DIVE REPORT: STAYING COOL IN THE COLD
The winds were blowing, but we spent the week in one piece. Then, over the weekend, the north wind came in and brought with it arctic temperatures. If you somehow missed it, it was iguanas falling from the trees, bring your pandemic plants back inside from the cold.
Despite these conditions and temperatures, we were able to make a few dive trips. Of course, divers who could alter their route to avoid the cold did. However, some of our adventurous students needed to get their certifications and had no other days scheduled, so they ‘bundled up’ and took a giant leap out of the boat. And, if they’re up for it, so are we.
When it’s this cold, it’s really important to wear the proper exposure suit. It not only keeps you warm but also safe. Proper exposure suit can mean the difference between a “fresh” and cold dive or serious health issues if body temperature gets too low.
Even though it’s Florida, those low temperatures have caused people to pack their thicker 7mm wetsuits, double up and even consider going with their drysuits.
In the end, everyone was well equipped and enjoyed their swims in the ocean. When we surfaced, the air was colder than the water. If that doesn’t make you want to stay below the surface, nothing will.
Next week’s dive report
This week we should see our air and water temperatures return to normal for the Florida winter. It means: sunny and mild. It’s perfect February weather in the Keys and a great time to get out on the water.
Something to remember when diving in the winter is to bring good boat gear for your surface interval. A good hat or warm coat can really help keep your blood flowing and your body warm.
Another tip for winter diving is to pour very hot water into a Yeti, Nalgele or other water bottle that retains heat. Then, when you are done with your dive, you take a hot shower in a bottle!
Another week, another successful coral planting trip! Since this last trip, I.CARE has a total of 2,910 corals planted by 630 recreational divers. This was accomplished in just over a year, which is crazy. It’s truly been a labor of love and a community project from the start. Do you want to be a 631 diver? Call us or call Key Dives to join the next coral planting trip. Even in the cold, it’s worth it.
There are a ton of conservation certifications for beginners and seasoned divers. These include lionfish eradication, spearfisherman, shark conscious diver, and underwater photography, to name a few.
Come support I.CARE at the Sandbar Rooftop Bar (MM 83.4 Oceanside) on February 16 from 5-9pm! It’s a Full Moon Party, part of the profits of which is donated to I.CARE.