What type of wetsuit should I wear when diving in Cape Town?

Dress for your conditions!

During our “winter” diving months (May/June to September ), the water temperature tends to range between 12C and 14C and during our summer months (October to April), temperatures usually range between 14C and 20C.  There can be the odd spike when colder water comes into False Bay during summer and temperatures of 9C can sometimes surprise us, but it doesn’t happen often.

To suit all seasons, we’ve found that the best wetsuit to wear is a 5mm full piece wetsuit, either with a chicken vest underneath or tunic that goes over the full piece. However, if you’re like me and feel the cold, a 7mm full piece with a 5mm tunic over works well.  We also recommend a hood, booties and gloves at all times.

All of these layers and extra pieces of neoprene might feel somewhat restrictive to divers used to warmer waters, but as soon as you’re in the water, you’ll feel a lot more comfortable and will stay nice and toasty throughout your dives.

If you’re coming from out of town and don’t have the full gear, we have all of this available for hire and if you’re local and wanting to invest in your own wetsuit (the best option), we have wetsuits in stock and can also arrange made-to-fit wetsuits that will fit you like a glove 😀  Please contact us today on info@indigoscuba.com for more details.

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