The better you look after your wetsuit, the longer and happier a life it will lead. Here’s how to keep your wetsuit in good condition.
"Make sure you stick something on the floor first to protect your suit from sharp objects on the ground. It could be a padded bag if you are in the hills – or I often grab the mat from the floor of my car. It's easily done, especially if you're cold and wet, trying to get changed in the rain without showing your bum to the nice people parked in a car opposite you." - Colin Hill, Ullswater Swim Place founder.
"My biggest care point is that I put my wetsuit on with care - both to avoid nail tears and stressing seams by yanking it up in the same way over and over again." - Kate Rew, Alpkiteer and founder of The Outdoor Swimming Society.
"I've read that rolling wetsuits to store them is better than using a hanger, but I hang mine in a kit cupboard on a hanger to avoid compressing creases into them." - Kate Rew.
"If you are swimming in the Lake District then you should always clean and dry your wetsuit between uses, especially if you are going into different bodies of water. This avoids spreading invasive non-native species" (there is an awareness program from the Lake District National Park called STOP THE SPREAD.) - Colin Hill
"I would definitely say that when you buy a new suit, it’s worth also investing a few pounds in some neoprene repair glue with patches. That way, if you do end up with a nick or tear, you can deal with it quickly and avoid it getting worse." - Colin Hill
If you feel that you’re unable to fix your wetsuit yourself, pop into a Repair Station in one of our stores or get in touch with our support team and we’ll see what we can do to help.
Water is cold; wee is warm. Weeing in wetsuits is completely understandable... if it's your own! Colin Hill might have a thing or two to say about you peeing in his hire suits!
"You may have heard of the old saying, 'there are two types of people: those who pee in their wetsuit, and those who lie about peeing in their wetsuit.' Well, whatever it is, it’s not good to hold in your pee for too long — sometimes you just have to go! (It’s worth pointing out that peeing in a hire wetsuit is considered bad form. If you do, make sure to give it a good rinse in the shower before returning, they will re-wash with mild detergent anyway, but still...)" - Colin Hill
There are conflicting reports on whether pee harms the seams and neoprene of your suit, but it sure can stink if you don’t wash your suit out. Rinsing your suit out between swims is pretty essential - all that accumulated pee and sweat can't do your suit any good!
Looking after your wetsuit properly means leaving it to drip dry. Yes. Even if it takes ages! Estimates assume that it can take between 6 and 24 hours for your wetsuit to properly dry. If you need to speed up the drying process, you can increase the ambient temperature of your room or add a fan. But don't put it in direct sunlight or in the tumble dryer!