DIVING WITH YOUR DRYSUIT
BEFORE THE DIVE:
Before each dive lubricate the zipper, follow the instructions on the container of zipper lubricant supplied with your suit. Open and close the zipper a few times after the lubricant is applied to the zipper chain. The friction caused by the slider traveling over the teeth heats the lubricant causing it to flow into the teeth. Apply a small amount of silicone grease to the sealing surface of where the slider completes the closure of the zipper. This is called the docking end of the zipper. The rubber ridges that can be seen on the inside of the docking end are where the grease should be applied. Also make sure that this area is clean and free of any other materials that may affect the seal.
AFTER THE DIVE:
Close the zipper and rinse the outside of your drysuit with clean, fresh water. Rinse any of the inner surfaces that may have come in contact with salt or pool water, such as the neck seal and wrist seals. Make sure that any sand, dirt, or gravel is washed away from the teeth of the zipper. Open the zipper and hang the suit to air dry.
STORING THE SUIT IN THE BAG:
Once the drysuit is completely dry inside and out, lay it on the floor with the zipper facing downward. Turn the boots inward and loosely rollup the legs and torso to the base of the neck seal. Bring the arms together over the top of the rolled suit so that the open zipper forms an arch as it does while you are wearing the suit. Slide the suit into its carrying bag and store it so that nothing else will be put on top of the bag.
Always inspect the zipper for any foreign material that may affect its ability to close and create a watertight seal.
Never leave a drysuit in direct sunlight. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun or florescent lighting will deteriorate neoprene and rubber materials (seals) very quickly. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight will substantially lessen the life of all scuba equipment.
INSTALLING THE DRYSUIT HOSE INTO YOUR REGULATOR:
Use a hex wrench (typically 4mm) to remove a LP port from your regulator 1st stage. Insert the threaded end of the drysuit LP hose into port. Use a 9/16 wrench and gently tighten the hose into the port – use about the same effort as you would to tighten your regulators yoke screw to the tank valve. The drysuit LP hose may be on the left or right side depending on your regulator configuration.
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CARING FOR YOUR DRYSUIT
1. Put the suit on a wide hanger and zip it up, then wash its exterior with fresh water and a mild soap. Insert plastic cups or small buckets into the neck and wrist openings to keep water from getting inside the suit. Flush valves and wash seals to remove any body oils. Scrub zipper teeth with a toothbrush.
2. Turn the suit inside out and wipe the liner down with a damp rag to clean any sweat residue. If the suit has attached boots, wash and dry their insides with towels.
3. Let the suit hang like this until dry, and then turn it right-side out to inspect the seals for tears or signs of aging. Look for abrasion, especially on knees and elbows. Obvious scuffing might be a sign of more serious, trouble to come, warranting the addition of protective patches.
4. If you noticed a leak prior to taking off your drysuit, repair it after the suit has thoroughly dried but before you put it away and forget about it. Many leaks can be repaired at home, but follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
5. An annual inspection at Motor City Scuba and we can evaluate the valves, seals and zipper. If required we can send your suit in for warranty work on any leaks, questionable seals or zipper.
6. Store the suit either with the zipper closed or opened all the way. If left partially open, the slider will leave a mark in the zipper track that might not seal the next time you wear it. Some divers store their suits on extra-wide hangers, while others fold them loosely and stow them in a plastic bag to protect from ozone.