Scuba Wetsuit Care

Maximize The Life of your wetsuit

Wetsuits are made from neoprene, a type of foam rubber that was developed in the 1930s  and is generally laminated on either side with various materials to produce varying degrees of stretch and durability. 

How long a wetsuit lasts depends largely on how well you take care of it, and the quality of the wetsuit in the first place. On average, a good wetsuit from a quality manufacturer should last anywhere from 200 to 1,000 dives on the type of diving it does. You can maximise a wetsuits life by taking proper care of it.

How To Care For Your Scuba Wetsuit

Taking five minutes to take proper care will maximize your wetsuit's life expectancy and help maintain its quality and flexibility.

Before The Dive

When donning your wetsuit be careful not to snag the inner skin materials of the suit with fingernails, rings, bracelets etc as this can affect the sealing performance of your suit.

After the Dive

Prior to removing your wetsuit be sure to unzip all the zippers completely. Once all the zippers have been unzipped, make your way out of the wetsuit one section at a time taking care not to damage the suit by excessive pulling or snagging with fingernails, rings, bracelets etc.

Washing Wetsuit

Salt water and chlorine can reduce the life of your wetsuit by drying out the neoprene. To keep your wetsuit looking good and maintain its health, after the dive you should let your wetsuit soak in warm freshwater for 30 min.  To maximise the life of your wetsuit, add a couple of caps of wetsuit shampoo to the soak water as this aids in removing the salt from the neoprene paws. To remove residual odours and bacteria from your wet suit, add 2 capfuls of Revivex Odour Eliminator an Enzyme-Based Deodorizer to the second container.  Hang suit to dry on a flexible, padded wet suit hanger. As the suit dries, MiraZyme does its work as well as algae, bacteria, pollution, waste matter and urine, leaving your suit odour-free.

Storage of Wetsuit

After washing your wetsuit and hang on a wetsuit hanger (a thin hanger will stretch the suit) in a ventilated area but not in direct sunlight. Be sure to pull the back zipper down all the way. Avoid placing your wetsuit on hot surfaces and storing in the trunk of your car for extended periods of time. Ideally, dry it inside out for one day and then turn it back the right way so that it dries thoroughly both inside and out.

Wetsuit Repair

Sometimes, contact with rocks underwater is unavoidable. Because of this, it is not uncommon to get rips and tears in your wetsuit. If you rip or tear your wetsuit you can usually repair it using neoprene glue by filling in the hole or tear. Liquid Aquaseal is a common neoprene glue that can be used for the repair.

 If you would like to know more, then do a PADI Equipment Speciality Course:

  Start Date Places Available  
12 Oct 2019 Equipment Specialty Course 6

Training
Sat 12 Oct 2019
09:00 AM
07 hours 00 minutes

The PADI Equipment course is a one day course which, when combined with the online theory, it gives you both the practical and theoretical knowledge to get the most out of your diving. This course is a must for all serious scuba divers.

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