We all know that tingle, the sudden urge to let it flow and a conflict brewing in our minds, WHAT DO I DO! TO PEE OR NOT TO PEE!
The call of nature waits for no one and when the feeling hits, it’s hard to distract yourself from anything else. Making for an unpleasant dive. Which is why it is pretty common to pee in your wet suit, every diver has done it atleast once and if they say otherwise, it’s probably a lie.
But the urge to pee during a dive and after may not always just be the call of nature. There is a biological phenomenon known as immersion diuresis, where our body is affected by the low temperature and high pressure underwater. Causing constricted blood flow to our arms and legs, resulting in an increased volume of blood sent to our central organs of the body such as the heart, lungs and large internal blood vessels. This in turn signals the kidneys that it’s time to let it flow!
It’s always recommended to hold it if you can but we understand the unrelenting urge to pee. So if you gotta go, you gotta go. Besides the relief from that great release, peeing in your wetsuit can help keep you warm for a while. It’s a gross confession but ask any diver, and they’ll be slightly embarrassed to admit it but they know what we’re talking about.
However, peeing in your wetsuits can damage it if no after care it taken to rinse it out thoroughly. Before ending a dive, take a plunge back in the water to give the wetsuit a quick rinse. This is important and gladly appreciated by everyone, as no one enjoys a boat that reeks of pee. You may have peed in the ocean, but the wetsuit sure seals in the scent. Once home, a bit of shampoo and warm water will do the trick.
And if you think drinking less water prior to a dive is the solution, not a good idea pal. Dehydration can increase the risk of decompression sickness and we wouldn’t want that. So whether you pee in your wetsuit or “not” , remember there’s no shame and rinse it well!
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