There are lots of gears and equipment used in the diving industry. One vital gear is the diver’s suit which can either be wet suit or dry suit. A seemingly endless debate between the two types is ongoing. However, the bottom line depends on who will be using the gear. This article will highlight the differences and advantages of dry suits and wet suits.
The most prominent edge of a wet suit is its affordability. A fair wet suit’s price ranges from approximately 150 USD to 200 USD depending on the thickness of the fabric. Whereas an ordinary dry suit costs at least a thousand dollars.
A wet suit is much lighter to carry and can be easily worn while a dry suit is bulky, heavy and sometimes requires another person’s assistance to put it on and take it off. But once a diver is equipped with a dry suit and submerged underwater, the comfort is incomparable especially in cold waters.
When doing several dives a year, it is much more recommended to invest in a dry suit. In terms of maintenance and repair, dry suits tend to entail the utmost care. On the other hand, an easy DIY fixes will do the job for wet suits.
In the commercial diving industry, both types of suits are applicable and safe to use. Wet suits provide comfort, flexibility, insulation and protection from harmful marine animal attacks (e.g. jellyfish stings) while performing underwater works. Its lightness can help divers in emergency resurface situations when necessary. Only downside is the diver gets wet. It will be absolutely fine provided that the dive is short and infrequent. Otherwise, a dry suit will be much practical to use during extended deep dives.
When it comes to underwater welding, dry suits are commonly used because water can conduct electricity and can cause electrocution.
Although the choice of gear relies on the product user, he/she must take one important thing into consideration – safety.