As we look to come out of lockdown and we all start to get back into open water, its a little colder out there now than it was... so please be prepared for cold water and the potential for free-flowing regulators.
What is Cold Water?
EU norm considers cold water diving to be when the temperature of the water is equal to or drops below 6 degrees C, so whilst our inland water sites stay reasonably warm for most of the year, the water temperature can drop sharply during the winter months. Even during the summer months, deeper parts of the lake can still be relatively cold.
Regulators perform differently in cold water diving compared to temperate water - the aim is to do everything that you can to prevent the regulator freezing which, in turn, causes the dreaded free flow effect.
By following simple guidelines, the risk of free flows can be minimised substantially.
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