Three weeks of vacation in front of us. Diving is on the program more or less every day. Perfect conditions for mr Murphy. This time he decided to focus on the neck seal on Vidars suit.
If you use a drysuit regularily over a period of time, you will sooner or later experience to have a dive ruined because of a torn neck or wrist seal.
When Vidar got his neck seal torn we had to get it fixed really fast because new dive plans were already a day ahead. Espen Indbjør at Dykkerlappen took the assignment and promised it finished over night.
We asked Espen if he had any tips on how to make the seals last as long as possible:
A torn neck seal can come without any pre-warning, but often the seal is starting to get sticky and with small tears. Inspect your seal and use talkum powder before you store it away and before you put the suit on. If you have just a little tear, you can cut a round shape around it so that no sharp edges are exposed. Perhaps this can save just that one dive, but you should take action to get a new seal. Don´t use a seal that is to tight. This will cause a lot of strain on the seal every time you put it on.
WeDive.no wants to know if he has some secret tricks to share. Espen smiles and says that he always brings electical tape to the dive spot. This can do the trick if your wrist seal has a damage. He has more than once taped his wrist to be able to dive.