Deux combinaisons en Néoprène pendent sur une pancarte

It’s always the same thing when talking about the truth about neoprene.

I dive mostly in a dry suit because the climate wants this in my little Belgium and the surrounding area. And in my dry suit there is enough room 😉

But when I have to use my wet suit, 5mm or 3mm … I regularly feel that the neoprene has shrunk.

Oh, neoprene is not shrinking? These are really my extra pounds that prevent my body from slipping aesthetically into my suit?

I have to admit the truth about neopren.

The truth about neoprene can be surprising. Neoprene doesn’t shrink; it’s my body changing. Those extra pounds? They’re real. It’s not just the neoprene being uncooperative. Neoprene stays the same; it’s my body that fluctuates. Accepting the truth about neoprene can be liberating. It’s a reminder to embrace my body as it is. Neoprene’s properties remain constant; it’s my perception that shifts. Instead of blaming the material, I should focus on staying healthy. Neoprene doesn’t lie; it’s a matter of fit and comfort. Recognizing the truth about neoprene means taking responsibility. It’s about making lifestyle choices that support my well-being. Neoprene adapts; it’s my attitude that needs adjustment. It’s time to stop making excuses and start making changes.

Neoprene teaches me to be honest with myself.

It’s a reflection of my body, not an illusion. The truth about neoprene is empowering. It encourages me to strive for balance and self-acceptance. Neoprene isn’t the problem; it’s a tool for exploration. It’s up to me to wear it with confidence and pride. Embracing the truth about neoprene means embracing myself. It’s a journey of self-discovery and self-love.

And yes, we must face the obvious, the neoprene does not shrink.

If like me, sometimes you have a little too much appreciate the gargantuan summer meals or nibbled all the wonders with the aperitifs, it’s time to react.

1 The best solution

Quickly lose the pounds insidiously added to my body before they settle down for good: after all, you had not invited them
It is the opportunity to get back into shape by adopting a healthy diet and doing more physical activity (promised, I will choose this solution 🙂 ). This is beneficial for health and it improves safety during dives.

Good physical condition being a factor limiting the risks of shortness of breath, for example during the dive (and when you put on your wet suit)

2 Intermediate solutions

Use the tips and tricks to simplify the donning of the neoprene dive suit :

  • A few drops of soap (biodegradable) in a bottle of water and there you go. Pour a little on your feet and your legs and your body will slip easily into your wet suit.
  • The plastic bag : pass your foot in a plastic bag to make it fit easily. Do not forget to remove the bag before going diving 😉
  • Panty-style stockings : same effect as the plastic bag (but possibility to leave them during the dive)
  • Buying a new dive suit : after all, if the neoprene does not shrink, it will age and become less flexible. This may be the opportunity to invest in a newer wet suit especially if you are happy with your new weight.

3 The worst solution for avoid the truth about neoprene.

Stop the practice of diving until you can easily slip back into your neoprene dive suit ; the ostrich syndrome is waiting for you and the risk of not resuming diving activity is real.

Do not choose this solution and continue to dive !!!

I must admit that this summer made it less easy to put on my wet suit.

As of today I choose the solution 1

Who else is in my case ?

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