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Old 08-03-2010, 18:17   #76
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You also need to cut the neck seal to fit properly. A neck seal that is too tight can cause some major issues including loss of consciousness at the wrong time.
A few years ago a lady died at a local dive spot (Edmonds) on account of out-of-air situation, but her disorientation was fundamentally caused by neck seal that was too tight.

So, yes, get it right.

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An aside: A small bladder is a major problem for dry suits. I learned to avoid chocolate, tea, coffee, and all sorts of stuff before dives--and still had problems. Seems cold water triggers an urge to pee. Never did pee in the darn thing, but had some interesting moments.
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An aside: A small bladder is a major problem for dry suits. I learned to avoid chocolate, tea, coffee, and all sorts of stuff before dives--and still had problems. Seems cold water triggers an urge to pee. Never did pee in the darn thing, but had some interesting moments.
This problem is related to what is called the mammalian diving reflex. It occurs when you hold your breath and your face contacts cold water. A number of physiological reactions occur in the body.

Also wrt several other posts, be cautious if buying a used dry suit. They have a 10 year life time with the best care. Does not seem to really matter how much they are used. The neck and wrist seals have about a 5 year lifetime but can easily be replaced by a shop or yourself. Make sure the new one you are buying hasn't been hanging in the shop for a couple years.
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