Wetsuit


Function

  • Like a normal suit, the wetsuit’s task it is to protect from outside environmental influences, in water especially from the cold. Even in tropical waters, the body can super-cool when being under water for a longer time.
  • Therefore, the choice which suit to buy should be made considering the diving site.
  • There are one-piece and multi-part suits, with or without any hood, available in various scantling from 0.5-7mm.
  • There is a difference between wet-, halfdry- and dry suits.
  • Furthermore, there ist the question about fashion and style. Of course, also in this case, you can ask the advice from an expert.

Material

  • Neopren

Purchase

  • As mentioned above, the choice should be made concerning the diving site.
  • Tropical suits that are only 0.5mm thick are very comfortable to wear, but they do not offer a good protection from corals or sea urchins.
  • If you are diving in the Mediterranean or in the Red Sea, a 3mm suit is sufficient. To make sure you are safe, there ist he possibility to get another 7mm vest in order to be prepared for various diving sites.

Maintenace

  • Neopren is very easy to clean. Clean it with freshwater after every dive and leave it dry in the shade. If it hasn’t been used for a long time, have a look at the seam and pull it back with a round needle, where required. The same counts for footies and gloves.
  • If the suit got very dirty, you can also put it into the washing mashine (use mild detergent and do not spin-dry). Do never grease nor oil the zipper, otherwise it will attract dust or sand even more. If needed, use a wax crayon.
  • The wristbands of a drysuit should get primed with talcum powder so they stay smooth.

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