Re: NANFA-- wet suits for cold weather collecting

Dave Neely (
Thu, 05 Oct 2000 09:08:26 CDT


wetsuits are pretty cheap, try searching online for Northwest River Supplies
or Performance Diver. Both companies offer inexpensive suits that aren't
nearly as expensive as your local dive shop (although remember that they are
driving the local shops out of business...)

Invest in a cheap set of rollerblading kneepads- for river snorkelling,
they'll extend the life of your suit (and knees) a LOT! Another (even
cheaper) option is to cut 8-10" segments of small car inner tube and wear
over your wetsuit around your knees. A hood or hooded vest makes a huge
difference in your exposure limits in cool or cold water.

Avoid dive booties for river snorkelling- the soles are invariably the
slickest material possible on algae-covered rocks, and the insoles don't
provide sufficient protection from broken glass, pieces of rebar, etc. Try
inexpensive felt-soled wading boots that fishermen use. I've got a pair of
neoprene socks with built-in gravel guards that are really spiffy and keep
rocks out of your boots. Ahhhh....

If you really get into it, you might consider a dry suit- there's no
comparison for snorkelling in fall, winter, or spring, or in upland areas
almost anytime.


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