Can I Swap My Own Drysuit Valves? #askmark #scuba @ScubaDiverMagazine


Can I Swap My Own Drysuit Valves? #askmark #scuba @ScubaDiverMagazine

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#Askmark., can shoulder dump values be retrofitted and if so can you buy a kit to fit yourself or is it best to have it fitted professionally? Thanks for providing these valuable videos. Looking forward to many more.

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Scott Guimond
Scott Guimond
8 months ago

#askmark

Hey mark! I dive a 7mm wetsuit in Southern California and was wondering what the best option for undergarments is. If I wear standard board shorts, they just get all bunched up and uncomfortable. If I don’t wear anything, it’s not the most comfortable.

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Reply to  Scott Guimond
8 months ago

Yeah, body fitting swim jammers or trunks shouldn’t ride up. There’s no baggy material to bunch up and they tend to stay in place for me. If I dive in wetsuits I tend to wear jammers instead of baggy board shorts.
That or look for rash vest leggings with stirrups at the bottom. Scubapro make a full body rash vest that should stay in position

Bob Kalman
Bob Kalman
9 months ago

#askmark my wife and I both have lovely mares avanti Quattro fins for diving. We are going on holiday where for one single day we will need a pair of snorkelling fins. Any recommendations for super lightweight, easy to pack, fins which are not so big and bulky as the ones we have now.

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Reply to  Bob Kalman
8 months ago

For the lightest snorkelling fins that are nice and compact and won’t cost a lot, you can stick with Mares with their X-One Fins. They’re basically flat and weigh very little. You wear them bare foot and the adjustable heel lets you adjust them to your foot size

Lee Miller
Lee Miller
9 months ago

While we are talking values… how about replacing o-rings on an Apeks chest inflator. Mine is a bit sticky. I’ve cleaned and lubed but, hey, why not just proactively change the two o-rings. I have not been able to find a diagram indicting the exact size.

Tim Gosling
Tim Gosling
9 months ago

All good stuff, I’d just mention that especially with a neoprene suit it is a good idea to check it’s still screwed tight after a couple of dives. But that wasn’t actually what the question asked, ie: ‘can you retrofit a shoulder dump valve and do you need a kit?’ So yes, swapping out an old valve or fitting say a new inflator that has an electrical lead is very easy. But if you decide for some reason you want a new dump on the other shoulder or on a cuff that’s a whole different thing and will involve cutting a hole, gluing in the reinforcement disks and then fitting the valve. I’ve never seen a kit advertised to do this so I would definitely take it to a professional.

geemac
geemac
Reply to  Tim Gosling
9 months ago

`Hi Tim. Agree that swapping like-for-like valves would be something I’d consider swapping myself. However, fitting new cuff or ankle dump valves to a neoprene dry suit is somewhat technical and I’d have them fitted professionally, without hesitation, as the onus to repair falls into the specialists lap.😎🇦🇺🤿👍

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