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Divers wear gloves, hoods, and booties for warmth or for protection against cuts, scrapes, and stings.

  • Gloves: Hands do not have much insulation, and they are susceptible to heat loss. Do not treat gloves as a license to touch anything you want.
  • Hoods: You can lose up to 75% of your body heat through your head. Select a hood that is not too tight. If the hood is too tight, it can compress the arteries in your neck (the carotids).
  • Booties: These are necessary when wearing open-heel fins. They are useful during shore-entry dives to protect against cuts and scrapes, hot sandy entries, or hot boat decks.
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