How to Put on a Wet Suit

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When putting on a wet suit, it is important to put it one very gradually, as it will not slip on as easily as most clothing. Put on a wet suit right before a dive 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 Kervorkian, and I am with Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center, Miami, Florida. In this clip I am going to show you how to put on a wet suit. It is important first before putting on the wet suit that you determine which way the zipper goes. If it is a back zip or a front zip. Our diver is going to put the wet suit on legs first one leg at a time, and unlike clothing you want to be able to put the wet suit on, and gently bring it up little by little up over your legs. Once both feet are in, it is not that easy so you may need to brace yourself sometimes, and hang on to somebody or something so you don't fall over. Maneuvering yourself on a boat putting on a wet suit may be a difficult task so sitting down may be appropriate. The diver pulls the wet suit up leg by leg, once it is at the knee, and it is properly at the knee you can go ahead and pull it up, and start putting your arms in one at a time. It is important that your wet suit fits you properly, and once it is on you can go ahead and start zipping up the zippers. Don't put your wet suit on too early as you may get overheated if you are in a tropical area. This is a back zippered wet suit so the diver may need help adjusting the zipper, and also adjusting the neck to make sure that it is in place. A properly fitting wet suit will allow very little water to come in keeping the diver warm while scuba diving. This is Valerie Kervorkian, thank you for watching.

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