When I am in a pool with my wetsuit teaching confined water diving my wetsuit bleaches out over time. Why is this and how do I prevent it? Are the pool chemicals to high or is it the material of the suit with the water? Thanks by Molly
It is normal that a wetsuit will become more pale with time when it ages. Under normal circumstances, in normal condition and when you take good care of your wetsuit this will take years.There are a few things that can accelerate this process. Things like sun (UV rays), heat, chemicals etc… One of the not so neoprene friendly chemicals is also chlorine. I suppose that the swimming pool where you dive is filled with chlorinated water and this is the reason for the bleaching. Chlorine is not that bad that it would ruin your neoprene the moment you wear it in the pool but over time, if you use your wetsuit in the poll all the time, it will leave consequences. Chlorine causes the neoprene to dry out and become less flexible and also pale. The best thing for your wetsuit would be – don’t wear it in the pool :). But I guess that is not an option so I suggest you wash your wetsuit every time you use it. Leave it soaking in fresh water for 20 or 30 minutes and then rinse it. This will wash away most of the chlorine and extend your wetsuits lifespan. Every now and then you can also use special wetsuit shampoo. Or maybe just have one wetsuit that you only use in the pool and another one for diving in chlorine free waters. Hope this helps.