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    Another Dry Suit Dive – More Sand And More Water

    August 24, 2013

    In two weeks I leave for Poland, and I need to get amazingly proficient with double tanks really quickly; so far I have zero experience.

    So now, at least, I can get in another dry suit dive.

    I geared up and made sure to zip my zippers; it’s hard to get a visual, but I couldn’t zip them any more.

    I made an easy entry through the surf, put my fins on, and I was away.

    I noticed I wasn’t getting much ball squeeze as I descended… actually I wasn’t getting any.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #442

    Solo Diving
    Veterans Park, Redondo Beach, California, USA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 800 psi
    Max depth: 101 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat with rollers at the surf zone
    Visibility: 15 feet
    Water Temperature: 55 degrees at depth, 67 at the surface
    Air Temperature: 70 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 30 minutes or so

    My dive plan was simple – go straight West to 100 feet, turn around and come back.

    As I descended down the canyon, I realized I wasn’t feeling “dry suit squeeze” because the pressure was being relieved by all the water that was flooding into my dry suit.

    Yep, flooding again – at least I’m not an astronaut on a space walk.

    Well, no reason to cancel the dive – I continued to 101 feet where I turned around.

    At 60 feet, I swam North to a formation of blocks and then went back on course.

    I wasn’t cold, just pissed I had flooded.

    I made it out and fell in the surf, just as I had before.

    Luckily, I fell right in front of a rescue class – they stood there and watched me crawl a bit and then get up.

    I can only imagine what it is like to be on a chain gang…

    Dry Suit Floods
    A flooded Dry Suit can hold a lot of water.

    Upon inspection by Chris From Detroit, it was discovered that, even though my zipper felt like it couldn’t go any farther, the zipper had another inch to go.

    I also later noticed the pee valve was open, and I wasn’t hooked up.

    OK, even though I still really hate dry suits, I have learned now to be more paranoid about the seal.

    5 Comments

    1. Looks like you upgraded the boots at least. Or is it the camera angle?

      Comment by Chipper — August 26, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    2. That’s the camera angle. You can’t see the duct tape.

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — August 26, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

    3. Either you have little feet, or you took on a lot of water. Watch those zippers.

      Comment by halibug — August 27, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    4. That’s why I like diving with a buddy – or at least have someone topside to make sure my zippers are zipped, straps are strapped, buckles are buckled, and air is on! 🙂

      I’m about to take a dry-suit class, so reading about your experience is helpful – thanks for blogging!

      Comment by Dave — August 30, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    5. I would imagine it would be cold with a flooded dry suit especially in california. I’ve never used double tanks before or a dry suit for that matter. I’m sure it’s quite a different experience. I agree with dave above, buddy diving is always better.

      Comment by Ben — September 4, 2013 @ 5:48 am

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