WHY DIVE IN A SEMI-DRY SUIT?

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NO WATER CIRCULATION

Incoming and outgoing water is limited thanks to a watertight zip across the back, cuffs on the wrists and ankles and the smooth neoprene neck seal. Remmeber to fold them under for a better seal.

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OR DOUBLE NEOPRENE THICKNESS

With a semi-dry suit, you dive in a one piece so there's no extra bother of double thickness neoprene as in an adjustable suit (one piece + shorty on top)

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LESS WEIGHT

Non-negligible advantage for the semi-dry suit, you dive with muc less weight than an adjustable suit or a dry suit.

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PRACTICAL SIDE OF THE SEPARATE HOOD

One small detail that might be important in the pre-dive and post-dive phases : the hood can be removed. This is therefore more comfortable on the boat before the dive and you can put it on just before getting in the water.

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SIMPLE TO USE WITHOUT SPECIAL TRAINING

Unlike dry suits, semi-dry suits don't require special training to use them.

3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SEMI-DRY SUITS

Less thermal protection than a dry suit

Semi-dry suits provide very good thermal protection (rated as class B thermal protection (+10°C/+18°C)), but offer less protection from the cold than a dry suit. For dives in very cold water (for example in lakes or quarries), it's best to add a neoprene vest under your semi-dry suit for more comfort.

Importance of maintaining the ZIP

It's important to properly maintain your suit's zip by regularly greasing it with silicon. Check out our tips and hints for properly greasing your semi-dry suit zip.

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You'll need a buddy's help to put on / take off your suit

With a semi-dry suit, bear in mind that you won't be able to put it on by yourself. So, unless you're a contortionist, it isn't possible to close the back zip by yourself. You'll need your buddy's help, which is fine, since you won't be diving alone!

TIPS FROM OUR PARTNER, PLANETOCEAN

For optimum use!

Olivier, instructor and manager of the PlanetOcean diving club gives some advice for using a semi-dry suit: "Personally, I'd recommend a little warm water (think of it like a thermos flask) in your semi-dry suit before diving. This makes for less squeeze'" (under the effects of the pressure as you descend, the air trapped in the suit as you put it on is compressed and can squash the neoprene, make folds and inch your skin).

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ARTICLE CO-WRITTEN WITH

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Alexandre, salesperson at Decathlon in Toulon

I'm 33 years old... I've been a salesperson at Decathlon in Toulon and a dive instructor for 4 years. Before joining Decathlon, I was in the Navy where I took part in many operational dives. At this time, I got my certificate as a ship's diver, which is now equivalent to FFESSM level 3.

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