What Is a Survival Suit?

A survival suit is a dry suit that is designed to completely cover and protect the individual from the elements, such as extreme cold water and weather. These suits are issued to sailors and workers on a ship and are worn when a crew must abandon ship and use a life raft. The maximum time to don a Immersion suits is 60 seconds. Donning drills are common among crews and may be required to leave port.

Features
Survival suits are one piece. They cover the head, feet and hands to provide the maximum protection from the elements.

Survival Suit Myths
There is no “one size fits all.” If a suit is too big or too small, water can enter the suit. The best protection is as close a fit as possible. Donning a survival suit while wet doesn’t give better protection. Your chances of survival decrease by 50 percent when donning a wet survival suit.

History of Survival Suits
In 1869, Captain Stoner developed the first survival suit. It included a waterproof suit, head protection, a flotation device, a signaling device and paddles.

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Famous Ties
The Discovery Channel show “Deadliest Catch” popularized the survival suit. The crews often perform donning drills and have recorded emergencies requiring the use of survival suits.

Considerations
Ensure that the survival suit meets regulatory demands. It must have a flotation device and thermal barrier. An emergency locator beacon is highly recommended.

How to Repair a Neoprene Dry Suit

A neoprene dry suit, also known as an immersion suits, is used for many purposes. Kite surfers, board surfers, boogie boarders, scuba divers and even triathletes use these specialized suits to stay dry and protected in the water. Over time these suits develop cracks or tears, necessitating repairs. Everything from the seals to the fabric and the zippers needs to be checked and fixed if in disrepair. Repair your dry suit at home using household tools and materials, along with a neoprene patch kit.

Instructions
1
Wash and scrub down the suit and hang out to dry to get it clean before beginning the repairs.

2
Zip and unzip the suit at each zipper, checking for stickiness or catches in the zipper or ripped fabric along the closure mechanism. Pour some baking soda into the water bucket and wash the zippers down thoroughly with the baking soda/water mix. Rinse off after washing and zip and unzip to see if the corrosion or stickiness is gone.

3
Pull the sleeves and legs inside-out and inspect the seals at the hips and shoulders. Look for dry rot or cracks at the seams. Circle any cracks or tears at the seams with the white paint pen.

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Apply a healthy portion of the neoprene seam-sealer at each crack or areas of dry rot. Let the seam sealer dry, then fold the arms and legs back to their proper position. Wear rubber gloves when working with the epoxy/seam sealer.

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Look over the dry suit for any rips or tears in the body of the suit. If present, place the neoprene patch from the kit onto the plastic cutting board and cut an appropriate size patch of neoprene to go over the tear or rip.

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Brush off the area surrounding the tear with the patch kit sandpaper. This makes the surface porous and holds the epoxy. Apply a thick coating of epoxy/seam sealer to the back of the patch and place it on the tear or rip. Allow it to dry.

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Immerse the suit at the tears or seams to test the repair job for water-tightness.

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Life Jackets

A life jacket is a device that is designed to help a person float and keep his or her head above water in swimming pools, rivers or the sea. Life jackets are commonly found at swimming pools, airplanes, boats, yachts and large ships and are placed in locations that are easily accessible to passengers and crew members.

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It is equally important to wear a life jacket while participating in adventure water sports such as white water rafting. The life jackets are buoyant in nature, which means, they float in water without any action from the wearer.

Life jackets are usually made of tough synthetic fiber covering a source that provides buoyancy such as a chamber or air or foam. These jackets are available in bright colors such as yellow or orange, which help rescue personnel easily spot them in case of emergencies.

The earliest instances of use of life jackets can be traced to Norwegian seamen who used simple blocks of cork or wood to help a person float in case he fell overboard. The modern life jacket is said to have been invented in 1954 in the U.K., by Captain Ward, a Royal National Lifeboat Institution inspector. He fashioned a vest that used cork as a buoyancy device.

The various types of life jackets available include foam core, deep water, air chamber, underwater and specialized life jackets. Foam core lifejackets are usually the simplest and the least buoyant. Air chamber life jackets are used mainly on large transport vehicles such as aircraft and cruise liners. These life jackets are usually created of vinyl and encapsulate air chambers that can be inflated. They provide more buoyancy than foam life jackets. Deep water life jackets are designed for long term immersion in water. They are also known as wet suits or dry suits.

Underwater life jackets are used by deep sea divers to adjust their buoyancy while they are underwater. Specialized life jackets are used for adventure water sports like river rafting or kayak racing and are highly buoyant. Another sample of life saver outfit is the Immersion Suits.