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Re: Is Wetsuit necessary?
« Reply #10 on: 18 Mar 16, 20:56 »
I highly doubt wearing wetsuit will help in protecting you from stinging creatures in the sea. If you are to get stung, you will get stung. One of the instructors likes to wrap himself up, wearing 2 wetsuits, hood and gloves even at Tioman.
He was still stung. at the one part that was left uncovered; between the nose and the mouth at Tioman.

Thou I have only dived 4 weekends at Tioman, I wear only a thermal vest and shorts, at most a long sleeved rash guard, no bites/stings. *shrugs*

The difference between wetsuit, hood, gloves and a vest and shorts in a sea of jellyfish is something i would not like to try again. Difference will be getting stung in the face and lips vs stung over arms and legs and face and lips.

John is right in that it is personal preference. After 18 years of diving and various bad experiences, this is my preference. Better safe than sorry. And sometimes, you can have kick ass buoyancy control. But in the face of raging currents in the dampier straits in raja ampat or similar conditions, good luck with that and crashing into corals unprotected.
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Re: Is Wetsuit necessary?
« Reply #11 on: 19 Mar 16, 12:00 »
I highly doubt wearing wetsuit will help in protecting you from stinging creatures in the sea. If you are to get stung, you will get stung. One of the instructors likes to wrap himself up, wearing 2 wetsuits, hood and gloves even at Tioman.
He was still stung. at the one part that was left uncovered; between the nose and the mouth at Tioman.

Thou I have only dived 4 weekends at Tioman, I wear only a thermal vest and shorts, at most a long sleeved rash guard, no bites/stings. *shrugs*
If you are talking about sting by those with pokes like sea urchin, then even 5mm wetsuit also can't help. But if you are talking about jelly fish or hydroids then it certainly helps a lot, with long pants and long sleeve shirts, you only need to protect you face and neck instead of whole body. I guess you have not dive into a pool of jelly fish before. There was once a DM who was wearing shorts and got jelly fist went into his shorts, and that was interesting.  The worse thing is that when there is a pool of jelly fish, they usually stay around the depth of few meters, that is the depth where we do safety stop.  Rash guard is enough to protect against jelly fish.

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Re: Is Wetsuit necessary?
« Reply #12 on: 21 Mar 16, 05:07 »
Trust me> A wetsuit prevents a lot of stings. Maybe not all of them, but a lot of the lesser ones. The only reason i went from shorty to 1 mm long-suit. And I have dived more than 4 weekends... so the 1mm got even thinner over the years and wont help me much about feeling less cold. Still manage to get a sting at the throat or even in the 5mm gap between regulator and mask...

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Re: Is Wetsuit necessary?
« Reply #13 on: 21 Mar 16, 07:52 »
I highly doubt wearing wetsuit will help in protecting you from stinging creatures in the sea. If you are to get stung, you will get stung. One of the instructors likes to wrap himself up, wearing 2 wetsuits, hood and gloves even at Tioman.
He was still stung. at the one part that was left uncovered; between the nose and the mouth at Tioman.

Thou I have only dived 4 weekends at Tioman, I wear only a thermal vest and shorts, at most a long sleeved rash guard, no bites/stings. *shrugs*

Wearing wet suits (full suit) protects you from those stinging appendages that you can't see all the time. I guess you have not tried diving at Tioman during Oct-Nov period. Try diving there during that period and enjoy the big jellies. Best if you can witness a feeding frenzy of them where trumpet fish snap the jellies' appendages off. Then you will appreciate the full suit. :P

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Re: Is Wetsuit necessary?
« Reply #14 on: 21 Mar 16, 10:08 »
Wearing wet suits (full suit) protects you from those stinging appendages that you can't see all the time. I guess you have not tried diving at Tioman during Oct-Nov period. Try diving there during that period and enjoy the big jellies. Best if you can witness a feeding frenzy of them where trumpet fish snap the jellies' appendages off. Then you will appreciate the full suit. :P

wah, best is if you are down-current of the feeding frenzy.. song song until Jurong ah! hahahaha

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Re: Is Wetsuit necessary?
« Reply #15 on: 21 Mar 16, 12:37 »
wah, best is if you are down-current of the feeding frenzy.. song song until Jurong ah! hahahaha

The song song until jurong is when you jump in for dive and all is fine till you're coming up for safety stop and all you see above you are jellies. That one high ah. And that was the last time i wore a shortie lol.
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Re: Is Wetsuit necessary?
« Reply #16 on: 22 Mar 16, 01:35 »
Oh man you guys are seriously scaring me lol. But I'll heed the advise and wear a thermal rash guard instead but I'll maintain wearing a full bottom rash guard tho cos I just got a really pretty thick galaxy printed ones hehe

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Re: Is Wetsuit necessary?
« Reply #17 on: 22 Mar 16, 01:37 »
But I'll rent one from the dive shop if it's really necessary. After all you don't wanna cuts and stings to ruin a great dive experience. Thanks all for the tips!

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Re: Is Wetsuit necessary?
« Reply #18 on: 22 Mar 16, 08:01 »
wah, best is if you are down-current of the feeding frenzy.. song song until Jurong ah! hahahaha

Haha!! My and my friend were too keen to get the video up close and personal. So both our faces were "well seasoned". :P

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Re: Is Wetsuit necessary?
« Reply #19 on: 22 Mar 16, 12:18 »
If you are talking about sting by those with pokes like sea urchin, then even 5mm wetsuit also can't help. But if you are talking about jelly fish or hydroids then it certainly helps a lot, with long pants and long sleeve shirts, you only need to protect you face and neck instead of whole body. I guess you have not dive into a pool of jelly fish before. There was once a DM who was wearing shorts and got jelly fist went into his shorts, and that was interesting.  The worse thing is that when there is a pool of jelly fish, they usually stay around the depth of few meters, that is the depth where we do safety stop.  Rash guard is enough to protect against jelly fish.

The instructor was stung by jelly fish on the only spot he did not protect, which is between the nose and the lips.
And no, I have not dived into a pool of jelly be4 (thank god!)

Wearing wet suits (full suit) protects you from those stinging appendages that you can't see all the time. I guess you have not tried diving at Tioman during Oct-Nov period. Try diving there during that period and enjoy the big jellies. Best if you can witness a feeding frenzy of them where trumpet fish snap the jellies' appendages off. Then you will appreciate the full suit. :P

If i remember correctly, i dived @ tioman during those periods. (think it was when i took my OW)