How To Be An Icelandic Drysuit Diver

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Let’s face it. Drysuit diving in Iceland isn’t easy. The water is cold as f**k! There’s a lot to think about, especially when it comes to the equipment. In this video you’ll see David Ramsay and Kevin Martin from Magmadive getting dressed inside drysuits, then at the end, testing some underwater sea scooters.

Don’t forget guys and gals, the basic up-keep of your drysuit’s zipper is important and prevents you getting wet! Wax and lubricate your drysuit’s zipper every single time you dive – seriously! Most tropical divers that visit Iceland bring the wrong gear. Don’t let it happen to you! Prevent o-ring blow outs and free flow. Instead, use a cold water regulator with DIN setting to a scuba tank (DIN which stands for Deutsche Industrie Norm).

Don’t listen to what everyone tells you! Except when it comes from the horses mouth. It’s better to understand the fundamental differences between using a bcd vs. drysuit for buoyancy control underwater, before you start pressing buttons like a kid playing x-box. Also, on the subject of air…Check out the action man doll that clearly demonstrates the simple rules involved with a drysuit diver’s body position. ‘It’s just basic gas physics’!

When a diver has a low out of air situation, having short hoses and cumbersome clips can be a nightmare. Compromise is not an option. Become a smarter more intelligent diver…David’s talks all about the ‘Hogarthian’ long hose set up designed by William “Bill” Hogarth Main, a famous American cave diving pioneer. So simple, but so effective!

If you don’t like cold wet sad hands then switch to the dark side, get some dry gloves. Get the inside scoop from Kevin on using dry gloves with some of the pro’s and con’s that come with diving in cold water. For him, the feeling of being damp is intolerable.
There’s more to being warm than just padding! It’s more to do with layering the heat and trapping air. Watch David don a base layer, mid layer and outer layer that are worn beneath a 7mm neoprene drysuit. Don’t take your extremities for granted! Check out the super long, extra thick stretchy merino wool socks that cover the heat zones of his ankle areas.

Next the drysuit, the most vital piece of kit for cold water exploration. Watch as David dons a bog standard 7mm neoprene drysuit from start to finish showing how to enter the wrist and neck seal correctly without damaging the seals. Then, demonstrates how to close a rear entry drysuit zipper from left to right holding with one hand and using the other to draw the zip across smoothly and slowly, making sure to tuck in undergarment fabric worn beneath.

Finally, before disappearing into Iceland’s greatest lake, he’s vents the drysuit from a standing position before diving to remove all excess air for smooth a controlled descent. He then fully opens the drysuit’s deflate valve for a ‘hands free’ mode used underwater.

Rating: 4.85

  1. Marc van Heugten says

    only one valve in iceland with a drysuit?

  2. Pearly Kick says

    Great video. Weirdly I have came across it as I research my next drysuit… and the two brands I am looking at are Aqualung (Apeks) and Waterproof. Also weirdly, I carried out a DPV dive many, many years ago. I was waiting for my buddy on the seabed and it jammed on unexpectedly and shot me to the surface (holding it by it's handle on the nose!). Wouldn't turn off (leaky seal)!

  3. Haakon Brenna says

    1. Layers are important, good stuff (especially wool)
    2. Babypowder helps the wristseals slide over skin easier
    3. Warm water in the wet gloves helps postponing cold hands
    4. I respect your view on bouyency control but I don't agree. You have to compensate (fill the suit on your way down, empty the suit on your way up) anyway to prevent squeeze or air leakage from neck/wrists. Controlling one valve will always be easier than controlling 2. The legs up "problem" will always be there when using a drysuit, but fairly easy to avoid.

  4. Ms Tek says

    Hi. 😉

  5. Sintergott21 says

    only one first stage? Wouldn't it be safer with a second ? Greetz from Germany

  6. PackChoi says

    What kind of wax is that? Does it have a special name or is it just like beeswax?

  7. Reaper says

    After another year of diving I came across this vid again, just popped in related. Not seeing anything new from you David, how's it going?
    And there's a few words I want to say about things you've mentioned. First: A-clamp problems. There's no difference between Yoke or Din regs but the fact that Din can handle more pressure, that's it, period. If there is O-ring blowing out, it's wrong assembly or broken o-ring. Second: sticking to your dry suit for buoyancy is actually a right thing to do. If you are not overweighted, you will be able to control your buoyancy and be warm at the same time without adding lots of air. By using your wing or bcd while dry suit diving you just add another critical device you need to control, it's a very bad advise.

  8. Morten pettersen says

    Hey! I have seen all off u videos and i love them. but i see u dont use a computer. Why do you dont use that?

  9. Luke Evans says

    Reading a few comments they go on about the long hose and The way your doing it is right however you need to sort out the hose length I noticed on the back up hose you use a octopus hose, it doesn’t need to be that long it’s only for you and the hose can cause entanglement it should be either a 22” or 24” hose.

  10. Lulu Gutierrez says

    Can you share your equipment and dry suit brand?

  11. Dave George says

    I ruined my wetsuit zippers, forgot to rinse off the ocean water took about 4 years in the closet! Zipper just turned to flakes.

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  13. Charles Graves says

    Respect your videos. This is good work! And looks like a dream

  14. TV2016CHANNEL says

    "female end" huehuehue #somature

  15. 97Arran says

    Are you related to Bear Grills? I hate Bear Grills……Gringy! Haha.

  16. actorzone says

    Not a diver, just looking at your video which is very good and informative, so why are the zips made from metal that corrode? why not quality stainless steel or nickel plated brass, or other metals that resist salt corrosion, I cannot see why manufacturers use metal that corrodes on vital equipment.

  17. Primus 777 says

    Fantastic video Guys. Respect!

  18. Justin J says

    Your awesome. I learned so much from your videos. I would love to dive with you someday.

  19. wortjaeger says

    Knowing the water is very cold (below 6C?) why are you guys diving with only one first stage? Nice vid, good tips!

  20. David Rooer says

    loved the video but loved Todd greys frustration even more!! poor tod did he ever get to know why no I mesh lining?? hahaha

  21. Eoin Mannion says

    Great vid.  Love the wing set up.  Any advice on how I should go about getting set up like that? I've only 60 dives and  have dived using BCD jackets only. Would really like to start investing and building a good BCD set up. Any recommendations? Thanks for the helpful videos.

  22. Todd Gray says

    why don't u use inner mesh lining?

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