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Solo diving and back-zip dry suit?

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by IceCube, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. off the grid

    off the grid Divemaster Candidate

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    Hook a carabiner to the zipper lanyard, take a short rope with a loop in the end, connect it to the carabiner, loop the rope thru anything higher than your shoulder ( car roof rack, tree branch, etc.) hold the end of the rope with opposite hand, pull tight and then turn till the zipper closes, disconnect biner and rope. You want to run the rope thru somthing higher so that it can pull the drysuit up and away from clothing so it doesn't get caught up in your under garments.
     
  2. porgyhunter

    porgyhunter Solo Diver

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    Get in it at the shopping mall And crank the A.C. Done it. The **** we do to dive.
     
  3. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
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    I used a short (8") leash and looped it around a chain link fence, post or anything else about the right height, then rotated into it. I have also closed my truck door on the leash and did the same thing. After a couple of years I got in the habit of just reaching around, grabbing the leash and pulling it myself.
     
  4. IceCube

    IceCube Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Bossier City, LA
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    Thanks everyone for your responses. I did figure out how to zip it up myself. Two nights ago I tried the truck tailgate handle on my Ford explorer, but the handle was too low. Instead I just used my hands. If the zipper was outside my shoulders, I'd grab the sleeve of the suit with the same-side hand as best I could with the other arm behind the head pulling. As long as I was in a muscle flexing pose, there was enough tension to get the zipper moving. Once between the shoulders I just grab the zipper with one hand and the track with the other.

    I should have figured this out sooner, but I was worried by the manufacturer's warning not to zip it up yourself. If the zipper breaks, a front-zip from DUI will be the "repair."
     
  5. craracer

    craracer Solo Diver

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    I just bought a Diving Concepts, front-entry suit. I thought I was high on the hog.....front zip and all:D

    As it turns out, I actually need more help getting into this than my rear-zip suit:shakehead:
     
  6. jscott099

    jscott099 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Branford, FL
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    I was testing out a new dry suit a few years back diving solo; no no pee valve. I am hear to tell you that when you are properly motivated by the morning coffee, you can unzip and rezip a back zip dry suit.
     
  7. sylpha

    sylpha Solo Diver

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    Location: England
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    get a boat & a mate who likes diving, one mans the boat the other dives.
     
  8. seahorsey

    seahorsey Instructor, Scuba

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    Location: Deadman Valley, BC ( 100 km from Kamloops)
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    Funny you guys should say that, might be some truth to it - I've been thinking lately I'm like a grizzly mom: my husband knows better than to ever get between me and my diving :).
    Would also explain the unwanted hair.
     
  9. Reku

    Reku Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Great Lakes + Northern Florida + Marsh Harbor
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    hook the zipper to your car mirror and roll the other way.
     
  10. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

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    This tool has served me well. It isn't design for dry suits I got it on a pet store, not sure exactly for what type of pet.
    I wonder why there isn't tools for this task readily available everywhere they sell dry suits.

    Even if I wasn't a solo diver I wouldn't depend on a buddy to get in and out of my suit.
     

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