Classes and Trips
Dry Suit Class
April 28 @ 8:00 am
Designed for cooler waters, dry suits create a seal around your wrists and neck to keep the water out and keep you dry.
Dry suits keep you dry by creating a seal at your wrists and neck. Because your boots are usually attached to the suit, you just need to keep your head and hands warm with a hood and gloves. Dry suits also keep you more comfortable in cooler surface temperatures and in a brisk wind.
- All dry suits need a special watertight zipper. Suits with a zipper across the back of your shoulders may require the assistance of another person to get into and out of. There are many suits with zippers positioned for self-donning.
- Wrist and neck seals must fit snuggly against your skin to keep water out, but not too tight to avoid breathing or circulation issues.
- To add air as you descend and to release air as you ascend, your dry suit must have an inflator and an exhaust valve. Some suits have a wrist dump valve and others have shoulder or automatic dump valves.
Dry Suit Styles
- Neoprene dry suits are made of the same material as wetsuits, except they exclude water. They fit close to your body, provide excellent insulation and are really buoyant.
- Shell suits refer to the fact that the outer shell keeps you dry, but your wear undergarments underneath it to keep you warm– thicker undergarment for really cold water, or thin protection for temperate water.
- Kneepads, elbow pads and seat pads to better protect these areas of your dry suit.
- Pockets are useful for items like slates, and are usually located on the thigh.
- Some manufacturers offer the option of connecting a hood to your dry suit for extra warmth.
- Certain dry suit models have foot coverings that allow you to wear heavy-duty boots over them.