If you’ve ever wondered why divers wear dive boots, this will explain why, what thickness and for what purposes.
Some divers prefer wearing neoprene boots, or as they are affectionately referred to, “booties.” Dive boots can also be necessary to protect your feet from the chafing of fins, or injury from sharp objects such as jagged reefs or shipwrecks. There are several types available. Learn here how to choose a pair of diving boots based upon their thickness, sole, cut and size.
Dive boots are made from the same material as wetsuit neoprene. Expect them to affect your feet in the same manner your wetsuit affects the rest of your body. Dive boots will keep your feet warm. If you are diving in warmer waters, you can wear boots that are thinner (the thinnest is usually 2mm). If you are diving in extremely cold waters, consider buying a pair of boots that are much thicker, all the way up to 7mm and above. A general rule of thumb is that your booties should be consistent with the thickness of your wetsuit
Your dive boots sole and cut should be based upon the type of diving you will be doing. Obviously, if you are planning on spending a lot of time on the ocean floor, invest in boots with a thick sole. There are plenty of sharp objects on ocean floors and reefs, as well as walls, structures and shipwrecks. These could puncture a thin sole causing major injuries.
A man with a prescription snorkel mask ponders whether to take up scuba diving and buying a prescription dive mask.
You have probably seen lots of photos and videos showing divers exploring all the great reefs, fish, caves, wrecks and virtually limitless underwater wonders and sights the oceans have to offer. You’ve dreamed about doing it yourself; perhaps even giving spear fishing a try. The you’ve seen all the equipment scuba divers have to invest in including, if you wear prescription glasses, a prescription dive mask.
Then you learn what goes into getting a diver’s Certification Card, and how much that costs. Perhaps this is where the scuba diving dream ended. It doesn’t have to end there. Snorkeling is the easy way to see the underwater world, without the expense and training needed to scuba dive.
Let’s look at the basic differences between scuba diving so you can make the best informed decision about which to choose. There are differences in physical fitness ability, training and equipment, as well as psychological implications you should consider when making a choice. Basically, you ought to be in better shape to scuba dive. But snorkeling is a great way to see all the great things there are under the surface, without investing in a lot of equipment or diving instruction.
A guy and his girlfriend buy dive masks, go diving and he ends up wondering why he’s with her.
My girlfriend was a lot more interested in diving than I; wimpy as it sounds, I was happy just to snorkel. We looked for an online scuba store, and found one that carried everything for diving and snorkeling. We looked into all the equipment, and found gear that will work for diving and snorkeling. My girlfriend was starting to look at me funny – like I wasn’t a real guy just ‘cause I wanted to snorkel not scuba. I started to look at her like Mike Nelson in Sea Hunt.
When we got to Maui, my girlfriend begged me to try diving. The guide gave us a tank, strapped to a BC ‘” Buoyancy Control Device ‘” and told us to walk in and breathe through what is known as a regulator. He said something about ‘beholding your nose and blowing, which I now know is to equalize your ears, but basically we were on our own. Literally, it was sink or swim, and in this case we were supposed to sink.
We went down for about 15 minutes, scared to death ‘” ok, I was scared to death. I was practically hyperventilating air out of that tank like there was no tomorrow. Meanwhile, my girlfriend was having a great time. It reminded me of the time we went sailing. I spent the whole time leaning over the boat rail throwing my guts up, wishing I was dead, she was down in the cabin, eating fried chicken, drinking beer and texting her friends. In fact, she forgot about me and was lost to the ocean and its wonders. In fact, I personally wondered why anyone would want to do this ‘sport.” I wondered what I was doing with her.
Eventually I took up diving but dumped her.