If you’ve grown up, as this writer’s other half did, diving off the West Coast of Scotland, you’ll be familiar with the ‘woolly bear’ outfit. It’s what many divers in this glorious – but often temperamental – part of the diving world wear under their drysuits to keep cosy in the chilly waters of the Atlantic.
Certainly, the woolly bear can be a welcome friend, especially given that weather conditions in the Northern hemisphere can change from glorious, blue, not-a-cloud-to-be-seen skies to dark, foreboding and distinctly inclement at the flick of a dolphin’s tail.
There are some idyllic diving spots in the Inner and Outer Hebrides which make it worthwhile. But really, you’d be mad not to head to the Caribbean, leaving your teddy behind.