Heat Retention

heat retentionContinuing heat loss associated with wetsuit diving mounts with each consecutive dive. After the first dive:
  • Some skin/surface cooling.
  • Skin reheats during rest period but leaves some subsurface cooling.
After the second dive:
  • Additional diving re-cools the skin and increases level of subsurface cooling.
  • Skin reheats during rest period, but subsurface cooling increases, affects comfort, and diving requires more effort.
On subsequent dives:
  • Additional dives re-cool skin and add substantially to subsurface/body heat content drop.
  • Reheating of the skin takes an extended amount of time. Body heat content drop causes increased fatigue and enjoyment ceases.