Legacy Drysuit Owner's Manual

Legacy Drysuit Owner's Manual
WWW.AQUALUNG.COM
DRYSUIT
OWNER'S MANUAL
Table of Contents
Warranty......................................................................................................................3
Critical Safety Precautions.................................................................................4
Guidance & Warnings....................................................................................... 5-6
Donning a Back Entry Drysuit............................................................................7
Donning a Front Entry Drysuit...........................................................................8
Tuck Hood into Hood Dam..................................................................................9
Tuck Neoprene Seals.....................................................................................9-10
Adjust Ankle Straps............................................................................................. 10
Latex Seal Care......................................................................................................11
Fitting Latex Seals................................................................................................11
Exhaust Valve..........................................................................................................12
Inflate Valve & Low Pressure Inflate Hose................................................12
Folding Suit for Storage.....................................................................................13
Drysuit Zipper Care..............................................................................................13
Finding a Leak.........................................................................................................14
Repairing a Hole....................................................................................................15
Patching Ripped Latex Seals....................................................................16-17
Changing Latex Seals..................................................................................18-19
2
Congratulations on your drysuit purchase
Your drysuit has been designed to provide you with the highest degree of comfort and
convenience. Since 1956 we have been constructing suits with the finest quality materials,
design and production excellence. Our suits have a reputation for performance and
durability. Each drysuit is individually inspected and tank tested before it leaves our factory
to ensure the highest quality.
From time to time your suit, including its valves, zippers and seals, may require
professional service. If, for any reason, you suspect that service is required, or your suit and/
or its components do not perform as they should, then you should immediately discontinue
its use and have it evaluated and/or serviced at your authorized dealer.
A little effort goes a long way to keeping your suit in optimum working order. Please take
a moment to familiarize yourself with the care, maintenance and warranty information. If you
have any questions about your suit, please do not hesitate to contact your authorized dealer.
Warranty
Limited Warranty
Your drysuit is warranted for a period of (3) years from the date of original purchase to
be free from defects in workmanship, material, and seams. Warranty is valid to the original
purchaser and non-transferable.
The zipper and valves are warranted for a period of (1) year from the date of original
purchase from defects in materials and workmanship. Drysuit seals (wrist & neck) are
warranted for a period of 90 days from defects in material and workmanship.
Warranties do not extend to damages caused by normal or abusive wear and tear, fading,
misuse, improper trimming, negligence, or effects from chemical exposure. This warranty is
invalid if negligent or unauthorized repair procedures have resulted in damage to the drysuit.
Any product determined to be defective in material or workmanship will be repaired or
replaced at our discretion free of charge. Suit must be returned freight prepaid with proof of
purchase. Proof of purchase must be established to obtain warranty service or replacement.
3
Critical Safety Precautions
Important notice
This is not a diving instruction manual, nor does it eliminate the necessity for obtaining
professional instruction in the operation of a drysuit or having a diving certification. The
user is therefore advised to obtain such instruction as well as familiarizing him or herself
with the information contained in this manual prior to operation of any drysuit.
1 Complete a drysuit diving course from an instructor and stay current.
2 Always use a buoyancy compensation device (BCD)
when diving with a drysuit.
3 Know your equipment and emergency procedures.
4 Practice your drysuit diving skills under controlled conditions until you are fully
conversant. If diving in open water, consider using a shot line or the boat’s anchor
line to control your ascent.
5 If diving with a buddy ensure that he/she understands your drysuit system.
6 Use the correct amount of insulation for the water
temperature you are diving in and your exercise rate.
7 Don't weight yourself heavier than neutral buoyancy with an empty tank. Your
weighting should allow you to make a safety stop at an appropriate depth in
accordance with the decompression schedule in use.
8 Inspect your valves, zipper and seals for proper
performance before each dive.
9 Perform preventative maintenance and repairs on your suit and valves regularly, or
have them serviced by a qualified individual.
10 Know your limitations and do not exceed them.
4
Guidance
Guidance
&&
Warnings
Warnings
Warning
Use: This suit should only be used in conditions appropriate for this type of CE
certification, within user qualifications and in accordance with the regulations of the local
jurisdiction. The maximum operating depth limit is indicated by the CE standards for
certifying breathing apparatus (i.e. 50 meters).
Variation of Buoyancy: Improper use or misuse of this drysuit could result in the loss
of buoyancy control, including uncontrolled descents and uncontrolled rapid ascents,
which could result in decompression sickness, air embolism, drowning and death. The
presence of a volume gas inside the suit will be subject to the effects of compression
and expansion relative to the hydrostatic pressure. Inappropriate use of the inflator and
the purge could cause squeeze during the descent as well as a too-fast ascent, which
could result in a decompression accident. An undergarment used in combination with
this drysuit shall allow free passage of air between the user’s body and the deflation
device for proper exhausting and inflation. Do not use the drysuit as a lift bag. If you use
the drysuit as a lift bag and lose the grip on the object, you may become excessively
buoyant. This may result in rapid ascent. Rapid ascent is dangerous and may cause
air embolism or decompression sickness, either of which can result in serious injury or
death.
Inflation Gas: Introducing gas into the suit should serve only to control the internal
volume and so maintaining the thermal protection. Use of a drysuit will in no way replace
the need for a buoyancy compensation device (BCD). This suit is intended for use with
compressed air or with Enriched Air Nitrox (EAN) where the percentage of oxygen in the
EAN does not exceed 40%. Do not use any other gas or mixture for inflation of the suit.
Using any EAN with a percentage of oxygen exceeding 40% for inflation presents a risk
of fire and explosion. When using argon there is a risk of this gas getting into a full-face
mask and the breathing system through the hood. The effects of breathing argon are
more narcotic than nitrogen when under increased partial pressure.
5
Guidance & Warnings
Thermal Protection: This suit leaves only your face and hands in direct contact with
the water. The temperature of the water in which you will use this suit will likely require
that you also wear a hood and gloves. This suit offers some thermal protection but
may require an additional thermal undergarment with a thickness appropriate to the
temperature of the water. Several types of undergarments are available. The choice of
undergarment is influenced by the material used in the drysuit and the temperature of the
water in which you plan to dive. An inappropriate choice of undergarment could cause
hypothermia or hyperthermia. Only specialized training will give you the knowledge
required to make the best choice of equipment. Hydrostatic pressure will reduce the
thickness of the suit. Thus the thermal protection of the suit can reduce with depth.
Work Rate: Work rates will be influenced by choice of undergarment being worn and
water temperature. Too high of a work rate in conjunction with a thick undergarment and/
or warm water temperature could cause hyperthermia. Only specialized training will give
you the knowledge required to make the best choice of equipment.
Fitting: Reference the appropriate size chart for your suit to assist with selecting the
correct size for your body. It is important that you try on the suit in a specialized dive
shop offering you the advice of qualified and experienced staff. If you choose a suit that
is too tight you may experience squeeze problems during the descent. If the suit is too
big for your size you may experience problems of over-expansion that could cause an
uncontrolled ascent. Neck and wrist seals need to be adapted to the size of the diver.
Allergic Reaction: Some individuals may be allergic to contact with materials in this
suit such as latex or neoprene. If you suffer from allergies, consult a doctor before using
the suit.
6
Donning a Back Entry Drysuit
1 Unzip main opening zipper, don suit to waist and put on suspenders, adjusting them
for a snug yet comfortable fit. The suspenders should hold the suit up in the crotch.
2 Use thumb loops on undergarment to hold it in place and avoid bunching while
donning the sleeves. Push hands through the wrist seals, using your free hand to
expand the wrist opening.
3 Tuck undergarment thumb loops back under seal and into sleeve after your hand has
been pushed through the wrist seal.
4 Using both hands, stretch the neck seal over your head.
5 Have your dive buddy carefully zip the zipper up. Be careful that undergarments do
not get caught in zipper teeth as this will damage the zipper, resulting in leaks. If the
zipper does not slide smoothly, check for fabric in zipper path. Do not force zipper
closed.
* Use talcum powder or baby powder if the seals are too difficult to slide on. When
removing the suit, follow the same steps as above in reverse.
Warning: Avoid sharp objects (rings, earrings, fingernails) when donning suits with latex
seals.
7
Donning a Front Entry Drysuit
1 Unzip main opening zipper, don suit to waist and put on suspenders, adjusting them
for a snug yet comfortable fit. The suspenders should hold the suit up in the crotch.
2 Use thumb loops on undergarment to hold it in place and avoid bunching while
donning the sleeves. Push hands through the wrist seals, using your free hand to
expand the wrist opening.
3 Tuck undergarment thumb loops back under seal and into sleeve after your hand has
been pushed through the wrist seal.
4 Adjust suit on torso so neck seal and any slack rests on your left shoulder.
5 Using both hands, stretch the neck seal over your head.
6 Grab suit material beside the zipper with your left hand and pull suit down to allow for
a better zip angle.
7 Pull zipper closed with your right hand, being careful not to catch undergarments in
the zipper teeth.
* Use talcum powder or baby powder if the seals are too difficult to slide on. When
removing the suit, follow the same steps as above in reverse.
Warning: Avoid sharp objects (rings, earrings, fingernails) when donning suits with latex
seals.
1
2
3
5
6
8
Tuck Hood into Hood Dam
Some suits come fitted with a hood dam. Simply tuck your drysuit
hood inside the dam before your dive to minimize water flushing
between the hood and neck seal.
Tuck Neoprene Neck Seal
Grab top 1 1/2" to 2" of the neoprene seal and fold under all the way around neck seal to
create a smooth rubber seal against your skin.
A properly fitted neoprene tuck seal must be snug to keep water out. However a seal that
is too tight can be dangerous. Have your dealer check the fit on your neoprene neck seal
before your first dive.
When removing a suit with a neoprene neck seal, be sure to roll the seal out first so the
nylon is against your skin. The nylon surface will slide much easier against your skin and
hair than the rubber surface.
Warning: Neck seals that are too tight may restrict blood flow to the brain resulting in
serious injury.
9
Tuck Neoprene Wrist Seals
Take 1 1/2" to 2" of the neoprene seal and fold under all the way around wrist seal to
create a smooth rubber seal against your skin.
A properly fitted neoprene tuck seal must be snug to keep water out.
When removing a suit with a neoprene neck seal, be sure to roll the seal out first so the
nylon is against your skin. The nylon surface will slide much easier against your skin than
the rubber surface.
Adjust Ankle Straps
Some models of suits come with adjustable ankle straps. Ankle straps help slow air flow
into the boots. It is easiest to adjust your ankle straps before donning your tanks and weight
belt. Ankle straps should be snug, but not so tight that they are uncomfortable.
10
Latex Seal Care
Latex seals can be fragile. Avoid sharp objects (rings, earrings, fingernails) as they
may tear the seal. For lubrication use a food-grade vegetable based silicone spray in
a pumb bottle (avoid aerosol). Baby powder, talcum powder or cornstarch are other
great alternatives. Extended exposure to sunlight will damage the seal. Avoid contact
with petroleum based products such as lotions and petroleum based silicone lubricants
as they will deteriorate latex rubber. Make sure your seals are warmed up to room
temperature before attempting to stretch them as extreme cold may stiffen the seals.
Fitting Latex Seals
You may want to fine-tune the fit of your latex seals. If your seals seem too tight, they
can be trimmed to create a comfortable fit. Using scissors, carefully trim off 1/8 inch
at a time, checking the fit each time. You do not have to wear your suit during this
process, just slide one wrist or your neck into the seals to test the fit as you go along.
The seals should be snug but not tight. You may want your dealer to assist you in fitting
your seals.
Warning: Neck seals that are too tight may restrict blood flow to the brain resulting in
serious injury.
11
Exhaust Valve
Your drysuit is equipped with an
adjustable auto-exhaust valve, soft
touch inflate valve and a low pressure
inflate hose to allow the highest degree
of hands-off buoyancy control.
1 Rotate faceplate clockwise for
decreased venting.
2 Rotate faceplate counter-clockwise
for more venting. Pushing down on the faceplate will allow manual air release.
Check that your exhaust valve body is screwed hand-tight into the suit before each
dive. Check the exhaust valve faceplate setting before each dive.
If your valve is not working correctly abandon your dive and have the valve inspected
by an authorized technician.
Inflate Valve & Low Pressure Inflate Hose
1 Screw the low pressure inflate
hose into the low-pressure port on
your first stage. Do not use highpressure port!
2 Slide hose connector back to lock
hose into place over inflate valve
nipple.
Pushing the button center on the inflate valve will add air to your suit.
Important: Check that your inflate valve body is screwed hand-tight into the suit before
each dive. If your valve is not working correctly abandon your dive and have the valve
inspected by your dealer.
12
Folding Suit for Storage
With the zipper closed (except the last 3 inches) and suit facing downwards, roll the
suit starting at the feet working toward the neck seal. Loosely fold the arms together over
the body of the suit. The emphasis is on keeping the zipper from bending or kinking.
Store in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight and away from electric motors or fumes
(chlorine, diesel or gas). For transport, do not stuff your suit in a bag that is too small.
Important: After prolonged storage check the seals for cracking or loss of stretch.
Natural rubber components generally have a lifetime of 5 years before needing
replacement. Disposal: When your drysuit can no longer be repaired for safe use,
dispose of the garment in accordance with regulations within your jurisdiction.
Drysuit Zipper Care
Keep your zipper free of sand and debris by spraying with clean fresh water after
every use. Stubborn debris lodged in the zipper can be removed with a soft tooth
brush and mild hand or dish soap. When opening or closing a zipper, avoid catching
undergarment material in the dry zipper teeth. If zipper slider becomes jammed, do not
continue pulling. Back zipper up and clear debris or clothing. Do not force your zipper.
Keep your zipper lubricated. Lubricate metallic zipper teeth after each dive and plastic
zipper teeth every 4-5 dives. Do not use oil-based lubricants or silicone spray as they
can damage the zipper material.
13
Finding a Leak
1
3
5
7
14
1 What you need: mild soap, pop cans,
water container, tank, regulator, twine
and chalk.
2 Unzip the drysuit. From the suit
interior, loosen and remove the inflate
valve.
2 3 From the suit exterior, reassemble
and tighten the inflate valve. The valve
should be reversed with the inflate
button on the interior of the suit.
4 Turn the suit inside out.
5 Place pop cans in wrist seals and tie
snug with twine.
6 Gather the neck seal and tie snug with
4
twine.
7 Attach inflation hose to the tank and
inflate the suit fully by pressing the
inflation valve button
8 With suit inflated, pour water and soap
mixture over suspected leak areas until
hole is located.
6 9 Mark areas where bubbles appear with
chalk.
8
9
Repairing a Hole
Now that you have marked the leak with chalk
you can proceed to repair the hole.
1 What you need: dry adhesive patch
(available from your dealer), methyl ethyl
ketone/toluene/acetone/alcohol, paper
towel, hot air source (a good quality hair
dryer is adequate) and a pair of scissors.
2 Cut patch to desired size and shape.
Round off any points.
3 Liberally clean the area around the
hole with methyl ethyl ketone, toluene,
acetone, or alcohol. Do the same with the
patch.
4 Promptly apply patch over hole and press
firmly.
5 Using a hot air source, apply heat to
patch. Use extreme caution! Keep
moving the heat around and do not focus
it at any one point for an extended period
of time.
6 Press patch firmly with an object that can
withstand heat.
Caution: Patch may be extremely hot!
Let patch cool for 15 minutes and inspect
bond. Adhesive film should be bonded
to both surfaces. If bond is not secure,
repeat heat process and inspect
bond again.
15
Patching Ripped Latex Seals
16
Patching Ripped Latex Seals
1 You will need a Self-Adhesive Patch, scissors, masking tape, acetone, roller
(optional), heat gun or hot hair dryer.
2-3Realign edges of rip and secure with masking tape on the inside of the seal.
4 On the outside, clean the surrounding area using acetone.
5 Cut patch strip to extend one inch above and below rip and remove paper backing.
Clean adhesive side with acetone and position over rip.
6 Heat the patch well with a heat gun or hair dryer. Use extreme caution! Keep
moving the heat around and do not focus it at any one point for an extended period
of time.
7 Using a small roller or your thumbs, press patch firmly to ensure a solid bond.
Caution - latex will be hot!
8 Wait 15 minutes and inspect thoroughly. If bond is not secure, repeat heat process
and inspect bond again. Let set for 24 hours to ensure the best bond.
Note: If rip is no more than ¼” simply cut away with sharp scissors. Do not cut all the way around the seal as this may make the seal too large and may cause leakage.
17
Changing Latex Seals
18
Changing Latex Seals
Obtain a latex seal kit from your dealer. What you need: Latex Seal Kit, sharp scissors,
acetone (or similar product), clean cloth, plastic container (with the same circumference as wrist
or ankle opening of suit), hot air source (heat gun or hair dryer), small roller.
1 Turn sleeve/ankle/neck inside out and carefully cut off damaged seal (cut just below seam
created when latex seal was originally sewn to the suit, leaving 1/4" of the original seal).
2 With suit inside out, insert plastic container into wrist or ankle so a portion of the container
is exposed past the cuff edge (must be a snug fit). For necks, lay the opening over a large
ball.
3 Take a strip of the dry adhesive tape and remove the paper from one side.
4 Take your cloth, wet with acetone, and wipe clean the suit surface around the cuff
perimeter. Immediately after this, wipe the exposed adhesive on the tape strip.
5 Now wrap tape around edge of cuff. Use the heat gun to tack the tape in place as you
go around. As you make the full wrap, peel off final layer of release paper, and overlap
adhesive film so there is no exposed suit material on the cuff edge. Let cool before
proceeding.
6 Wipe acetone over the exposed adhesive film.
7 Now carefully lift and stretch latex seal over plastic tub and cover/overlap the adhesive film.
Have at least 1" (2.5 cm) overlap between seal and suit cuff.
8 Apply heat to seal at adhesive point. Use extreme caution! Keep moving the heat around
and do not focus it at any one point for an extended period of time. Don't melt a hole in your
suit!
Tip: Exposed adhesive film will go clear around top edge of seal when sufficiently heated.
9 Using a small roller or your thumbs, press the seal around the new connection to ensure a
solid bond. Don't burn your fingers!
10 Allow to cool for 15 minutes and inspect your bond with a good "tug". Adhesive bond
should be holding to both surfaces. If bond is not secure, repeat heat process and inspect
bond again. Let set for 24 hours to ensure the best bond.
19
Aqua Lung Canada Ltd
6820 Kirkpatrick Crescent
Saanichton, British Columbia
V8M 1Z9 Canada
t: 1.800.667.5449 f: 1.88.667.7247
www.aqualung.com
Version 09/05/14
Was this manual useful for you? yes no
Thank you for your participation!

* Your assessment is very important for improving the work of artificial intelligence, which forms the content of this project

Download PDF

advertisement