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Can You Scuba Dive When It's Raining?


Can You Scuba Dive When It's Raining?

We get asked this question a lot. Your average non-diver might believe that you can't scuba dive if it's raining. Mainly because the word implies that the water is "raining" down on you and that could be dangerous. Well, that's wrong and we're here to set the record straight.

The truth is that it doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside, you can still go scuba diving, you are going to get wet any way. As long as the weather is within one of the PADI guidelines (from sunny and calm to windy and rainy) then you can still get wet and dive. However, the majority of avid divers prefer good weather to bad! That said, there are some things you should consider when diving in the rain.

  1.  Visibility.
    In the Sydney area, it would take approximately 2 days with constant rain for it to affect visibility. The truth is that if there isn't enough rain to cause runoff and instead just a small drizzle, then there's no need to worry about improper visibility in the sea.

  2. Getting Your Clothing Wet
    The most frustrating aspect of diving in the rain is not getting drenched but acquiring your clothing drenched. So when it is raining, it is crucial to plan for how your cloths may stay dry when switching into and out of your wetsuit.

  3. Diving Can Be the Best Thing To Do
    In the rain, you can't do a lot of things. For example, you can't mow the lawn, and sunbathing at the beach is not so pleasant. Therefore, going scuba diving is a good option.

Sydney is such a lucky city to have so many diving sites. No matter what the weather conditions, there is always a place to go diving. In the twenty-plus years that Abyss has been in operation, we have only needed to cancel on four occasions due to bad weather.

So remember that a little bit of rain does not prevent you from diving. In fact, a lot of times during such weather, there is more fish life to be seen.