Dry Suit diving is becoming more and more popular in the world of scuba diving. It allows divers longer bottom times in cold or frigid water conditions and also allows divers to dive in areas that are not fun to dive using a typical wetsuit. While all divers using Drysuits should have special Dry Suit training a few tips will go along way in improving your dry suit experience.
Item #1: Know how to use your Dry Suit:
Buoyancy control is the single most difficult aspect of scuba diving. When diving in a Dry Suit you not only have a Buoyancy Control Device or BCD to help control buoyancy but your Dry Suit is often used as a BCD at depth. Know how to use your Dry Suit. Take the PADI Dry Suit Specialty Diver Course to learn the safe way of diving with a Dry Suit.
Item #2: Don your Dry Suit at the appropriate time:
Divers choose Dry Suits to dive in cold water, not necessarily due to cold air conditions. If it is a cold day you can don your Dry Suit when ever you wish since it will help keep you warm on the surface. However, if it is a particularly warm day, do not don your Dry Suit until you are ready to get into the water. This will help avoid overheating on the surface, a very real problem.
Item #3: Wear Undergarments appropriate to your diving environment:
Many Dry Suits require insulated underwear to maintain warmth. This underwear comes in many different thicknesses, which is measured in degrees ranges. Select the underwear appropriate to the temperature range in which you will be scuba diving. This will keep you comfortable without the risk of being either too cold or too hot.
Item #4: Always make sure that your Dry Suit fits comfortably and that the zippers are securely closed:
Dry Suits are fitted very precisely. If you have gained or lost a fair amount of weight your suit may not fit properly. If it is too tight it will impede your breathing and motion. If it is too lose it may hold more air then usual causing buoyancy issues and may even leak water. Needless to say, always, always, make sure that your Dry Suit zipper is securely fastened.
Item #5: Streamline yourself as much as possible:
A Dry Suit has much more drag and resistance then a wetsuit. Make sure that you are properly weighted and make yourself as horizontal as possible when diving. This will help cut minimize drag and resistance.
Item #6: Practice proper Dry Suit Skills:
Make sure that your routinely practice those ever important Dry Suit Dive Skills. Think about the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Control Course, which will further assist you with proper weighting and streamlining when diving with a Dry Suit.
Item #7: Properly Maintain Your Dry Suit:
Your Dry Suit like any other piece of important scuba diving equipment must be maintained in proper working order to avoid problems. Check your Dry Suit well prior to using it to make sure that your wrist and neck seals are functioning properly. Lubricate your Dry Suit zippers with the appropriate wax prior to each dive. Clean your suit inside and out after each dive. Allow the Dry Suit to dry after washing. Store your Dry Suit according to the instructions from the manufacturer. Be prepared to for emergencies by having a patch kit and tape available should it be needed.
Your Dry Suit is a major investment in both time and money. By adhering to these simple basic steps you can get years of safe enjoyment and some great scuba diving from your Dry Suit, which will lead to some great Aquatic Adventures.