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Suit Squeeze

Discussion in 'General Scuba Diving' started by Ellie, May 6, 2008.

  1. Ellie

    Ellie Non scene GUE diver

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    During yesterdays dive, I didn't feel any discomfort or squeezing from my drysuit, but I was horrified today to see that I look like I've had 40 lashes across my shoulders. It doesn't look very attractive I have to say. I've even got an imprint of the blasted dump valve bruised onto my arm. So is it normal to not feel anything and you have to guess how much air to put into your drysuit? Or is it just that my Whites Fusion should be renamed the Whites Bruision?!

    Ellie
     
  2. onedego

    onedego New Member

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    I was diving on Saturday in a drysuit but had forgotten to re-attach my Inflator Hose to my regs... as such, my body was a bit of a mess come saturday evening... i had red streaks down both of my shoulders, and around my neck, down my back, down my chest in a V shape, and also the inprint of the inflator valve on my chest...

    All i was wearing though, was a t-shirt and tracky bottoms cos it was too warm for thermies... To be honest... the squeeze didn't feel painful... when diving in my drysuit i kinda like a lil bit of squeeze anyway (oo kinky)... but rarely come out with any marks...

    Could just be the luck of the draw or the temperature...
     
  3. Shoka

    Shoka Stripy Fish Specialist

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    Looks like another source of stress that perhaps you did not consciously notice, but will not have helped Ellie.

    No your suit should not bite you.

    Dunno what to suggest with the new suit though, maybe put some air in it at the surface, and raise your arm when you hit the water, let it dump until you feel comfortable?

    With mine I feel a definite sense of overall pressure if I neglect to add some air as I'm sinking. Its quite obvious, long before its uncomfortable.

    Harry
     
  4. Dougalsdad01

    Dougalsdad01 Active Member

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    I tend to like a bit of squeeze, that way I know there's not a lot of air to rush to my feet when I'm inverted (but that's my personal paranoia). Yes I sometimes come out with marks but they quickly disappear.
     
  5. GaryA

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    Hi Ellie, in any of your previous dives did you have any noticeable squeeze marks after taking your dry suit off. If not its more likely that the marks you mentioned could be attributable to the events surrounding your sea dive experience.

    To answer the rest of your post;
    If you use your BC for buoyancy then you will want enough air in your suit to relieve the squeeze at various depths and be comfortable throughout the dive.

    If you are using your dry suit for buoyancy then you will add sufficient air to your suit to maintain buoyancy at what ever depth you are diving. If you are over weighted you will tend to feel the air in your suit more than you would if correctly weighted. You will feel the air move around your suit as you change you position in the water for example if you have a horizontal profile in the water you will feel the air around the back of your shoulders, a slightly more vertical profile and you will feel the air moving to the top of your shoulders around you neck and even the top half of you arms depending upon the type dump valve you have.

    With practice you will become more aware of how much air you will need in your suit to be both comfortable and maintain control when ascending and descending.

    HTH

    Gary
     
  6. O2 Steve

    O2 Steve New Member

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    Ellie - just think yourself lucky that you dont get bag squeeze where us blokes do!!
     
  7. Coldhands

    Coldhands New Member

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    Ouch! Hadn't thought of that!
     
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    bottomfeeder New Member

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    To right i dived under weighted at stoney in January ( due to having got fat over xmas) ok fatter (im no racing snake).

    Didnt half make my eyes water :eek:hmy:
    Felt like id been vac packed.
     
  9. sazza

    sazza New Member

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    ellie, i get that on ever dive and lots of litte bruises......i guess it depends on how much air you use in your suit and how easily you bruise!!!!!
     

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