuit in Sipadan?
« Reply #2 on: 08 May 10, 09:34 »
at sipadan just use rush guard can alrdy coz the temp there is around 27 to 28 deg.

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Re: Need Wetsuit in Sipadan?
« Reply #3 on: 10 May 10, 12:47 »
I had asked the same question as well and in fact I bought a 3mm, 2 days before my sipadan trip. However, after the 1st dive with wetsuit, I realised how uncomfortable it was because the water is so warm. I took out my wetusit and dive with rashies. But then again some of the guys on the boat has no problem diving with their wetsuit. I think if you are one of those that dive with rashies in Tioman and Dayang just like me, then you dont need wetsuit in Sipadan. And yes there's thermocline there but it is actually nice, just like having a cold bath after sauna..but then again never hurt to have a wetsuit handy.
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Re: Need Wetsuit in Sipadan?
« Reply #4 on: 11 May 10, 01:19 »
thanks, in that case no wetsuit for me

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Re: Need Wetsuit in Sipadan?
« Reply #5 on: 11 May 10, 09:04 »
Wetsuits are used not only for thermal protection but also to protect the body against coral cuts and stings from jellyfish/hydroids etc.

Learnt the lesson the hard way in 2001 when i was diving in dayang wearing a shortie. There was a jellyfish bloom and there was no way to avoid contact with the small little jellies as there were literally thousands all around. I got stung badly on my legs and arms which turned into itchy rashes later on. Earlier this year in march there was another bloom in dayang. this time i was wearing a fullsuit and hood but i still got stung on the exposed areas of my hands, face and neck.

Other instances where divers wearing rashguard and boardshorts get cuts/stings/bruises through no fault of their own other than another diver/buddy bumps into them and cause them to 'crash' into hydriods/corals and get stung/cut.

IMHO wetsuits are a good idea for any type of tropical diving. be it a 0.5mm fullsuit or a 5mm semi-dry.  :)
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Re: Need Wetsuit in Sipadan?
« Reply #6 on: 16 May 10, 14:12 »
A rash guard will most likely do the job just fine, especially so if you dive for a few days only. Some divers feel easily cold however in which case a 3mm wetsuit is a good option.
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