Just because you want to know @ kirkscubagear


St Thomas 1Kirkscubagear is online, e-commerce business that I operate from my home at 113 Cottonwood Crescent, London, Ontario, Canada N6G 2Y7. (as listed in Google) It is not a storefront nor does it have stock/inventory.

Kirkscubagear does not offer scuba lessons. It is strictly an alternative shopping site for divers who wish to purchase quality scuba/snorkeling/electronics/outdoor gear products at reasonable prices. All products are backed with a manufacturer’s warranty from my suppliers. Kirkscubagear is not a “grey market” business. Referrals from kirkscubagear for lessons, tank fills, and store gear are made at the customer’s request to a local business in London, Ontario, which is supported by me.

Most divers know that scuba gear is not made in Canada, except for Bare, which is located in Quebec, Canada. Most of my products ship to Canada from the United States/China from an assortment of suppliers that work with me.

I am pleased to offer products from Canada such as Carry Yak, Chawel, Paddle Wrap, Ice Halo, Chilly Dogs, Canned Oxygen + and Sportstalgid Bracelets. These products ship within Canada.

Shipping is always an issue with customers. All of my products ship via USPS (air mail) to eliminate extra costs. USPS charges are based on weight and the size of the box. Scuba Tanks are shipped via UPS, because of their weight.

Kirkscubagear does not charge customers more than my supplier charges me for shipping your purchase. I do not believe in making a profit from shipping charges.

Have a friend in the United States, or an address, or taking a vacation in the U.S., or have a UPS box? I am happy to ship your purchase there, as many products over $50 ship for free within the U.S., but unfortunately not in Canada.

I appreciate the support of Canadians who purchase from my site.

Questions, concerns, inquiries are always welcome. Email kirkscubagear@live.ca, or call 519-641-4948. Your inquiry will be answered in a timely matter.

Kirkscubagear is growing to provide Canadian divers/snorkelers with quality gear that doesn’t break your bank account. Kirkscubagear is an ocean conservationist, believing in the preservation of our coral reefs and the life underwater. We also support SOS (Save our Wrecks, Ontario) diving for the disabled, swimming for the disabled, Save Our Sharks and Save our Sea Turtles.

Kirkscubagear is a social butterfly.

Facebook

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Twitter

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Pinterest

Scuba Deals for Canadians

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Ontario Divers

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LinkedIn

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Kathy Dowsett, http://www.kirkscubagear.com owner and operator and a PADI certified diver
113 Cottonwood Crescent London, Ontario N6G 2Y7 :::: 519-641-4948 or 519-520-7480 after 5 pm., please. (Canada only)

Shopping For Snorkeling Gear: What You Need To Know


Cressi Snorkel Set @ kirkscubagear::$49.95

Cressi Snorkel Set @ kirkscubagear::$49.95

If you are planning on taking up snorkeling as a hobby in the near future, you will need to get yourself kitted out in the latest gear. So, prior to heading to the beach for an action packed weekend of exciting snorkeling action, make sure that you head off to the local snorkeling apparel and equipment store. You may not be fully up to speed on what kind of accessories there are available, so, in this article, we will take a look at some of the essential apparatus that you will need in order to make the most of this exciting and unique pastime, as well as making it more comfortable and fun.

The Essential Items

The snorkel is obviously the most important part of a, scuba divers equipment, and it is where the term ‘snorkeling’ comes from. When the time comes to choose a snorkel tube, you will find that there are two main types to choose from. The J-shaped tube or the flexible tube. As a rule, it is much better to buy a flexible tube rather than a J-shaped tube, as they are easier to use, and although they might cost a bit more, the extra expense is well worth it. Next, comes the mouthpiece, and again there are two main types to choose from, either rubber or silicon. Even though rubber mouthpieces are very proficient, they can add extra pressure onto the jaw line, and they can be uncomfortable to use for lengthier dives, therefore, it is worth investing in a silicon mouthpiece. Also, it is worth investing in a good pair of flippers, which will help to propel you through the water, and again there are a lot to choose from, however, it is worth taking the time to find a pair that are comfortable to wear, even if they cost a little bit more.

Accessories

Once you have kitted yourself out with the basics, you can move on to buying some accessories, which will hopefully improve your snorkeling experience. There are many different accessories to choose from, however, some are a lot more useful than others. One thing you can do to make your snorkeling trips much more comfortable, is to upgrade your snorkel tube to one that has a purge valve fitted. Without a purge valve, any water that enters the tube will have to be expelled by you, through blowing hard through the tube. With a purge valve fitted, a simple maneuver of the valve will expel the water with minimum effort required on your part.

You can save on snorkel gear by purchasing it online as you will be able to do some product comparisons to find the best deal. This allows you to make the most of the money you have to spend.

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Kathy Dowsett
http://www.kirkscubagear.com

Is a knife part of your dive kit?


Tusa X-Pert II Point @ kirkscubagear

Tusa X-Pert II Point @ kirkscubagear

If you’ve been diving a while you may already have a strong opinion about whether or not you need a dive knife and; if you own one, which type you prefer. If you’re a new diver you may be wondering “Do I need a dive knife?”

Like many ‘seasoned’ divers Lloyd Bridges set the bar for me when it came to dive knives as ‘Mike Nelson’ in the Sea Hunt series. Nelson’s character sported what basically amounted to a short sword. So, when I was looking at display of dive knives I knew exactly what I wanted and bigger was better.

When I purchased my first SCUBA rig I was so excited about SCUBA diving! I wanted everything. No, scratch that I wanted EVERYTHING! I wanted to be the most prepared diver with the latest tech. As part of that kit I purchased a dive knife. Not a modest 2.5 inch BCD pocket type knife… no sir not me. This was the full on 5″ inch titanium blade with the super duper ankle holster (although I haven’t tested it, I think it might glow when orcs are about).

Getting to the Point
So, what is the ‘point’ of the dive knife or ‘diver’s tool’ as some agencies have taken to referring to it?

“To protect myself against predators!” – uh… no. It might work on TV and movies but in real life environmental awareness, understanding & respect for the environment and maintaining your composure are far better ways to avoid a negative interaction with a predator.
”I’m a spy.” – I’m going to have to give you that one. If you’re the likes of James Bond you may need one.
“I wanted to get a souvenir.” – big NO – please leave the reef in the condition you found it for the rest of us – don’t be THAT guy (or gal).
“I’m hunting abalone.” – fair enough, there are some foods that you can harvest with a blade.
“To escape entanglement.” – Yes! READ MORE

Kathy Dowsett
www.kirkscubagear.com

Under Pressure Dive Blog

First impressions: The DiverGuard


As scuba diving gains popularity, many new products seek to mitigate the inherent risks of the sport. The most important precautions should always be adequate, quality training and sound judgment, but in addition to the basics, many divers already carry items designed to increase their safety both underwater and at the surface, including whistles, DSMBs and strobes — as they should. And more options are added every season. In this blog post, I’ll look at one of the newest, the DiverGuard.

DiverGuard--available @ kirkscubagear

DiverGuard–available @ kirkscubagear

Shallow water death syndrome

Every year there are a number of dive deaths for which there are no real explanations. Many of these deaths occur in fairly shallow water; the divers are experienced, and there seems to have been no panic, outside influences or equipment failures. The divers simply drowned. Typically, these deaths are explained as sudden illnesses or seizures, which paramedics would have treated had they occurred on land. But because the victim is stricken underwater, he drowns before help can arrive. The victim’s buddy should help get the diver to the surface and start first aid, but statistics show that this doesn’t always happen.

Enter the DiverGuard

A new product, called the DiverGuard, seeks to remedy this. This small unit attaches to the low-pressure inflator, substituting for the current inflation and deflation unit. It electronically monitors the diver’s breathing, starting at around 10 feet, and stops again when the diver reaches 3 feet of water. If, at any point in between those depths, the diver stops breathing for 40 seconds or more, an audible and visible alarm sounds and flashes, alerting the diver’s buddy and other divers in the area. The diver, or another diver, has 7 seconds to press a reset button before the DiverGuard starts inflating the BCD, sending the diver to the surface. The alarm continues at the surface, helping divers and surface crew locate the diver in distress. Read more::::

Kathy Dowsett
www.kirkscubagear.com

Dive Gear Reviews: Who Can You Trust?


Cressi Start BCD Package Deal

Cressi Start BCD Package Deal

Scuba equipment is an expensive investment, so each item of gear should be carefully and thoroughly researched prior to purchase. That raises the question of what the best sources for dive gear reviews and other information are. Plenty of data regarding scuba gear is available on the internet, but not all of those sources are complete or reliable.

Print Magazines

Scuba Diving magazine make the biggest investment in scuba equipment reviews. Reviews of dive gear are a standard feature of each and every issue, with equipment reviews serving as the big feature in one issue annually. These reviews are often expansive, and reviews of many gear articles such as regulators and dive computers contain the results of extensive testing in the field and in the magazine’s Scuba Lab. Overall, these reviews are excellent.

However, there are two issues with Scuba Diving’s dive gear review choices. First, the magazine has a substantial bias towards reviewing expensive gear. One is hard-pressed to find a review of a regulator priced below $250. The other issue is that the magazine does not clearly state how it selects the dive gear to be reviewed.

Discount Priced Dive Gear @ kirkscubagear

Discount Priced Dive Gear @ kirkscubagear

Other magazines, such as Dive and Sport Diver, also have scuba equipment reviews. However, these are not as detailed as those of Scuba Diving magazine, and often consist of a few comments. Dive, however, does offer consumer reviews on their website.

Consumer Reviews

Consumer reviews are suspect because the author could be anyone. A particular dive gear review might be rewritten by the owner of a dive shop in Aruba, a man who owns dozens of sets of scuba gear and has 10,000 dives under his belt. It might also be written by a guy fresh out of Open Water training with only six or seven logged dives. While useful, consumer reviews should never be relied upon as the sole source of information for evaluating scuba equipment.

Kathy Dowsett
www.kirkscubagear.com

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Safety: 10 Things To Have In Your Rescue Kit


Reprinted from SPORT DIVER

JellyFish Stings

JellyFish Stings

No one expects accidents to happen, which as they say, is why they’re called accidents. And let’s face it, the sea is a pretty unpredictable place. Stepping on stonefish, crossing paths with the long tendrils of a jellyfish, or just scraping yourself on the reef are common dive mishaps. Be prepared and you can minimize the damage and enjoy the rest of your dive.

Toss these 10 dive savers in your bag and hopefully you’ll never need them.

1. Fresh Water & Water Bottle: The first course of action is often flushing out the wounded area. Having fresh water and a squeezable sports bottle on hand make it an easy job.

2. Soap: To clean wounds.

3. Vinegar: Jellyfish (there are more than 9,000 kinds), fire coral (not actually coral but a member of the jelly family) and bristleworms are a few of the common culprits that can deliver a painful zing. Vinegar helps neutralize the venom from any remaining nematocysts (stingers). Note: NOT to be used for a Portuguese man of war. It can trigger remaining nematocysts to fire.

4. Tweezers. To remove large stingers, splinters, and other embedded items.

5. Shaving kit: To scrape away fine bristles.

6. ACE bandage: Useful when you need compression (as in the case of a sprained ankle). It can also be helpful in the case of particularly toxic puncture wounds like those from a cone snail or stonefish. Wrap the affected area snugly (but not so tight as to cut off circulation) with an ACE bandage to slow the spread of venom.

7. Antibiotic ointment: To treat topical wounds after you’ve cleaned them.

8. Gauze pads/bandages: To cover wounds.

9. Over-the-counter pain reliever (Ibuprofen, Tylenol): To relieve the pain/stings

10. Duct Tape/Rescue Tape: Makes a good second skin over blisters.

Call 911 if …

Even innocent injuries can turn deadly if you have an allergic or severe reaction. After any accident, watch for severe swelling, dizziness, blurred vision, breathing difficulties, weakness, muscle pain, cold sweat and a rapid heartbeat. If any occur, call 911 (or DAN’s emergency hotline 919-684-4DAN if no emergency services are available) immediately. Injectible epinephrine can help calm allergic reactions. CPR may be necessary until help arrives.

Thanks to Sport Diver

Kathy Dowsett
http://www.kirkscubagear.com

Tips for Canadians about online shopping from the United States


USPS Shipping for Canadians--the preferred choice from Kirk ScubaGear

USPS Shipping for Canadians–the preferred choice from Kirk Scuba Gear

When Canadian residents make online purchases from U.S. based companies the shipping can become quite a hassle. While no one likes to pay shipping charges from the U.S. to Canada there are times when it needs to be done. The problem is that certain products residents of Canada need to purchase can only be purchased from the U.S. Even items that can be purchased in Canada are often cheaper if they are purchased in the U.S. instead. This causes Canadians to sometimes purchase items from the U.S. even if they would rather not.

This summary of shipping costs should give Canadians a good idea of what they are getting into when they order an item from a U.S. retailer. Also included are a few suggestions for Canadian customers, courtesy of Kirk Scuba Gear.

The first thing Canadian residents should do is check for sites that offer either international shipping or shipping within the U.S. and Canada. The most irritating thing that can happen to an online Canadian shopper is that they may spend time picking out the items they wish to purchase from an online store, getting their shopping cart ready, clicking on check out and finding out that the retailer does not ship purchases to addresses in Canada.

The best online retailers clearly state their shipping policies in a place where customers can see them before beginning the checkout process. These policies are usually found in the help, shipping policies or customer service sections of a website. The shipping charges for all items are determined by the weight of the item, its size, the distance it must be shipped, how fast the customer wants it shipped and the number of items they are purchasing. Customers should carefully read the shipping details before finalizing their purchase. Canadian customers have to factor in the cost of the exchange rate as it applies to both the cost of the merchandise and its shipping charges. Those purchasing items with a credit card may have to pay an additional charge for the conversion of the currency used in the transaction.

Customers must be sure to carefully check the method that is being used to ship the items to them. In general, Fed Ex and UPS offer faster delivery times than the USPS when the Canadian Customs number is used.

In addition to offering faster delivery times both UPS and FedEx are cheaper methods of having items shipped than the USPS. Customers are often caught off guard by the fees that custom broker services charge. These services are used by both the postal service and courier companies. The services are used to process packages in Canada and get them through customs and past the Canadian border. The fees incurred through this process must be paid by the customer.

Almost any item that can be imported into Canada is subjected to the Goods and Tax Services (GTS) that both FedEx and UPS use. Customs duties are applied and then the GTS on the purchase is calculated. When items are shipped via USPS they are subjected to the sales tax of the province the product is shipped to.

How To Avoid Shipping Costs

Shoppers who live in a Canadian town that borders the U.S. have certain options. If you choose to, you can get a mailbox in one of the nearby American cities and have your items shipped to that mailbox. Once you retrieve the items you will have to take them across the Canadian border. You may be subjected to extra fees when taking the items into Canada.

Taking an extended U.S. vacation is another way to avoid shipping costs. Simply have the items shipped to you at your U.S. residence. If you stay in the U.S. for an extended amount of time when you return to Canada you can claim a specified amount. Having your Kirks Scuba Gear items shipped to you in the U.S. may be free depending on the items you purchased.

If you have a relative living in the U.S. you can always have them receive the items you purchased.

All you have to do is a visit a UPS store in the U.S. and you can create an address where you have all your purchases shipped. Once you have created the address, simply spend the day in places near the UPS store and you will be able to return home with your purchased items. You may encounter fees at the border if your items cost a certain amount of money.

Before having any items shipped make sure to check the websites for the USPS as well as UPS and FedEx. This will give you a good idea of how much it will cost to have your items shipped. Online businesses sometimes charge more for shipping than they should, so do your homework before purchasing anything.

Companies such as Bono and MyUS.com ship items to a central distribution center before they ship them to Canadian customers. This process usually incurs some steep fees, so read the fine print before having your items shipped this way. Doing research before making any purchases will help you avoid unpleasant surprises later on.

The smart thing for Canadian customers to do when ordering products from U.S. stores is to have them shipped using USPS. Though it may take a little longer to get your items this way and may involve paying more than you would have otherwise it is still the best option in order to avoid having to pay extra fees.

Kathy Dowsett

www.kirkscubagear.com

Should You Buy Discount Scuba Gear?


Cressi Start BCD Package Deal

Cressi Start BCD Package Deal

Scuba diving – whether with the wolf eels and sea turtles in tropical waters off the shores of Kauai or with the Dungeness crab and harbor seals of the Northwest’s Puget Sound – is an adventurous and deeply satisfying sport. Tourists flock to the coasts and spend a great deal of money learning to dive and getting a glimpse at the mysterious underwater world; and many of them are hooked and want to keep diving. Diving, however, is an equipment-intensive sport, and the cost of quality equipment from big-name diving and sporting-goods companies can be prohibitive.

Those who love to dive and want to own their own gear may search eBay or CraigsList for “gently used” gear, or look for it at second-hand stores in coastal tourist towns, but buying someone else’s used gear has its disadvantages. There could be malfunctions or damages that are not apparent, the fit may be bad, or the gear may not have the features that would make it just right for its second owner. There are, however, suppliers of discount scuba gear who sell new, good quality gear at low prices. You can get gear for much less than the big kahunas are charging, without sacrificing the quality of your diving experience.

If you are in the market for discount scuba gear, your best bet is to visit online scuba gear sites. You can avoid paying for the “privilege” of shopping at that big-name store, and get quality equipment in discount packages just right for your level of expertise and the amount of time you plan to spend diving. Both starter and mid-level scuba diving gear can be purchased at relatively low prices online – whether you need a wetsuit, regulator, gauge, buoyancy compensator, or accessories such as dive lights or knives.

If you are an occasional diver, or a beginner, but you want the security and enjoyment of owning your own dive equipment instead of relying on rental gear, check out discount scuba gear online. You can save by buying package deals, so you get good quality, totally functional equipment without shelling out a lot of cash.

Kathy Dowsett
www.kirkscubagear.com

Kirk Scuba Gear Has Upgraded and Made Changes for a Great Look


Your home on the net for quality, discounted scuba gear.

Your home on the net for quality, discounted scuba gear.

London, Ontario – Canada (October 23. 2013) – Kirk Scuba Gear has revealed the new look of their website displaying their discount scuba gear. Website visitors of http://kirkscubagear.com can expect to find their favorite brands and great featured products. There are all types of products available such as scuba gear, scuba accessories, snorkeling gear, kayak gear, and ice halo headbands. In addition, to celebrate their fifth year anniversary, Kirk Scuba Gear has incredible discounts available to the public. There is no membership required to enjoy their savings offered.

Quality Products Offered

Nobody can beat the discount snorkeling gear or discount dive gear that you’ll find at Kirk Scuba Gear. They have literally slashed prices of over 95-percent of their inventory.

Kirk Scuba Gear is known for superior products. They use genuine companies that are verified to bring you certified products. Their discount dive gear in Canada will not break down or be required for you to service as soon as you receive your product. Kathy Dowsett, business owner, stands behind the products she offers and will continue to give you good prices.

You can also be comforted in knowing http://kirkscubagear.com is a safe site to use. Your transactions are protected via PayPal, which accepts credit cards, your personal bank account, or funding can be withdrawn from your PayPal account balance.

Website Changes

Kirk Scuba Gear now has over 2000 products. She even has products of other vendors listed on her site to ensure your needs are met. Now, scuba enthusiasts will find the best scuba suppliers including, Bare, ScubaMax, Akona, Cressi, JBL, Aeris, Oceanic 1st, Mares, Henderson, Omar, Trident, Tilos, and Innovative, along with many more top suppliers. Kirk Scuba Gear also guarantees more quality products will be loaded to their site at good prices to help you save money and time.

Customer Care is Always First

Kirk Scuba Gear is looking to provide the best customer service you can find in this or any industry. All gear and accessories sold come with a warranty. Kirk Scuba Gear is interested in being the alternative supplier of scuba gear.

Shoppers are guaranteed their shipping costs will not be padded. They ship and charge the same amount you would pay directly to UPS or USPS. You will be charged the direct costs shippers charge Kirk Scuba Gear. If the cost ends up being cheaper, of which some United States orders ship free, you will be refunded the difference.

Kirk Scuba gear customer service far outweighs the others and there is no set competition. All products are available to be a convenience to her customers. Kathy will firsthand work with other vendors and suppliers for a product she does not have to provide it to her customers. They simply need to send an email or call and inquire about the product. Kathy takes care of the rest.

Kirk Scuba Gear is a proud supporter of Diving for the Disabled, Swimming for the Disabled, Dive Heart and Save Our Wrecks as the owner, Kathy, believes in preserving our waters and aquatic life.

Kirk Scuba Gear opened their online doors in July 2008 by owner Kathy Dowsett, a PADI certified diver. For more information about Kirk Scuba Gear, scuba enthusiasts can contact Kathy and view her products on her website: http://kirkscubagear.com/

CONTACT:

Kirk Scuba Gear
113 Cottonwood Crescent, London, ON N6G 2Y9, Canada
Call: 519-641-4948
Email: info@kirkscubagear.com

Care and Maintainence of your Drysuit/Recovery Suit


sar suitThank you to my friend Tom Hanna, a search and rescue diver living in Nunavut, Canada. Reprinted with permission.

Is Your Drysuit Ready for Your Next Call?
Care and Maintenance of Your Dry/Rescue Suits

Proper maintenance and proper storage of dry suits/rescue suits are important aspects of being ready for your next rescue call. If your suit is not in good condition, then how can you be sure that you will be able to perform your job well and return safely from the call? The following article will cover all aspects of care and preventive maintenance for your suits: neoprene, vulcanized rubber, and tri-laminate. I will cover individual parts of the suit as well as general items for repairs, cleaning, and storage.

MAINTENANCE:
HOODS, CUFFS, NECKSEALS, NEOPRENE & LATEX:

Rinse and Dry COMPLETELY after use.

Powder liberally with talc, or cornstarch, or cornstarch derivative such as gloving compound. Do NOT use any powder with fragrance, such as baby powder or bath powder, etc. – the fragrance may damage the rubber material, causing premature dry rot.

Powdering preserves the rubber and acts as a lubricant for donning the equipment.

Liquid lubricant can be used as an alternate to powder; however, it should be limited to only using PURE silicone, such as Aquaseal Seal Saver. Avoid using any silicone spray or any liquid in an aerosol can. The propellant in the can may damage the rubber. an aerosol spray has to be used as a last resort, then spray it on a cloth first, then wipe the cloth onto the neck seal, hood, cuffs. By spraying on the cloth first, the harmful propellant is dissipated before it touches the rubber material.

ZIPPERS:

Zippers are made of brass teeth in a base of nylon fiber, that are coated with rubber for strength and waterproofing.
Zipper teeth should be brushed with a soft toothbrush after every 2-3 times of use.
After brushing, inspect the zipper for any fraying and loose fibers around the teeth. If there are any frays or fibers the zipper may leak. These can generally be repaired by taking a hairdryer and carefully heating the frayed edges until they seal over.

Check the zipper for any teeth that are bent, for gaps between the teeth, and for any fraying that has gone down to the edge of the teeth and/or sealing surface. At this point, zipper replacement may be necessary.
When the zipper has been brushed and inspected, zip the zipper closed. Apply wax/lubricant only on the exposed part of the zipper that can be seen.

Use wax or lubricant that is prescribed by the manufacturer of the suit – or use hard paraffin wax.- Do NOT use soft beeswax because it collects sand and grit; therefore more frequent cleaning of the teeth is needed.
Do NOT use petroleum-based products, such as Marvel Mystery Oil, Vaseline, etc… Petroleum destroys and is not compatible with rubber products.
After waxing the zipper, unzip the zipper for storing the suit. This keeps the integrity of the zipper in working order, and makes the suit ready for then next call.

ZIPPERS ARE ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE PARTS OF YOUR SUIT!
PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE IS VERY IMPORTANT!

REPAIRS:
NECKSEALS & HOODS:

LATEX neckseals and hoods must be replaced if they are torn or damaged in any way.

NEOPRENE neckseals and hoods can be temporarily patched with neoprene cement. The cement must be applied to a completely dry and smooth surface to maintain the integrity of the seal. Otherwise the hood and/or neckseal must be replaced professionally.

CUFFS

LATEX cuffs may be able to be temporarily repaired with a bicycle patch, however, usually a complete replacement will be needed.

NEOPRENE cuffs can be temporarily repaired in the same way as noted above for neckseals and hoods.

GENERAL REPAIR NOTES:

NEOPRENE: Minor tears can be patched with neoprene cement. Large holes can be repaired with Aquaseal (follow instructions on the tube). However, if professional repairs need to be done on the area of the Aquaseal repair, this area will have to be cut out and be replaced with neoprene material.

LATEX: All damaged parts should be replaced. Temporary patches usually do not work for very long.
VULCANIZED/RUBBER/TRI-LAMINATE: Holes and tears can usually be patched, ideally using patch kits provided by the manufacturer. NOTE: Zipper leaks in neoprene ice/surface rescue suits, such as Bailey’s, Stearns, and Imperial: It might be more cost effective to replace the suit rather than incur the high expense of zipper replacement on these suits. A good rule of thumb to follow before major repairs are done: Get price quotes for both suit repairs and suit replacement; then make your decision on which is more cost effective.

GENERAL SUIT MAINTENANCE:
CLEANING YOUR SUIT:

In an ideal situation, rescues would be done only in clean fresh or salt water. However, most times this does not happen and calls take place in contaminated water, and/or with oil and gasoline mixed in.

If the suit was used in NON-contaminated fresh or salt water, rinse the suit with clean water after each use. After every 6-8 wearings wash the suit with mild (Ivory) soapy water, rinse well, and dry completely.

If the suit was used in contaminated water, wash the suit with mild soapy water EACH time, rinse, and dry well.

Do not store suits that have not been washed- the contaminants will destroy the suit material.

Suits can be washed inside and outside. They MUST be dried thoroughly on both sides before storing. Turn suits inside out to dry the inside. An inside washing is a good idea every 6-8 wearings, as body odors can build up on the suit.

Neckseals, hoods, cuffs, and zippers should be maintained as per the previous sections.

SUIT STORAGE:

NEOPRENE SUITS: Preferred method of stoning neoprene suits is to hang them on large, wide-shouldered hangers with the zippers unzipped. If the hangers are too small or too narrow, creases will develop on the stress points on the suit, i.e. shoulders.

VULCANIZED SUITS:

Preferred method of storing vulcanized rubber suits is to roll the suit up and store in a bag.
After performing all proper maintenance and cleaning, close the zipper and lay the suit on a clean surface, zipper side down. (Folding the suit with the zipper closed prevents sand and grit getting into the sealing surfaces while the suit is being rolled.)

Take the boots, putting them together toes facing toe-to-toe, and roll toward the neck.
When you get to the neck area, place the arms one over the other folded to the center of the rolled suit.- Turn the suit over and unzip the zipper Suit is now ready to be stored in a clean, dry place, preferably in a storage bag.

Vulcanized rubber suits should NOT be hung. The weight of the suit on the hanger will destroy the material at the pressure points of the hanger.

To dry the suit, hang the suit at the waist over a wide surface.

LAMINATED SUITS: To store laminated suits, follow the same process as for the vulcanized rubber suits.
Suits should be stored away from gas and oil cans, away from areas of truck/car exhaust, and areas of motor exhaust. The ozone from electric motors and the fumes from automotive gas and/or diesel is detrimental to rubber.

Suits with gloves and zippers that leak; patches and holes that leak; cuffs, neckseals, and hoods with tears and dry rot should NOT be used until repaired. If you are in doubt about any aspect of your suit, check with your local service facility. A leak test will find any areas on the suit that need to be repaired.

Preventive maintenance on your suit is necessary after each use. Regular care ensures that your equipment will be ready for your next call.

Thanks Tom Hanna

Kathy Dowsett
www.kirkscubagear.com