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Experiencing the underwater world is truly a unique experience, with colorful fish and marine life, not to mention the beautiful formations of the coral reefs that can keep busy in admiration for hours on end. The deep sea diving experience is somewhat different though and really is considered a specialty branch of scuba diving. The dive skin, equipment and training are also differently structured to equip you with the conditions associated with this type of diving.

If one just considers the qualifications of deep sea diving, never mind the issues of a suitable dive skin, you would at least be looking at training beyond that of an advanced scuba diver that has completed and passed all the training associated with the so called open water divers courses. Even the gas mixture, that the divers use provide the breathing possibilities underwater are differently mixed, if one compares deep sea diving to that of recreational or standard scuba diving. The standard or recreational diving uses a nitrox and air mixture, whereas the deep sea divers utilise the trimix combination.

In considering the dive skin in isolation, the first factor that comes to mind is that of water temperature. Logically the deeper you go the colder the water and therefore the requirements for the dive skin differ primarily from a thickness of the neoprene point. The neoprene, which is the predominant material in the dive skin is the material that ensures the diver retains their body heat by creating an insulated layer around the body. This layer is essentially water that comes into the neoprene and subsequently heated by the body temperature of the wearer and therefore the insulating layer is formed within the dive suit. The thicker the material the more suited the dive skin will be for the deep sea diving experience. If one is really going to extreme depths then not even the thicker dive skin is suitable, but rather a dry suit is required to keep the wearer warm, as well as availing the possibility of wearing thermal clothing in the dry suit itself.

Deep sea diving and the training also equips the diver for any potential danger, such as disorientation and any possible mishaps in these extreme conditions. Therefore the training and specialized equipment is a must to cater for these conditions, as well as the discipline of the divers to avert any potential unnecessary or negligent errors.

Ensure that you are prepared for your deep sea dive with sufficient training and confidence. You should also check and double check the suitability of your dive skin, your equipment and your mental fortitude for the conditions that you will be diving in.