Survival/Immersion Suits

Things most people don't know about survival suits.

1. Never use any petroleum product on or near it. NOT the zipper.
2. Use wax, beeswax, candle wax to libricate the zipper.
3. Leave the zipper completely open, 1 inch from the bottom, never part way.
4. Older suits should have a handle put on near the base of the zipper
   to make it easier to pull the zipper up.
5. Liferaft repacking shops can usually do professional maintainence on the suits.
6. Suits should be stored for long periods, NOT in their carry bags, but hanging loose.
7. Creases in the material degrade the thermal protection. See #6, above.
8. Newer models have buoyancy tubes under the arms to keep the head higher.
9. Every suit should have a light, whistle, mirror.
10. Inspect suits at least once a year for rips or signs that water could leak inside. Repair as needed.
11. The neoprene material can turn powdery if exposed to excess heat and moisture. Such suits are unsuitable for their intended purpose.
12. Suits built before about 1980, are essentialy obsolete.
13. The date of manufacture is usually inside on the tag.
14. Old suits, lack zipper pulls (see #4), head or under arm pillows.
    Buoyancy pillows are a necessity in cold water areas
    (greater than 35 deg (N or S)).
15. Put plastic garbage bags(2), one in each leg. Put bags on your legs first, if you have time, will make entry into the suit much faster.
16. The suit is your last line of defense, to prevent your untimely demise. Take care of it.
17. Every one should try getting into their suit at least once a year. More
frequently with children.

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