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Top Tips – Getting a wetsuit on and off

Posted September 12, 2012 by admin in Blog

It’s the one thing that causes the most grief when diving, especially when you start out or before you invest in your own – getting your wetsuit on and off. Be it a shorty or a semi dry or dry suit, they can be a real pain, so here are our top tips for getting your exposure suit on and off;

1) Tights/Body Stocking – Maybe not one for the gents, but it was a bloke who told me. The tights make getting a wetsuit on and off so much easier. I wouldn’t invest in new ones though, the ones I dive in are pretty holey and tired looking, but they still work.

2) Plastic Gloves/Bag – They are great! Mainly because they are free at all good petrol stations/supermarkets. All you need to do is slip the bag over your hands and feet and watch the wetsuit slip on much easier, shimmy the bag back off (or keep it on – whatever floats your boat) and enjoy the dive. I have found keeping the plastic gloves on can keep my hands a bit warmer in the cold UK dives, but that’s personal experience!

3) Make sure it’s not caught on your ankle! – It happens all the time, people will be yanking the wetsuit up and it’ll still be caught on the ankle. So check it’s not caught up anywhere, or you’ll knacker yourself and your suit!

4) Ask your buddy to blow – I’ve not tried this yet, but can see how it works, you basically get your buddy to blow up your sleeve or legs to inflate it a little. From what I have seen it helps, I’ll let you know once I have properly tried out the method.

5) Take it slow! – There is no great rush for getting your wetsuit on and off, at the end of the day, the last thing you want is to be flustered when getting in the water!

6) Practice – If you are using a club suit, then try and get the same one each time, so you get a feel for how to get it on and off quicker and more easily. If you have purchased your own, you’ll soon find little tips for getting it on and off.

7) Shampoo Solution / Lube – That’s right – good old fashioned lube will do the trick, or some watered down shampoo (that’ll smell nice too) *Note, please be careful with some chemicals as they can harm your suit depending upon material*

8 ) Talc – Really useful for getting a dry suit on and off and also for creating a nice smooth surface to slide on your wetsuit. Just watch out for it getting all claggy though… yuk!

9) Get The Right Size – It might sound like I am stating the obvious, but it makes all the difference to getting it on and off, for example, i tend to dive in mens suits, because I am taller and my legs are stockier. I had to try a few on before I got to those, let me tell you! A wetsuit that is too short/tall or even loose/tight is not going to make life easy when getting it on and off! Nor is it going to do it’s job properly.

10) Choose The Right Exposure Level – Again, stating the obvious but you don’t want to be diving in a shorty in the arctic circle now do you! Get the right wetsuit for the types of dives you do and for the types of diving you do. If you go cold and deep – it might be time to invest in a drysuit, unless like me you are happy at 30m and 4degrees…

Hope that helps! Let us know if you have any suggestions and we’ll add them to the list!

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    You’re right these are helpful tips, so annoyed I didn’t know these before I got my wetsuit on!! I want to come Scubadive with you guys!

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