Diving suits are essential for diving in not so warm waters and where temperature is below to that of the body (32ºC). They offer protection and thermal comfort allowing the diver to stay in the deep sea as long as desired.
When buying a wetsuit we must consider a number of factors such as comfort, thickness of the wetsuit, size, etc. The choice of the thickness of the wetsuit is very important as it should be appropriate to the water temperature in which we are going to perform the dive.
Wetsuits should fit the body like a glove. They must be felt as a second skin. The best ones are those that perform the function for which they were designed: to protect your body from the cold. All enthusiasts should seek the wetsuit that best fits their physical characteristics. Stores have a variety for men, women and children.
- Wet suits: A thin film of water gets trapped between the skin and the suit which is warmed by contact with the body. There are different thicknesses available: from 2 to 8 mm. Minimum protection suits are made of Lycra or derivatives, and are used in swimming pools and warm water. All the rest are usually made of neoprene.
- Semi-dry suits: They are designed for diving in cold waters. These suits have a minimum thickness of 7 mm. The hood and boots are part of the suit, unlike the previous ones that are usually separate.
- Dry suits: Provide an excellent thermal protection. The diver will remain dry, that is, air is used as a barrier, not water as the above. It may become a problem because it creates buoyancy. This requires learning previously how to use it. They have an inflating device that pushes air and insulates the body from the cold. It is complex though to don and another person’s help is needed to put it on. The most commonly used materials for manufacturing are compressed neoprene and membrane neoprene.
How to maintain the gear?
After each dive the suit has at least to be rinsed with fresh water and be aired dry, without exposing it directly to the sun. We recommend you to place 50 ml of Careli Neoenzim in the washing machine and run a spin cycle in order to remove bad odors caused by salinity and physiological effects during scuba-diving.
Diving Centres usually provide buckets to rinse the suits. These buckets contain a solution of Careli Neoenzim (or similar) to ensure the suits’ hygiene and deodorization.
At the end of the season it is advisable to wash the suits in the washing machine, run a programme for synthetic laundry at maximum 40ºC, placing two capsules of FLOPP Ropa directly in the drum.
FLOPP Ropa is a neutral detergent that is gentle on the materials and leaves them in perfect condition. Do not add fabric softener. Add 50 ml of Careli Neoenzim in the spin cycle.
Once the programme is over, hang the suits on a hanger and let them dry without exposing them directly to the sun. Do not keep them in a wet area.