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Old 06-14-2005, 07:20 PM   #16
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The water was pretty cold for the dolphin swim. My husband and son changed to a vest from the wetsuit after it got a bit warmer outside - it was cloudy and rainy. The water was much colder than Typhoon Lagoon, but as cold as the Shark Reef there. It could be a bit uncomfortable without the wetsuit or vest.
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Old 07-31-2005, 05:46 PM   #17
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My kids were able to change from vest to shorty wet suit with no problem. The staff were lovely - very helpful, even giving my son 2 different sized suits to try on. It was 20th July and very hot so I made the kids wear their UV suits as I knew they'd be in the water all day BUT - they got so cold wearing these in and then out of the reef (they were 3/4 leg and sleeves) that they changed to the suits.
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Old 09-19-2005, 02:05 AM   #18
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I will warn you the Cpral Reef and Dolphon Pool is Freezing. I was shocked how cold it was. You do get used to it but its a bit of a shock. Make sure you take water shoes as I didn't and hurt my feet on rocks in Coral reef and dolphin area. Have to agree vests really do rub against your chest etc.
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Old 02-14-2006, 06:17 AM   #19
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Since I'm from the UK and therefore am used to swimming in the cold, cold British ocean waters, and I don't want to wear a vest or wetsuit, and I am a competent swimmer (I used to race), can I just wear my own swimsuit or it a wetsuit/vest compulsary?
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Old 03-25-2006, 03:09 PM   #20
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Wet suits, vest and sunscreen

Wet suits don't really help you swim so I don't think being a competent swimmer is relevant when asking whether or not you have to wear a suit. I think they want you wear the vests so you can't get to the bottom. Kind of like how they don't give you fins at Typhoon Lagoon. They don't want you going to the bottom to bother the fish who are purposely hiding from you. If their wet suits are especially buoyant, then I would imagine their intention is to keep you at the top and therefore would not likely let you go without. I couldn't find anything in my reservation to confirm that though.

If you are really curious you should try e-mailing them. They are pretty quick to reply to questions. Okay, they answered my question about photographs quickly but not sunscreen. I wanted to buy my own supply of their sunscreen instead of paying a premium there since they provide a "small supply". I e-mailed Panama Jack and they claim it's made exclusively for the park (even though it's called Eco-Guide or something). I'll probably wear the wet suit just to protect half of my body from the sun!!!

Has anyone been who could tell me how much sunscreen they provide and how much it costs to buy more in the park?

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Old 03-30-2006, 11:19 AM   #21
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When I was there it was mandatory to wear a jacket or wetsuit. This way all of us guests were wearing the same gold color and it was easier for the lifeguards to tell a guest from an employee who wear a different color wet suit.
I do recommend the wet suit over the jacket. the air bubbles in the neoprene help you float so you get less tired.
There was numerous guests while I was there discussing how a wet suit keeps you warm. The truth is this - it does keep you warm but it is not instant warmth. When you first get in the cold water you will feel the cold water get into your suit (brrrr.) then your body warms up the thin layer of water that is trapped in your suit against your skin. The warmer water will stay against your skin and the neoprene gives a bit of insulation too. It can make a huge difference in how comfortable you are.

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Old 03-31-2006, 03:00 AM   #22
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I emailed them. They said everyone must wear a lifevest or a wet suit because it makes it easier for the lifeguards to see them, not because of the cold.

No problems with doing it if it's compulsary, just wondered whether it was or not. I'll probably go for a short wetsuit because I hate life vests!
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Old 03-31-2006, 07:25 AM   #23
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The life vests are not the typical boating kind. They are a fairly thin foam material and quite comfortable - you may change your mind once you see them. You can also change your mind at any time during the day. We started off in the AM (February) wearing short wet suits and changed to the vests after our dolphin swim.
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Maybe but I hate being "held up" in the water by anything other than myself...floatation devices scare me! I know it's weird but I guess I feel "safer" if I think I can get under the water easily and comfortably if I want to
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Does anyone know the largest sizes they have???? I'm concered!!! I usually wear a size 22 ugh!
Also, we will be going in August....do we still want to get wet suits or will that be too hot??????

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Old 04-01-2006, 03:31 PM   #26
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Don't worry about your size. I saw guests wearing Discovery Cove wetsuits who were definately bigger than a 22. They are prepared for guests of all sizes.

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Don't worry about your size. I saw guests wearing Discovery Cove wetsuits who were definately bigger than a 22. They are prepared for guests of all sizes.

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That's a relief...but of course I plan to lose sooo much weight between now and then!!!
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Old 04-01-2006, 08:00 PM   #28
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Does anyone know the largest sizes they have???? I'm concered!!! I usually wear a size 22 ugh!
Also, we will be going in August....do we still want to get wet suits or will that be too hot??????

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You won't have any problem at all. I'm about your size and there were several more sized bigger than the one I used. Have a great time.
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You won't have any problem at all. I'm about your size and there were several more sized bigger than the one I used. Have a great time.
Whew! What a relief!!! Thanks!
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Old 04-08-2006, 11:02 PM   #30
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Dislifer, see photo below! You'll have no problem fitting into a wet suit! I worried about that too.
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