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To Pee Or Not To Pee

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by wadedeeper, May 17, 2010.

  1. FireInMyBones

    FireInMyBones Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Greenville, SC
    971
    20
    I made my own unbalanced pee valve from Ace Hardware. Johnny Richards told me how right after my Cavern class.

    Me too. I have no excuse not to stay hydrated.
     
  2. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
    17,124
    9,172
    Diving dry is not an issue it seems as much as when wet for me. TS&M posted a couple years ago about salt slowing down urinary output. Before diving dry I eat a couple bags of salty chips and can drink a couple bottles of water. As long as I "go" right before I get in I'm good for two hours or more. For some reason when diving wet it does not work as well. I do know that I will not be in pain, risk kidney or bladder problems, or be overly concerned about a little smell. Woolite for my merino suits works very well. I'd like to hear from a urologist about the risks of holding it too long and too often.
     
  3. Hank49

    Hank49 Solo Diver

    9,050
    6,165
    Is this a "which is first, the chicken or the egg" question? I always thought that being cold and wet MADE me have to pee. When I worked in Hawaii, harvesting the prawn ponds in a wetsuit in waste to chest deep water that was 19-24C temp, I would urinate about a gallon before lunch.
    In my hillbilly reckoning, I came to the conclusion that my body was dumping off excess water because of the energy it takes to keep that extra water warm. And to survive, keeping warm is more important in the short term than keeping hydratred.
    Same when I'm freediving for 3-4 hours. After the first hour or so, I get a little cooled down and I'll pee 5 times over the next two hours.
     
  4. Doc Harry

    Doc Harry Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Appalachia
    3,605
    828
    There are two kinds of divers:

    1. Those who pee in their suit
    2. Those who need psychaitric counseling because they don't pee on themselves
     
  5. piikki

    piikki Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Northeast USA
    1,393
    1
    Definitely not enough. There is a huge group that pees in their wetsuits but is very anxious about it. Or pees and is very anxious about why others won't :wink:
     
  6. emcbride81

    emcbride81 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Winchester, Virginia, United States
    602
    1
    After 84 dives, I have yet to pee in my suit. I have never felt the need. That may change one day, but as of yet my wet suits smell nice and neopreney.
     
  7. Aaron528

    Aaron528 Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    113
    2
    Please tell us where you managed to score a P-Valve for that low an amount. If I could get one reasonably priced I would definitely get it.
     
  8. ajduplessis

    ajduplessis Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: dry land :-(
    3,256
    836
    Recent interviews with surfers (shark attack victims) showed that the attacks happed within minutes of peeing in the water. How much truth this holds is unclear, but is enough for me to keep it in. I start drinking water 40 min before a dive to keep me hydrated, but more importantly to get me to pee before I kit up.
     
  9. carrielsal

    carrielsal Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Austin, TX
    1,690
    4
    It would be great if you could post how you did this.
     
  10. FireInMyBones

    FireInMyBones Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Greenville, SC
    971
    20
    I have the list of the supplies at home. Once I get back, I will post the list of items and then the construction I have done so far. I am waiting on a few condom catheters to ship in from Rochester.

    Johnny said that it works great, I have not used it yet. I will post again once I get to test it all out.
     

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