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With a little practice, dry suits can provide unparalleled warmth and comfort during a dive, as well as leaving you nice and dry between and after dives.

The purpose of a drysuit is to ensure the wearer is kept dry and to provide thermal insulation or passive thermal protection to the wearer while immersed in water. Although these suits are predominantly worn by divers, other users such as boaters, water sports enthusiasts, and others who work or play in or near cold water also benefit from these suits. A dry suit normally protects the whole body except the head, hands, and possibly the feet, this is were the need for hoods, gloves and boots are greatly increased. In some configurations, however, all of these are covered as well.

The main part of the drysuit is a waterproof shell made from a membrane type material, neoprene or a commercial foam rubber.

Types of Dry Suits

Scuba drysuits are made from a few different materials.

  • Neoprene
  • Tri-Laminate
  • Vulcanized Rubber
  • And more...

Each type of suit comes with its own unique set of pluses and minuses.

Drysuit Features

A dry suits features are what turns it from a big person shaped water bag, into something that can keep you warm and dry in even the coldest water.

Multiple valves, zippers and seals all come together to form what looks to be a deceptively simple suit, but is actually a sophisticated piece of environmental survival equipment.

Fitting Drysuits

Because they are worn baggier than a wetsuit and an exact fit isn't necessary, fitting a dry suit is very easy.

But be aware: different brands can vary in their sizing.

The best thing to do is try on the suit while wearing whatever thermal under garment you plan to wear while diving.

Try squatting down to see if you can do so comfortably. Reach your hands over your head, hug yourself, bend twist and generally move around. If you feel like you have a good range of motion in all angles and directions without the suit being too baggy or tight, then the suit fits.

Make sure the boots fit, as this will be your biggest source of discomfort if not sized properly.

If you can't find something off the rack, then you'll have to get measurements done and order a custom suit.

Putting it All Together

There is no way around it, buying a drysuit is probably the most expensive piece of equipment the 'average' diver will buy. That's IF you can call anyone who is looking for a way to dive in freezing cold water and/or weather 'average'.

If you take a look at each of the above sections you'll have a good head start on picking out a great suit.

If you're lucky and have some dive buddies that own drysuits and are willing to let you try theirs, or a knowledgeable local dive shop like The SCUBA Doctor, them you'll be a lot further ahead.

Take the time to do your homework and you'll find the right suit that hopefully won't empty your bank account.



Seaford Pier

Pier Dive Pier Dive | Shore access Shore access

Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Spearfishing Site

Seaford Pier
Seaford Pier

Depth: 1 m (3.28 ft) to 5 m (16 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Seaford Pier is a short, 150-metre long pier facing west into the waters of Port Phillip. It's located on the foreshore on the western side of the Nepean Highway opposite Station Street, Seaford on the Mornington Peninsula. Seaford Pier is just 250 metres west of the Seaford railway station.

Underneath the pier you will find shallow waters and plenty of weed beds where garfish are often seen.

It is dangerous to jump off the pier into the water as you can easily land on shallow bar crests.

Location: Seaford, 3198
MELWAY Ref: Page 99 D3

Ideal Conditions:
Easterly winds and high tide. Best dived at high tide. See WillyWeather (Seaford Pier) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Parking:
There is a car park opposite Station Street.

Safety First: There can be a bit of boat traffic around particularly in summer so be sure to take a dive flag. A small knife or line cutter to cut fishing line is always a good idea too as there are usually fishermen around.

See also, Parks Victoria: Seaford Pier.

Spearfishing is illegal within 30 metres of any pier or jetty and in Marine National Parks. See Spearfishing Laws.

Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country
Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Boon Wurrung / Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes parts of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-west, down to Wilson's Promontory in the south-east, including the Mornington Peninsula, French Island and Phillip Island, plus Western Port. We wish to acknowledge the Boon Wurrung as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Bunjil the Creator Spirit of this beautiful land, who travels as an eagle, and Waarn, who protects the waterways and travels as a crow, and thank them for continuing to watch over this Country today and beyond.

 

Seaford Pier Location Map

Latitude: 38° 6.212′ S   (38.103532° S / 38° 6′ 12.72″ S)
Longitude: 145° 7.474′ E   (145.124561° E / 145° 7′ 28.42″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2021-03-21 11:59:46 GMT, Last updated: 2022-03-22 15:11:49 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Tedesco Reef Seaford, 3,084 m, bearing 305°, NW
Seaford, Bayside, Port Phillip.
Depth: 1 to 5 m.



DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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