How do I properly maintain and care for my drysuit?

Proper maintenance and care of your drysuit are essential to ensure its longevity, performance, and your comfort while diving. Here are some important tips for maintaining and caring for your drysuit:

  1. Rinse After Use: After each dive, rinse your drysuit with freshwater to remove salt, sand, and other debris. Pay attention to zippers, valves, and seals. This prevents corrosion and prolongs the life of the suit.

  2. Hang to Dry: Hang your drysuit in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Make sure it's completely dry before storing it. Avoid folding the suit along creases, as this can weaken the material.

  3. Inspect Seals: Regularly check the neck, wrist, and ankle seals for any signs of wear, tears, or deterioration. Replace seals that are damaged or show signs of degradation.

  4. Lubricate Zippers: Keep zippers lubricated using a specialized zipper lubricant or wax. Apply the lubricant along the length of the zipper to ensure smooth operation. Avoid using petroleum-based products that can degrade the zipper material.

  5. Check Valves: Inspect the inflation and exhaust valves for proper function. Ensure that they open and close smoothly and are free from debris. Replace or service valves as needed.

  6. Store Properly: Store your drysuit in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Hanging the suit on a padded hanger or laying it flat is recommended.

  7. Avoid Sharp Objects: Be cautious around sharp objects that can puncture or tear the drysuit material. Avoid sitting on rough surfaces or handling equipment that might damage the suit.

  8. Trim Nails: Keep your nails trimmed to prevent accidentally damaging seals or other components while putting on or removing the drysuit.

  9. Protect from UV Exposure: Extended exposure to sunlight can weaken the drysuit material over time. Store your drysuit in a dark, dry area when not in use.

  10. Use Suit Hangers: When storing or transporting your drysuit, use wide, padded suit hangers to prevent stress on the shoulders and neck area.

  11. Regular Inspections: Periodically inspect the entire drysuit for signs of wear, including seams, material, and patches. Catching small issues early can prevent them from becoming more serious problems.

  12. Follow Manufacturer Recommendations: Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for care and maintenance specific to your drysuit model. Different materials and construction methods may have specific requirements.

  13. Professional Servicing: Consider getting your drysuit professionally serviced annually or as recommended by the manufacturer. This includes inspecting, repairing, and replacing components as needed.

  14. Avoid Chemicals: Avoid exposing your drysuit to harsh chemicals, including gasoline, oil, and solvents, as they can damage the material and seals.

  15. Dive Safely: Avoid unnecessary stress on your drysuit by using proper buoyancy control techniques and avoiding contact with sharp or abrasive surfaces while diving.

 

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