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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

    7.5%
  2. I pee less

    53.7%
  3. I pee about the same

    23.9%
  4. My kidneys are a medical wonder

    14.9%
  1. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm envious for sure. I think for me just getting in the water and the webbing being tight I think about peeing...and then at some point I kind of have to pee...but even if I don't I'm still thinking about it. I'm just a mess in that department. BUT, being able to NOT think about it, or just let go when needed is amazing, at least to me.

    For me I do not want my diving to revolve around my bladder, so a p valve makes sense. I realize everyone's different though. I'm not trying to convince anyone to do anything different, just relaying what works for me. Again, I'm pretty envious of the guys that just don't have to go...
     
  2. JackOfDiamonds

    JackOfDiamonds Advanced Corn Hole Diver

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    I never pee during my dive, I just pee before hopping in the water and im good for the next couple of hours.

    So to answer your question, does not matter if I'm using my wetsuit, dry suit or simply a bathing suit. No pee.
     
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  3. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    On some dive sites though the bathroom is forever away. Like @ Dutch if you don't have a great spot you've got a little bit of a hike to get there.

    On other dive "sites" it's right next to the car:)
     
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  4. JackOfDiamonds

    JackOfDiamonds Advanced Corn Hole Diver

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    I personally never encountered a situation where I could not go to the bathroom.

    Every DC I've been to has at least a couple and if I'm somewhere remote with no DC than any bush is a bathroom :D

    For the ladies it might be a bigger issue if there aren't any organized facilities but personally I never had an issue.
     
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  5. lexvil

    lexvil ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Overall, a silly conversation (maybe my favorite kind here) you need to pee when you have to pee and this varies with each person and if you actively dive over several years it will also vary with you individually.

    I can drive 3.5 hours to Monterey, no stops, drinking coffee all the way, pee when I get there and suit up, I’ll drink while getting ready, my first concern is hydration, dehydrated even a little and my thighs cramp. I don’t think about peeing during the dive because I can just go as needed, like in a wetsuit.

    Not having a pee valve in a drysuit is unthinkable for me, for others they get weirded out over the thought of it, many of the same people get weirded out the thought of a crotch strap or unscrewing a hose on their regulator. Fear of the unknown, resistance to change are power things but you’ve learned to breath underwater! Now it’s time to learn how to be more comfortable while there so your mind is free to enjoy it.
     
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  6. ScubaSam

    ScubaSam Sister of Shenanigans ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I tend to do longer dives in my drysuit compared to my wetsuit so I do pee more when I'm diving in my drysuit.

    My She-P purchase was the best investment after my drysuit purchase. I am able to stay hydrated without worrying where the closest bathroom is or if I'll make it through the dive without peeing on myself.

    Pretty sure from now on, I'll think of your post whenever I look ay my Fourth Element Arctic socks. :rofl3:

    I was fortunate to have an extremely short learning curve that I no longer wear a Poise pad with the She-P because I don't have leaks.
     
  7. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I bought the Arctics to do longer more comfortable dives. I installed a p valve so I could do longer more comfortable dives, and I agree I drink more so I can feel better whereas before I was limiting how much for fear of having to pee during a dive.

    I LOVE being under, so anything that can make that last longer, or be more comfortable I'm all about it.

    I tell people all the time...."if you said I'd be wearing an external catheter to go diving a few years ago, I'd a said your crazy"....yet here we are.

    For anyone reading I would say just know it's a possibility to make a dive more comfortable. Obviously not needed, and everyone is different, but if you think you need it or want it then you probably do. It cost me less than $100 to install it and order a 20 pack of catheters...one of the best decisions ever...right along with dry gloves, the drysuit, doubles, and good thermals:)
     
  8. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Cave Instructor

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    I guess it depends on the person. What’s a 50 minute dive? Lol

    I won’t bother packing gear for a dive that short, or even double that time.
     
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  9. lexvil

    lexvil ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Tantric diving!
     
  10. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My wife says "addictive" or "obsessive"....but I like tantric MUCH better!

    All in the eye of the beholder!
     
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