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23 September 2013

All you need to know about Scuba dry suits

Author: Admin - Category: Dry Suits

Water takes away your body heat 25 times faster than air so it is crucial to choose the appropriate thermal protection when diving. A few dives in a wet suit in cold will diminish your abilities and efficiency seriously. Under 55ºF/16ºC a scuba dry suit is essential.

2As its name states, the main function of dry scuba suits is to keep the diver dry. This is achieved through several seals that prevent the water from coming in. In addition to it many divers wear undergarments under scuba dry suits because they create layers of air inside the suit that improve thermal insulation. This means that a dry scuba suit can be used in a wide variety of water temperatures needing only to adjust the underwear type to go underneath. We must also consider when making the choice of underwear, the type and intensity of the activity we are planning to do and our body size.
Scuba dry suits are easier to put in and off than wet suits, but they also required specific and professional training (do not try to figure it out on your own!) and some practice to learn how to use them.
Scuba dry suits have a buoyancy control system incorporated to help you maintain neutral buoyancy. This is achieved through valves: an inflator valve (usually in the middle of your chest) and an exhaust valve (usually in the outside of your left bicep). On top of this, you must always wear a buoyancy compensator as a back up to guarantee you a surface flotation device (in the rare case that the one on the suit would not work). It is important to remember that it is very difficult to control both systems at the same time and to do so could distract you from the basic measures to have a safe dive, so do never use them together!

Tips about Scuba dry Suits

You may want to consider the following recommendations when planning to dive with a dry suit.

* Check your suit a few days before the immersion: make sure waterproof zippers, seals and valves are in good condition and if not send them to repair.

* When wearing the suit, your seals and neck seals must be correctly trimmed and adjusted. Latex seals are trimmed often till they are 15% smaller than your neck and wrist circumference. Neoprene seals need to be stretched over night: the neck on the widest part of the scuba tank and the wrist over a tin can.

* Use the minimum amount of weight possible to help you achieve neutral buoyancy.

* Make sure you choose a body that understands how your scuba dry suit works.

* Practice, practice and practice till it becomes a second nature for you.

More information on: http://www.immersionsuits.info

23 September 2013

Marine Safety Equipment

Author: Admin - Category: Marine

When you begin your search for marine safety equipment you need to be able to identify the type of equipment you will need to purchase. This can be very simple once you have become acquainted with your states rules and regulations and have also determined and listed which items best meet your requirements as well as your passengers needs.

Determining which kind of life jacket or any kind of marine safety equipment can be daunting. Most especially if you might prefer to purchase high quality items. There are numerous products covered under the term ‘marine safety equipment’. Products such as life rafts, life jackets, immersion suits, life ring or water device for throwing, flash lights, air horn, rescue boats, pyrotechnics, and the list goes on. Life Rafts are a reliable safety solution should a disaster occur and an escape is required. Obviously, they must be inflated just before use and its presence can also provide peace of mind. If preferred there are also some life rafts which can automatically inflate when immersed in the water. A marine safety kit is also encouraged because it is a fundamental piece of any and all safety equipment on board your boat.

Boaters take pleasure in the feel of the sun on their skin and spray of the water on their faces. That being said, it is appealing to cruise around on the water without wearing a life jacket and most especially on pleasant days. There is absolutely no excuse not to wear a life jacket while on the water as they are designed and meant to save lives. Having said that today’s life jackets can be found in a multitude of designs, shades, and sizes. They are even available for those who prefer a more thin and flexible design. Some are even built directly into angling vests or sportsman jackets. Others can be inflatable and as small as a fanny pack right until they make contact with the water, then they immediately fill up with air. Particular life vests are made to keep the head above water and enable you to stay in a position which allows proper breathing. To satisfy U.S. Coast Guard specifications, a boat will need to have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest for each individual on-board.

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Boats which are 16 feet or more will need to have a minimum of one life ring or water device for throwing as well. In a ‘man overboard’ urgent situation, just about the most crucial measure a rescuer can take is to get a flotation device into the hands of the victim. If you’re able to do that and while doing so gain actual physical connection with the victim by using a line, the probability of an effective rescue increases drastically. It is not often as easy as it may seem, but numerous studies have shown the significance of getting the flotation device to the victim and making contact with the person in the water.

Here’s what you need to consider if you’re buying a survival suit.

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1. It’s essential that the survival suit you choose meets the relevant standards for your industry. You might need it to be flameproof for example, or keep you buoyant for a certain amount of time.

2. You’ll want to make sure that there is enough buoyancy to keep you floating. You won’t want to risk being submerged in an icy cold sea.

3. You’ll also need additional thermal properties to keep you warm in the water. Depending on what happened, you might be in the water for several hours. Staying warm will increase your chances of survival.

4. You’ll also want to look for useful features that will make staying alive and being visible easier. You’ll want a buddy line so that you can connect to others in the sea so that nobody gets lost, or dragged under. A lifting strap is useful for when you are finally rescued. An emergency light and reflective strips are useful so you can easily be indentified and can communicate with others who are with you. Having an integrated safety harness can help your rescuers to winch you to safety.

5. You’ll need to make sure that the suit you choose has insulated gloves and booties and a hood to keep you warm, and to reduce the risks of frostbite and hypothermia.

6. Some survival suits are fitted with Emergency Re Breathing System – ERBS, which allows exhaled breath to be recycled so that you can still breathe under water if you are submerged for a short time. This could be a life saver if the sea is rough.

7. An emergency locator beacon is essential, so that you can be found. Some immersion suits will have one built in, but it’s a good idea to have a separate one too, as you don’t know how long you will be in the water for.

8. You’ll definitely want to ensure that your survival suit has the right certification and approval from relevant regulatory bodies. This will give you the peace of mind that your immersion suit will meet your needs, and that it will offer the protection you need should you need to use it

9. Even though you hope never to use it, you’ll want to make sure that you can put your survival suit on quickly and easily. You’ll want to practice so that it becomes almost second nature.

10. The performance and ease of use of your survival suit are much more important than cost. If your current survival suit doesn’t meet your needs, is damaged, or needs replacing, then you don’t have the right one, and you’ll need a new one. You can’t risk your life, or the life of your staff or colleagues with a damaged or worn out immersion suit.

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