How to Take Care of a Wet Suit

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A wet suit should always be turned inside out after a dive, rinsed thoroughly to remove the salt water and left out to dry completely before storing it. Extend the life of a wet suit through proper care with helpful advice from the owner of a Miami dive store in this free video on scuba diving.

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Hi my name is Valerie Kevorkian, and I am with Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center, Miami Beach, Florida. In this clip we are going to talk about caring for our wet suit. After the dive you want to take your wet suit off, and properly take care of it. A wet suit should never be stored wet for a couple of reasons. One is that it will stink as it dries in your dive bag. Taking off the wet suit after the dive you want to do everything in reverse as to when you were putting it on. Roll the wet suit off arms first going to your legs. Now the wet suit is inside out in proper form and position for rinsing. It is important that you do rinse the wet suit after. The best way is to put it in a tub with some of the products that help get rid of the salt water. We have equipment and wet suit wash, we also have something called sink the stink that will help eliminate any odors that have gotten into the wet suit. You want to soak it for a few minutes in cool water, do not put it in your dryer, and you want to hang it up to dry afterwards in a cool dry place just like all of the rest of your scuba equipment. Once your wet suit is hung out to dry you might want to leave it out until it is completely dry. Do not put it in your bag wet as it will smell when you go to use it the next time. This is Valerie Kervorkian, thank you for watching.


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