The importance of proper equipment maintenance is essential to ensure both your safety and extend the lifespan of your dive gear.
In our latest blog, we aim to provide divers with a comprehensive guide on how to look after their drysuits effectively. By following the recommended pre-dive checks, cleaning procedures, post-dive checks, and proper storage and maintenance practices, divers can maximize their drysuit's performance and longevity.
I. Pre-Dive Checks:
Before every dive, conducting thorough pre-dive checks is essential to guarantee that your drysuit is in proper working condition. These checks involve inspecting the drysuit's seals, zippers & valves.
1. Examine neck and wrist seals for signs of wear, tears, or deterioration.
2. Ensure that the seals are clean and free from debris.
3. Lubricate seals with a suitable silicone-based lubricant for a proper seal.
1. Inspect the zipper for any damage, corrosion, or sticking points.
2. Lubricate the zipper with a specialized zipper lubricant to ensure smooth operation.
1. Verify both the condition & operation of inflation and exhaust valves, ensuring they operate smoothly.
Regular cleaning is vital for maintaining the performance and longevity of your drysuit. Proper cleaning practices help remove dirt, salt, and other contaminants that may degrade its materials and compromise its integrity.
A. External Cleaning:
1. Rinse the drysuit with fresh water after every dive to remove salt and other debris.
2. Use a mild detergent and a soft brush to clean the exterior surfaces of the drysuit.
3. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residues.
B. Internal Cleaning:
1. Turn the drysuit inside out and rinse it with fresh water to remove any saltwater and dirt.
2. Use a mild detergent specifically designed for neoprene or drysuits to clean the interior.
3. Thoroughly rinse the inside to ensure all detergent is removed.
III. Post-Dive Checks:
After each dive, conducting post-dive checks helps identify any issues or damage that may have occurred during the dive. Promptly addressing these concerns will help prevent further damage and maintain the drysuit's performance, ensuring that it's fully functional for your next dive trip.
1. Inspect the drysuit thoroughly for any tears, punctures, or abrasions.
2. Check the seams and stitching for signs of wear or unraveling.
3. Verify the condition of wrist and neck seals and the correct functioning of all zips.
1. Repair any minor damages using suitable repair kits or adhesives designed for drysuit repairs.
2. Seek professional assistance for major repairs or damages beyond your capabilities.
IV. Storage and Maintenance:
Proper storage and regular maintenance are key to preserving your drysuit during periods of inactivity or between dives.
1. Hang the drysuit in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight, to allow it to air dry completely.
2. Ensure the drysuit is fully dry before storing to prevent mold or mildew growth.
B. Folding and Storage:
1. Fold the drysuit neatly, avoiding sharp creases or folds that may damage the material.
2. Store the dry suit in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
3. Avoid storing the drysuit in a compressed or cramped position that may compromise its shape or integrity.
4. Consider using a dedicated drysuit hanger or storage bag to maintain its shape and protect it from dust and pests.
C. Regular Maintenance:
1. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines for recommended maintenance intervals and procedures.
2. Inspect and replace neck and wrist seals as needed to maintain a proper seal.
3. Lubricate zippers and valves regularly with appropriate lubricants to ensure smooth operation.
By following the recommended pre-dive checks, cleaning practices, post-dive checks, and storage and maintenance guidelines, you can ensure that your drysuits remains in optimal condition. With a commitment to regular care and maintenance, you can enjoy countless dives with a reliable and durable drysuit by your side.
PADI CD 617673