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Do you pee less with drysuits than with wetsuits?

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by DANDM, Oct 13, 2020.

Does your pee volume change with drysuits?

  1. I pee more

  2. I pee less

  3. I pee about the same

  4. My kidneys are a medical wonder

  1. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    I don't drink anything before diving or during intervals and have never had to pee during a dive. Merry says I have a super bladder because I sometimes go 8-12 hours without having to pee.
  2. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    I didn't vote because it's hard for me to say. It might be a little less in a drysuit, or the same; it's certainly not as much less as I had hoped.

    In a wetsuit, I don't even try to hold it. Nor do I think about how much I'm drinking and when, relative to the dive. When I dive dry, I avoid coffee (which is hard for me, especially with those early-morning boat dives) and I just take little sips of water at a time. I also make sure to use the bathroom right before gearing up and during each surface interval. If I were this diligent to avoid peeing in my wetsuit, I might be equally successful. But part of the appeal of the wetsuit is that I can drive an hour to a beach with no bathroom, chug an entire travel mug of coffee on the way, and only have to hold it till I get past the breakers.

    At some point, especially if I want to go tech, I'm going to have to give some consideration to a She-P. ::Shudder.:: You boys are lucky.
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  3. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    I LOVE my p valve. If anything, I am @MaxBottomtime arch nemesis. If he can hold it for 8-12, I bet I go 4-5 in a 2 hr dive.

    It's not just having to go either, if I'm diving and I'm thinking about peeing it really takes away from the dive. The ability to let go during a dive and get back to diving is one of the best decisions I ever made to do to my dry suit. Fairly easy straight forward install.

    In my defense I do try to stay fairly hydrated.

    I can't imagine what my life will be like as I get older. I may have to wear a catheter everywhere I go...

    After 4 or 5 dives, doing a catheter is pretty easy.
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  4. Dark Wolf

    Dark Wolf Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW Missouri
    I didn't vote on the poll. It has been nearly 12 years since my last wetsuit dive, so I just don't have an "apples to apples" comparison.

    That being said, I agree with rob.mwpropane, I love having the valve. I drink what I want, when I want, and don't give it a second thought.

  5. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Just do it now. There can be a bit of a learning curve. I will say that Fourth Element Arctic socks are great at absorbing leaks that have gotten that far down!

  6. JoeFriday

    JoeFriday Photographer

    This poll seems to be not specific enough.

    Wetsuit / drysuit: during the day I feel no urge to piss myself.

    Around 3am, the jury claims a significant chance of excess liquid...
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  7. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Port Orchard, WA
    NOTHING makes me have to go faster then getting in the water for "just a short dive" without a catheter on
  8. Tribal

    Tribal Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Belgium
    I never did pee in a wetsuit but I’ve had a few very uncomfortable dives where I did have the feeling I had to pee and had to hold it for like half an hour or more.
    In do 90% of my dives dry, use a catheter if it gets longer then 90 minutes but rarely have to use it.
    Diving dry it’s less for sure
    drk5036 likes this.
  9. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    Could not agree with this more. Went diving Sunday. Catheter didn't feel right gearing up so I went to change it out....no spares. Ok, no problem, I'll just dive without. Not ONCE but TWICE in 2 hours i came FLYING out of the water to go. AMD the worst part is I need to be unzipped....so my buddy has to come with.

    NEVER AGAIN. Bought another bag same day, will always have spares now.
    Dark Wolf likes this.
  10. Edward3c

    Edward3c Instructor, Scuba

    I've been diving a drysuit since 1993. No P valve, but I did have a P-zip fitted to one which rarely got used so not bothered on the last 2 suits.

    Last Saturday I did 2 x 50 minute dives with an hour surface interval, with coffee, then drove 30 miles before needing the restroom.

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