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Old 03-06-2002, 01:59 AM   #1
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Discovery Cove, Vests and wet suits question

We are going to DC April 1st, and I would like to know opinions about vests verses wet suits. which did you use and why? Also we will have an almost 1 year old with us, but she is on the small side, do they have tiny life vests? what about for a four year old? What do older kids generally prefer to wear, vests or wet suits?
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Old 03-06-2002, 07:09 AM   #2
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We went to DC 3/1/01 with boys ages 2 and 4. We all wore the vests. The only people wearing wetsuits seemed to be the trainers who stay in the water a lot. My kids would have freaked out if I tried to get wetsuits on them. The water is heated in the park except for the dolphin swim area. You're not really in the water for that long with the dolphin swim. Just keep moving. As I recall, everyone in the water is required to wear either the reflective vest or suit and they had all different sizes for adults and children and the employees help you find a fit.
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Old 03-07-2002, 08:24 AM   #3
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I went in March last year and my boyfriend and I used Wet suits! That water can be chilly!

They have full length and 'shorty' wet suits - we used 'shorty'. The dolphin and corel reef waters are not heated (the fishys don't like that) - so wearing a wet suit really helped - once you warm up you stay that way.

The best part - you can always change your mind! Vest too cold - get a wet suit. Wet suit too warm - get a vest!

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Old 03-20-2002, 09:00 AM   #4
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I just called Discovery Cove, and was told that they only have swim vest for 30lbs. and up. They suggested I call a pool supply place, but I think my best bet would be a marine or boat (or whatever they are called) place. Would anyone know of a place in Orlando to buy a swim vest for an under 20lb one year old. It must be coast guard approved.
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Old 03-20-2002, 09:45 AM   #5
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You can goto Bass Pro Shops. It is on International Drive and near Kirkman. Here is the address and phone number for them:
5156 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
407-563-5200

Here is a link to a map: http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?BFC...%A0Map=Get+Map

It is about 10-15 minutes away from Universal and Seaworld.

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Old 03-21-2002, 08:51 AM   #6
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Thank you!!!!!!!
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Old 06-30-2002, 08:47 AM   #7
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crazyme5kids go to Target or Walmart. They have all you are looking for all CG approved. Have a great time
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Old 06-03-2003, 09:02 PM   #8
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I don't know much about snorkeling or wets suits, or things of that matter. I read somewhere here that the wetsuits help keep you afloat. Is this true? Do the vests keep to too afloat, inhibiting submergion and the such?

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Old 06-05-2003, 01:18 PM   #9
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The wet suits will help keep you bouyant (did I spell it right?), the vests more so. If you want to be able to go underwater easily go with the wet suit.
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Old 06-05-2003, 09:14 PM   #10
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Thanks. I'm an alright swimmer, but I've always had a problem staying afloat. Knowing that the wet suits will help me not drown and die is comforting.

Thanks again. I'll be there tomorrow.

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Old 06-18-2003, 10:49 PM   #11
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Buoyancy

I actually ditched the vest to try and dive down towards the bottom - it was virtually impossible. The water is so salty, you'd really have to try to drown.
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Like others have said, it's really hard to dive underwater with the vests on. I was able to do it, but I'm a pretty strong swimmer. My DW and DS actually switched from vests to wet siuts becase of this. The wetsuits do help you stay afloat, just not as much as the vests.

Things to keep in mind:

1. The wetsuits will keep you warm as well as help you float. This is nice in the dolphin pool, but maybe not so nice the rest of the day -- especially if you're there in July.

2. The vests rub against your chest. This is vital information for men who'll be wearing a vest all day long without a shirt on underneath -- let's just say I was finally able to sympathize with my wife's breast-feeding complaints. They hurt for 2 days afterward.

3. I'm not sure if this is still the case (we were there in 2001), but my DW and DS were both able to switch from vests to wetsuits during the day.

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Like others have said, it's really hard to dive underwater with the vests on. I was able to do it, but I'm a pretty strong swimmer. My DW and DS actually switched from vests to wet siuts becase of this. The wetsuits do help you stay afloat, just not as much as the vests.

Things to keep in mind:

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2. The vests rub against your chest. This is vital information for men who'll be wearing a vest all day long without a shirt on underneath -- let's just say I was finally able to sympathize with my wife's breast-feeding complaints. They hurt for 2 days afterward.

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So Nipguards might help? My husband is a runner and uses these all the time to help keep them from getting tender.
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You can goto Bass Pro Shops. It is on International Drive and near Kirkman. Here is the address and phone number for them:
5156 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
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Here is a link to a map: http://maps.yahoo.com/py/maps.py?BFC...%A0Map=Get+Map

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Is or not is...

is it madatory to wear a wetsuite or vest, if you are already a good swimmer and don't mind the potential colder water ?
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