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Drysuit urine management survey - men

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by 2airishuman, Nov 13, 2018.

What is your usual strategy for managing urine while using a drysuit?

  1. Condom catheter with P-valve

    82 vote(s)
    58.6%
  2. Condom catheter with collection bag

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  3. Adult diaper

    9 vote(s)
    6.4%
  4. Medication to reduce urine produciton

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Uretheral catheter with either P-valve or collection bag

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Urinal-type products with either P-valve or collection bag

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Plan dives so that urination during the dive is not necessary

    48 vote(s)
    34.3%
  1. Bert van den Berg

    Bert van den Berg Solo Diver

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    Sympathise with those who are underwater for extended periods of time.
    I dive dry and have had cancer surgery that left me slightly incontinent. Relieve yourself before diving and use an incontenence pad works well for me. Don't let anything stop you from doing what you love!
     
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  2. naui_bigfoot

    naui_bigfoot Angel Fish

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    Wow - i had no idea of catheters. As a newbie I always wondered about whether guys just let it flow in their suits under water? Pardon my ignorance but is that not good for the environment if you do #1 in your suit? After my certification i guess ill have to get one of those catheters. I'm the type of person that if im around water long enough i automatically feel like peeing. Good topic.
     
  3. Seaweed Doc

    Seaweed Doc Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Seattle, Washington State, USA
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    With a p-valve/catheter setup in a drysuit, sure.

    In terms of environmental damage, it's pretty minimal. Fish are peeing all the time, and there aren't that many divers. That said, there are some at least theoretical issues. Mostly, you're adding a source of nitrogen (urea) to the water. That can feed algal blooms. Where I live, it won't make much difference at most sites because there's plenty of nitrogen in the water. In Florida (or other tropical locales), I suppose it might if enough people were peeing in the water. But it would be a really local effect, as in right on the dive site and nowhere else. Urine (unlike feces) is generally pretty sterile, especially from men. (Women are more prone to UTI, so there's a greater risk of lack of sterility there, and I don't want to think about how things work with a she-p in terms of bacterial exposure.)

    On the other hand, with wetsuits there's an old line about 2 kinds of wetsuit divers. There are those that will say they pee in their wetsuit, and those that will lie about it.
     
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  4. BikerBecca

    BikerBecca Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco
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    You guys are lucky. You don't have glue anything to your privates.
    Home
     
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  5. Tribal

    Tribal Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Belgium
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    There is glue on the condom catheters. I only recently started using a p-valve and believe me when I say it’s pretty scary :).
     
  6. CAPTAIN SINBAD

    CAPTAIN SINBAD Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Woodbridge VA
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    My personal strategy is not listed so I will mention here. Take the suit off, pee and put it on. Simple.
     
  7. ajduplessis

    ajduplessis Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: dry land :-(
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    Using a pvalve and hydrate before, during and after dives. Relaxed, stress-free diving with much longer runs. Win-win on all fronts...
     
  8. seeker242

    seeker242 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pompano Beach, FL
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    Pretty scary if you're hairy? :rofl3:
     
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  9. michael-fisch

    michael-fisch Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Germany
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    You're only hairy the first time.

    Michael
     
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  10. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC Divemaster

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    Location: United States
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    Manscaping is a requirement...... That glue sticks really well, and an errant hair can make for an incredibly uncomfortable experience.
     
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