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Scuba Basics: Everything You Need To Know About Drysuit Diving


Mark Newman from @Safe Diving follows up on last weeks drysuit video https://youtu.be/JK4UWpkMp3g answering everything you need to know about diving in a drysuit.

0:00 Drysuits Part Two
1:17 Membrane vs Neoprene
7:22 Floating Feet
11:12 Drysuit Preparation
16:19 Drysuit Packing

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Stewart McKenzie
Stewart McKenzie
1 year ago

That was fantastic fundamental information!
Im just considering my first dry suit to get back in the water I grew up in, and your info really helped.
Thanks,
S

Searching 4
Searching 4
1 year ago

Thank you for the tips

Leo EP
Leo EP
1 year ago

Get proper weighting with your drysuit and always control whenever you change any piece of gear. Unfortunately, I had a rapid ascent that sent me one week to the chamber. I made the mistake to rent a drysuit while my drysuit was sent to repair. I needed extra weight and well that wasn’t good. Cheers and safe diving 🤙🏾

Jeremy USA
Jeremy USA
1 year ago

What about the option of socks of boots?

Alvin Slovinsky
Alvin Slovinsky
1 year ago

The video was very informative I have watched many videos and have done research in dry suit diving and how to recover from a emergency position. The Question I have is do I need to take a course and get certified to dive in a dry suit or can I train myself. I have many friends that are divers and the are of two minds on this issue. I understand in my country 🇨🇦that I’m not required too take a course but if I travel outside the country what is policy wearing a dry suit without a certification card. I really enjoy watching all your videos. 👍

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Alvin Slovinsky
1 year ago

I have yet to go anywhere where I was diving in my drysuit and they asked to see a drysuit cert. Doing a course will teach you all the important stuff about drysuit diving, but it is possible to be shown how to dive in one by friends who dive drysuit. Basically, spend some time in the shallows regardless and practice, practice, practice.

Alvin Slovinsky
Alvin Slovinsky
Reply to  Alvin Slovinsky
1 year ago

@Scuba Diver Magazine I can’t agree more one of the dive shops out here have pool time available that you can use your gear in the pool for 1 or 2 hours and practice your skills that’s my intention. Thank you for your response 👍

Ian Bell
Ian Bell
2 years ago

Can neoprene be disinfected as well as a membrane suit?

CanYouHandleTheTruth
CanYouHandleTheTruth
2 years ago

First video I’ve watched about drysuits, and I think I’ve been put off them already. Sounds like another expensive ball ache to add to the already vast scuba gear configuration. I’ll just stick to wetsuit holiday diving for the moment I think

scoobidiver
scoobidiver
2 years ago

Do you store your dry suit with the zip open or closed ? Thanks

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  scoobidiver
2 years ago

Usually zipped, just make sure its clear and well waxed if its going into long storage.

Duncan O
Duncan O
2 years ago

Very good review Mark. Only comment would be a good neoprene suit (0Three) definitely offers good flexibility & is less prone to buoyancy issues due to the ‘streamlined’ fit. You can also use various degrees of layering of undergarments with a neoprene depending on water temperature, so a better year round suit than membrane in my opinion. I us my 0Three in the Red Sea with just basic land use thermals underneath in colder water, December/January & it is perfect. Other divers after 4 days on a liveaboard that time of year in wet suits some start skipping dives because of the bone chill, especially night dives. For recreational diving a neoprene is the way to go for those reasons and, as you say, neoprene is a lot more robust in terms of durability. When properly weighted a good neoprene dives more like a wetsuit than membrane. I would say contrary to you, membrane is for static diving & neoprene is for full fun recreational manoeuvrability. No ankle weights required lol, Hollis F1 fins. Also, neoprene suites generally come with robust neoprene neck & wrist seals. Blue Paraffin wax is best for zip lube.

Bert Koster
Bert Koster
2 years ago

This was actually VERY useful

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Bert Koster
2 years ago

Glad it was informative

W Brown Jr
W Brown Jr
2 years ago

Question Mark… I’ve heard someone say that neoprene dry suits are not good for going deep tech diving because their buoyance characteristics change? Or something like that. Have you heard this? Or are neoprene and trilam good for all tech diving the same?

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  W Brown Jr
2 years ago

I have heard people say that too, but then I also know veteran technical divers who do some serious depths and they use compressed neoprene suits. Overall though, I’d have to say that most of the tech divers I see regularly do use trilaminate suits.

SeikiBrian
SeikiBrian
Reply to  W Brown Jr
2 years ago

The buoyancy on ALL dry suits changes with depth, because the air in the suit compresses and expands. That’s why they have inflation valves and dump valves.

W Brown Jr
W Brown Jr
2 years ago

“Claggy”, I learned a new word Mark? LOL

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  W Brown Jr
2 years ago

I’ll do a Yorkshire translation video next… 🙂

Lawrence Cook
Lawrence Cook
3 years ago

Very good prestation. I am a instructor. And I must say. That was one of the best, informative prestation’s I have seen. Keep up the great work.

RVbilly
RVbilly
3 years ago

JUST ORDERED THE DUI CORTEZ BEST PART IT COMES WITH LIME GREEN STITCHING 😂😂

Wet Souls
Wet Souls
Reply to  RVbilly
3 years ago

Sounds amazing 👌🏾

Mark Gardner
Mark Gardner
3 years ago

Great and timely Video Mark as I’m just trying to make up my mind what suit to buy what do you think of the waterproof hybrid know it’s a lot of money but don’t want to have to buy another one on a year because I tried to save money

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Mark Gardner
3 years ago

Definitely visit a good dealer and try a few on first.

Mark Gardner
Mark Gardner
Reply to  Mark Gardner
3 years ago

Scuba Diver Magazine thanks. I have gone with an O’Three Ri 2-100 with kubi dry glove system just got to wait for it now

FALCON 2000
FALCON 2000
3 years ago

Very good information Mark. I don’t dive drysuits but everything that can be learned related to diving is good. If I ever try to do it I will not start from zero. Thanks.

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  FALCON 2000
3 years ago

Hello FALCON 2000, thanks for watching.

Ivory Johnson
Ivory Johnson
3 years ago

THANK YOU!!!!! Mark I am so glad you are giving us more info please keep it up.

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Ivory Johnson
3 years ago

Hello Ivory Johnson, thanks for watching.

Aymene M
Aymene M
3 years ago

Just got certified as a dry suit diver in Boston
Can’t wait to buy mine
DUI

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Aymene M
3 years ago

Hello Ayoo Boston, thanks for sharing.

nyax129
nyax129
3 years ago

20 minutes MORE? Mark your awesome.

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  nyax129
3 years ago

More videos coming.

nyax129
nyax129
Reply to  nyax129
3 years ago

@Scuba Diver Magazine or i should say scuba mag your awesome for picking up mark as well. Gosh do i sound like a fan boy? Bahahah

Scuba4Families
Scuba4Families
3 years ago

Really good video, we just did our Drysuit course..thinking about getting one now.

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Scuba4Families
3 years ago

Definitely do it.

sansuiso
sansuiso
3 years ago

Thanks a lot for the videos! The insert video clips (like the talc ones) are very valuable.
Almost ready to join the TeamMembrane myself, planning a trip to the local dive center soon! Winter and fresh water are coming.

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  sansuiso
3 years ago

Hey sansuiso, glad you enjoyed the video.

Yggdrasil42
Yggdrasil42
3 years ago

How do you hang a suit that has socks?

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Yggdrasil42
3 years ago

Get a special hanger so you can hang them upside down by the socks.

Rob Newman
Rob Newman
3 years ago

Can you Store a dry suit on a hanger for storage. I have a hanging compartment for my wet suits & BCD

P S
P S
Reply to  Rob Newman
3 years ago

If you’re buying one with attached boots, I would recommend a drysuit hanger. They dry really well on them and you can add other gear on too.

Most conventional hangers aren’t big or strong enough to hold them

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Rob Newman
3 years ago

Yeah sure just as long as the zip is protected you should be all good

qaszim2012
qaszim2012
3 years ago

Just ordered my wife and I, custom drysuite’s and awaiting delivery so can’t wait.

Has anyone had any dealings with Aqua leisure / Aquatek ?

Customer service has been great and price was half that of others but can’t find much off if them review wise, so took the leap.

I’ll update when we have them, if anyone is interested?

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  qaszim2012
3 years ago

Good to hear. Can’t say we have.

M3rl1n87
M3rl1n87
3 years ago

Great info as always Mark. I am at that point now of trying figure out which type i will buy for first drysuit, and keep going back and forth lol.

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  M3rl1n87
3 years ago

Glad to help

P S
P S
Reply to  M3rl1n87
3 years ago

Hi,
If it helps, I dive in cold UK waters and have a neoprene drysuit.
If you do go for neoprene, I would recommend buying it from a store that can measure you and adjust to ensure all seals etc fit nicely.
Mine is from Northern Diver

Dive instructor Daniel
Dive instructor Daniel
3 years ago

Very informative as my drysuit arrives in a few days 😄

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Dive instructor Daniel
3 years ago

Hello Divemaster Daniel, thanks for watching.

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