Monday, June 29, 2009

Dive Skin

With water taking away your body heat 25 times faster than air which can cause hypothermia, it is very important for the diver to choose the appropriate suit to keep the warmth inside.
Only on the warmest of the water (like the Caribbean) it is recommended to wear the lightest of all suits: the dive skin. It is mostly made of Lycra and will prevent cuts, scrapes, abrasion or stings while diving.The dive skin offers almost no thermal protection, so if you are planning to do more than one immersion per day it is better to use a wet suit.

Another use of the dive skin is to be wore under the wet suit. In the past, divers used to wear panty hoses with the same purpose: make the wet suit easier to put in and out as the neoprene slides better over Lycra than over human skin.

Maintenance of the dive skin

As with any other dive suit, the main point is to keep the dive skin always clean and dry.
After each dive there would always be salt or dirt residues in your dive skin. The dive skin should be rinsed inmediately after the dive in clean, fresh water. Make sure is completely dry before storage it so you can prevent damage, odor and mold or mildew. It is also possible and adviceable to hand or machine wash with a mild detergent regulary.
Never use a dryer on it. Let it hang out of the sun (as it can damage the Lycra) in a wide hanger.

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