Feb

3

Give the gift of adventure with a Gulf Coast Divers Cash Card!

Load it with any amount and give it as a Gift Card or use it yourself as your scuba shopping card.  Our Adventure Gift cards were a popular stocking stuffer at Christmas, but y’all came up with another use that we didn’t anticipate.  Divers are buying Adventure Cards and reloading them each payday as a way to save towards a new piece of equipment.  “If I keep the cash, I’ll spend it and regret it.  If I put my extra dollars on my gift card, then it is like I am saving towards my scuba system,”  explained Mike.  Great idea, dude.

The Adventure cards can be used to purchase new gear, training, a dive trip, anything…it is like cash. We know how hard it is to buy for a diver, why not make it easy and let them choose what they want? Or encourage friends and family to come and contribute to your Adventure Card rather than buy you a pair of socks that you are going to return to Target anyway.

Christmas, birthdays, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Arbor Day, Just Because Day…any event is a good time to ask for dive gear.

Dec

14

Materials: The quality of a wetsuit begins with the base material.  High-quality neoprene will resist fading and deterioration from salt, chlorine, UV exposure and compression at depth. Cheap neoprene will compress at depth and permanently lose the suit’s insulation and durability. Fit is the most critical aspect. Instead of opting for a thicker suit, most divers on the gulf coast stay warm by layering thinner neoprene. Layering insulates better and gives you more flexibility, because the pieces slide along each other instead of having to stretch. Having several thinner wetsuit pieces allows for versatility for changing water temps.  On the gulf coast, our water temperature can change almost 30 degrees throughout the year. Having the proper thermal protection for the season means, versatility.

Undergarment: To stay warm, a suit traps water against the skin which your body heats up, acting as a thermal barrier. Using a dive skin as your base layer and layering several wetsuit pieces over this will increase warmth.  This layering technique will increase the efficiency of your suit by more effectively trapping water in the suit.  It also makes your suit more versatile by allowing you to adjust for seasonal changes in water temperature and match your thermal protection to conditions of each dive.  Using a base layer, like LavaCore, will boost the insulating capability because it adds the equivalent of 2mm thermal protection without added bulk or buoyancy.

Skins: A smooth-surfaced “skin” in cuffs, necks and flaps behind zippers help reduce water movement in/ out of your wetsuit.  These water barriers reduce the cooler water flushing in as you swim and keeps warm water trapped inside the suit.  A dive skin worn as a base layer will reduce water movement and take up space inside your wetsuit.  This reduces the amount of water in the suit, which means less water you have to heat up, resulting in less heat loss.

Texture: The #1 killer of wetsuits is tears, from knee abrasion while kneeling on the bottom or tears from struggling to pull on a suit that isn’t stretchy enough to slide on.  The simple solution to address abrasions from the environment is to practice good buoyancy control.  Stress from tears can be avoided with a super stretchy material that is easy to put on and smooth nylon coatings that allow the suit to “glide” on.  Dive skins also allow the suit to slide on more easily, and make the suit more comfortable.

Come talk to our suit professionals about designing a thermal system that is right for you.  Whether you are hot or cold natured we have a wetsuit combo for you. Not sure, jump in our 15’ deep in-store pool and try it out. Gulf Coast Divers (251) 342-2970.

Jun

6

Well divers the long awaited and highly anticipated Lavacore suits are finally here.  This highly engineered thermal system was introduced at the trade show last year and it is awesome.

Lavacore uses technically advanced fabrics that have been designed exclusively for watersports which require the ultimate in thermal control, comfort and environmental protection.  The unique construction closely matches the feel and comfort of the older Polartech, but has the thermal protection of 2mm of neoprene.  However Lavacore remains neutrally bouyant so you don’t need to add any weight to compensate.

*Wind proof, insulative thermal INNER layer provides anti-wind chill properties

*Waterproof, breathable INTER membrane

*Ultraflex Durable, water resistant OUTER layer facilitates fast water run off and quick drying

The unique combination of these layers is what makes this fabric float between definitions…with wetsuit properties, lycra skin properties, and advanced wicking and wind/ waterproof features it is part everything.  Part neoprene, part lycra, part thermal…Call it what you like but this system has to be worn to be believed.

Come get in our pool and design the combination of pieces (shirt, hooded vest, full suit, socks) to find the unique combination that will give you the thermal protection you desire, with maximum comfort, movement and range of motion to fit your diving style. Oh, and by the way, there is no need to bring more than a few weights because you will be warmer than traditional neoprene with the fewest weights you’ve ever worn underwater.

Those divers who dive regularly with me know I am cold-natured and tend to wear more than what everyone else is wearing.  The temp. around 100′ is still 70F which is 2 piece, 5mm water for me.  The past 2 weeks I’ve been diving the Lavacore skin with 3mm jumpsuit and been toasty; and diving with 4lbs!  Call the equipment consultants at Gulf Coast Divers (251) 342-2970 to be the first of your buddies to have the new Lavacore system.