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Old 27 November 2012, 16:23   #21
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You're right about water ingress not being too much of an issue with wet suits and the best of them let very little water in at all. Drysuits are ok but are not intended for long-term immersion; they will allow water in and when that happens you will get cold because of the volume of the suit and the fact that it offers no insulation. I have both a dry and (several) wetsuits for my jet ski and I prefer a wetsuit, especially in the winter.
Been underwater for 6 hours in my drysuit, came out warm & dry.
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Old 27 November 2012, 16:35   #22
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I am usually in a dry suit as I tend to use the rib for diving. Never been wet in it despite whole days in it which include several hours spent at depth. If your getting wet in a drysuit then take it back/get it fixed/stop pissing in it.

That is all.
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Old 27 November 2012, 16:55   #23
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I don't think we're comparing like for like here. Wetsuits and dry suits meant for leisure usage are not the same as those designed for diving. Both my dry and wet suits state on their labels that they are not to be used for diving.
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Old 27 November 2012, 17:07   #24
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A dry suit is a dry suit, whether its for leisure use or not. I used to spend entire days in 'leisure' dry suits teaching sailing and windsurfing.

Not saying your wrong, just that I don't agree with you.
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A dry suit is a dry suit, whether its for leisure use or not. I used to spend entire days in 'leisure' dry suits teaching sailing and windsurfing.
But I'm guessing you didn't spend six hours diving in them?
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But I'm guessing you didn't spend six hours diving in them?
No I didn't, but that's not what the op asked. He's asking about what people wear when launching.

In any case you have said your dry suit has never leaked which seems to be contrary to your views on the things.
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No I didn't, but that's not what the op asked. He's asking about what people wear when launching.

In any case you have said your dry suit has never leaked which seems to be contrary to your views on the things.
You're saying that all dry suits are the same but clearly they're not else mine would say it's ok to dive in. Mine hasn't leaked because I haven't worn it and done the same things I've done in my wetsuit. It's a case of horses for courses. Ribbers stay out of the water on the whole whereas jet skiers are often in the water. Ribbers prefer dry suits over wetsuits whereas most jet skiers opt for steamers.
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I'm sure dry suits are great if you're only in the water for a relatively short period but for long immersions you're far better off with a wet suit..
Are you feeling a little bored tonight? Recommending a wetsuit over a drysuit for ribbers on safety grounds is a little naughty - especially when your definition of superiority is it's ability to perform after a jetski MOB.

Without exception, the rescue bodies in Northern Europe wear drysuits for surface ops, with the exception of summertime surf rescue.

Your post reminds me of the dreadful Twim's Titanic Post - seriously dude!
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The OP was about launching.......you shouldn't really need more than wellies, same for recovery. Unless you're going offshore and happen to be wearing a drysuit and then that's what you're wearing. On a stag-do a bloke might wear a DJ or whatever but I don't think that would be the right answer to the OP.
And dry suits need a liner to keep you warm and should stay dry......not necessarily just when diving. A dry suit without a liner will put the heat sapping water next to your skin almost as effectively as if you weren't wearing one, and a leaking one is a lead around your neck and good cause for a serious complaint.
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most dive suites have air dump valves hence bring dive suites, I think they also have air hose connector to inflate suite too...

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