Hey! Here is the second part of our diving gear guide. Have fun reading and learning.
At this point, we concentrate on semi-dry and wetsuits. Information about dry suits will follow in a separate post.
The first purpose of this suit is to keep you warm. Even with water temperatures around 85°F, you have to keep in mind that your body temperature is around 96°F. Over time you will also cool down at “bathing water temperatures” and start to tremble.
Wetsuits are available in different millimeter thicknesses, as shorty and full body. With the Shorty, you can dive in very warm waters, like Thailand or the Maldives mostly without problems. Personally, however, even in the bathing water we tend to wear full-body suits. On the one hand, you may not only make one dive but two or three, or dive several days in a row. In this case, you will notice that you start to freeze faster because your body has already cooled down more than usual. Even if you dive deeper or there are different currents, you will notice a temperature difference that can be unpleasant.
After all, a full body suit offers higher protection and thus should be the suit of choice for narrow dives.
After each dive, wash the suit well in the freshwater pool and do not let it dry in direct sunlight. After a diving holiday, the suit should be washed thoroughly again. It may also be washed in the washing machine on low temperatures with mild detergent. Disinfection is also recommended from time to time.
Store the suit in a dry, dark place on a rack without bending it.
With the jacket and weights, you determine your buoyancy under water. The device is connected to your scuba tank via the inflator hose and can be filled with air, in emergency situations you can also inflate it with your mouth. This gives you buoyancy and allows you to stay on the surface without effort, for example. To dive down, the air is released via the inflator hose and you slowly start to sink. Jackets also have several quick-release valves for the air, which you should familiarize yourself with before your first dive.
Some jackets already have an integrated weight system, so you no longer need a separate weight belt. If you want to buy a jacket and not mainly dive in your local area, it is worth thinking about a lighter travel jacket because it is easier – and cheaper – to transport. Jackets come in different sizes and it is vital that you choose a well-fitting model. The jacket can then be adjusted exactly to your body shape using various buckle straps.
Like all other equipment, the jacket should be rinsed off with fresh water after diving. Fill it to a third with water via the inflator hose, blow some air into it and rotate the water back and forth in the interior. Then drain the water through the outlet valve on the inflator hose.
For drying, hang over a hook when slightly inflated and protect from direct sunlight.