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Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby chris oak » December 18th, 2016, 9:43 pm

I know this is an odd question :bowrofl:

I often dive alone and have been having the same problem everytime in a 7mm suit but not a 5mm suit (I believe it's because the 5mm suit is thinner and stretchier). When I'm taking off the top beavertail skin in suit I usually grab the beavertail and throw it over my head and then grab it and wiggle out. I know you aren't supposed to do it this way but I still do it. About a year ago I noticed that the suit is consistently getting stuck behind my shoulder blades.

Now here's the weird part. I lost about 25 pounds recently and thought for sure the suit would come off easier. Nope it's still stuck behind the shoulder blades. If someone is with me it's easy for them to pull it up from the back and then I can pull it off. I'm pretty lean at 155lbs 5'11. I was thinking I could relube before I take the suit off but man what a pain in the ass.

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in this demonstration the girl puts pressure on the suit when she rolls it up. I can do that in a 5mm suit as well but a 7mm is way to restrictive than that.

Any ideas?
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby Bill McIntyre » December 19th, 2016, 7:50 am

That reminds me why I wear a one-piece suit. I don't do well pulling off the top of a two-piece.
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby Nate Baker » December 19th, 2016, 8:52 am

That's pretty odd, Chris. First of all, where did you find 25 pounds to lose?

Is it actually catching on your shoulder blades or somewhere else when it gets to the level of your shoulder blades? Don't your shoulder blades pretty much disappear when you roll your shoulders forward?
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby chris oak » December 19th, 2016, 9:36 am

It came off my gut, I dropped from a 34 to a 32, I noticed my neck dress shirt size decreased as well.

It seems to be catching below my shoulder blades. In all the videos I've seen the guys roll up the suit, put their arm under the folded part and slide it off. I notice they are wearing a 3mm suit most of the time. I can do it in a 5mm, but even in a super stretchy 7mm I can't really stretch it enough to clear. I thought it was because I tore my rotator cuff, but now that its been fixed it still happens. I just bought a brand new 7mm suit and dropped a size to a M so it's a bit snugger (the size L in the same suit always had a loose area in the back that would fill up with freezing ass water) and it was a bit difficult to slide out of and took a few tries.

Everytime I'm getting out of the suit by myself I keep my dive knife close by in case I get stuck midway and have to cut myself out. "Diver apparently asfixiates himsself on a shoredive, news at 11". Or worse yet, "in a strange story a man is found dead on the side of the road in an apparent gimp suit gone wrong..."
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby Schwaman » December 19th, 2016, 4:14 pm

how the girl does it in that link, is the only non-destructive way to do with an open cell / smooth skin wetsuit. And we do have to poor soapy water inside and out on the suit.
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby Avenues » December 19th, 2016, 4:19 pm

I've always done the tucked arm method after watching my buddy tear his suit apart pulling from the beaver tail.
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby Kwtony » December 20th, 2016, 3:40 am

Schwaman wrote:how the girl does it in that link, is the only non-destructive way to do with an open cell / smooth skin wetsuit. And we do have to poor soapy water inside and out on the suit.
check this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJs0Qld4dOI

as a special treat, there is a pissette on that video for you to enjoy B)



Im not sure if it was the seductive music or that speedo, but my roommate just walked in the office while this was playing, she gave me a reeeeeeeeally strange look and walked away shaking her head...
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby John Hughes » December 20th, 2016, 9:03 pm

Kwtony wrote:
Schwaman wrote:how the girl does it in that link, is the only non-destructive way to do with an open cell / smooth skin wetsuit. And we do have to poor soapy water inside and out on the suit.
check this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJs0Qld4dOI

as a special treat, there is a pissette on that video for you to enjoy B)



Im not sure if it was the seductive music or that speedo, but my roommate just walked in the office while this was playing, she gave me a reeeeeeeeally strange look and walked away shaking her head...


hahaha

I have the same problem Chris. I figure it would be easier if I didn't wash all my lube out with my constant urinating during the dive. I love to marinate and I'm not really willing to give that up in the process so I guess I'll keep struggling. :)
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby chris oak » December 20th, 2016, 10:13 pm

I gave it a try after watching that video. I can't put one arm inside it and pull it from the top, a 7mm is too tight. But by putting both arms inside and pushing it came off, I'm not sure if it's because the suit is brand new and super stretchy so only time will tell.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys.
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby phil herranen » December 21st, 2016, 7:54 am

To get my suit off I roll it inside out as far up as I can then flip the tail ip.and use the tail to let me grab the suit at the base of the tail and pull up , sometimes I have to jump and wiggle a little but it comes right ip and off .
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby dam » December 22nd, 2016, 10:40 pm

Being a portly fellow, I struggle to get out of my suit as well. Whatever method you choose, adding lube helps a lot!
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby batt » December 24th, 2016, 5:00 pm

After you roll it up dip a little water in. A lot of water is better. On a beach dive just kneel and scoop. On a boat a bucket or even your mask to add water. You still need to get your elbow in though.
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby phil herranen » December 24th, 2016, 5:28 pm

batt wrote:After you roll it up dip a little water in. A lot of water is better. On a beach dive just kneel and scoop. On a boat a bucket or even your mask to add water. You still need to get your elbow in though.

I never put my elbows in the fold , I pull it up over my head then pull my arms out last
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby Neptonics » December 26th, 2016, 2:26 pm

Chris,

It might have been mentioned in a post above but have you tried pouring a little lube down the back of your neck before removing? Also do you do it while standing upright or bent over? Sometimes when you're at a little less than 90 degrees it'll slip off easier.
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby chris oak » December 26th, 2016, 3:19 pm

Neptonics wrote:Chris,

It might have been mentioned in a post above but have you tried pouring a little lube down the back of your neck before removing? Also do you do it while standing upright or bent over? Sometimes when you're at a little less than 90 degrees it'll slip off easier.


No but I noticed that when my suit had extra soap in it, it definitely slipped off easier. It seems like doing the push with one arm under the folds and pulling with the other is working out, I got out of my new wetsuit both times in the last few weeks :).
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby Neptonics » December 27th, 2016, 2:57 am

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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby growingupninja » January 10th, 2017, 2:30 pm

I usually have to do a full exhale whenever I am taking the top off any suit. Videos of people taking off open cell/smoothskin suits aren't very relevant unless that is what you wear, those suits are so much more flexible than lined suits, and of course are delicate as well.
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Re: Getting out of a beavertail wetsuit

Postby db1 » May 12th, 2017, 7:18 pm

Funny i was just thinking about this today when I got out of mine.. someone told me a trick of filling the first fold with water before you pull it up over your torso. Can't remember who it was, but it works well. I have a shower where I often dive which makes it easy... but I guess you could do it by squatting down in the ocean as you go to pull it off.

And yeah, I'm with kwtony... that video is for some weird ASMR wetsuit-porn peeps. That creeped me out! I gotta go snuggle up to my wife asap! :ugh:
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