D-d-d-diving the Adriatic. (Brrrrrrrrr!)
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August 18th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
When the dive master handed me a thick (5 mil) full-length wetsuit, it didnâ€™t cause me too much concern. I asked, â€śIs it cold here?â€ť and he shrugged as if to say, Naaah, not so much (I later came to realize he doesnâ€™t speak English at all and uses that same response for everything English).
Later, on the boat, I noticed all the other divers donning hoods and boots along with their full length, lined wetsuits, which something one very rarely sees (that is, when one is strictly a warm water diver like I am!). When we dive the Caribbean I usually wear a cap, and am almost always the only one in a long suit, because I get cold even in that warm water. But still, I didnâ€™t worry despite all these clues of upcoming coldness. It was hot out, and the water looked truly inviting!
Then when I jumped in and experienced the immediate shock of cold, it started to sink in, literally.
I made the signal for â€śI am freezing my ass offâ€ť to Steve and he replied in kind. OK, if HEâ€™S cold it must be sub zero! I considered ascending. I knew Steve would be fine cutting the dive short. But what if they brought EVERYONE up because of me? I didnâ€™t want to spoil things for the whole group, but how could I possibly last an hour in this cold? All of these thoughts ran through my head, causing me great stress.
I just pressed on, and very soon, thankfully, we hit a â€śwarm patch.â€ť (We kept swimming thru the super-chilled water, followed by these warmer patchesâ€¦ which werenâ€™t really warm, except in comparison to the cold areas. I really have never experienced anything like it.) I stopped chattering and felt better, and continued on. I made it thru that dive, one minute at a time.
The dive was definitely lacking in marine life (it was probably too COLD for fish :^), but there were beautiful, massive rock formations and some narrow canyon swim-thrus. The plant life was mainly sea grass and some growths -- maybe a type of coral -- that looked like clusters of Pringles.
Back on dry land, Steveâ€™s dive computer, which has a thermometer, said the underwater temp had been 63F (17C). You might think, Oh, thatâ€™s a nice Autumn day, not bad! But, underwater temps are a whole different ballgameâ€¦ 63 is too cold for humans to be comfortable underwater! I usually avoid the water when it gets below 78F (25.5C). Brrr.
I was still cold on the boat, and later during lunch. Back at our apartment, I focused on the hard task of lying by the pool (to warm up of course!). It worked well, plus I finished my book too. Things always work out.
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