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Scuba diving is an awesome sport and pass time but requires skills and knowledge it is highly recommended to participate in a PADI or SSI scuba diving course to enjoy the underwater world safely. PADI and SSI also offer other specialty courses including a drysuit diving course. And always dive with a buddy.

Drysuit Questions

Why dive in a Drysuit?

  • Drysuits are very easily and quickly donned and removed.
  • The warm and comfortable diver will be a clearer thinking one, & whose air consumption is likely to improve. Because the vital organs within the torso are warm, the extremities of hands and feet retain circulation and stay warmer.
  • The coldness encountered by wetsuit divers on repeat dives does not affect the Drysuit diver since the body’s core temperature of 37° C will not have been as affected by earlier dives as that of a wetsuit diver. Water conducts heat away from the body approximately 25 times faster than air. Few divers realise how important this thermal stress may be to their safety and performance. Even if you don’t feel the cold in a wetsuit you may be loosing heat to the water faster than it can be replaced.
  • When you begin to feel chilled there may actually be a safety risk.
  • A Drysuit offers the best, most cost-effective way for the diver toasty warm.
  • Most important – you keep dry and warm even after several dives.
  • You feel less windchill between dives as you havn’t been wet
  • After some practice you will find you have longer bottom time and use less air as your body isn’t using energy to keep warm

What's wrong with a wetsuit?

  • No thermal protection.
  • Allows water layer between the suit and the skin.
  • Body energy losses to heat this water layer.
  • High body heat losses through conductivity.
  • You get wet and cold.

Why should I buy an Oceandry Neoprene Drysuit?

We make our drysuits to a higher Commercial quality that makes them last so much longer than standard recreational drysuits. They are made from the best Yamamoto (Japan) neoprene, double Glued, stitched and fully hand taped on the inside seams, then extensively tested. We use quality neoprene rubber, layered with Titanium to retain warmth, covered externally with a tough wearing nylon (Kanoko), and plush lined on the inside.

Why should I buy an Otter membrane Drysuit?

Otter make one of the very best membrane drysuits available and with their manufacturing methods it will ensure you have trouble free diving. Their drysuits are made with high quality materials that will last, all seams are double glued, double sewn and double taped to give you absolute confidence in any membrane drysuits weakest area of all the seams.

How do I decide between a Neoprene or Membrane drysuit?

A Neoprene drysuit uses the thickness of its material to retain warmth within the drysuit where a Membrane drysuit requires much warmer clothing to be worn as there is no thermal protection with its material. It is a personal choice, you need to decide if you want to dive in just the clothes you wear when on a diving trip that you can do with a neoprene drysuit, or dress-up with special undergarments for the membrane drysuits.

What should I wear under a Neoprene drysuit?

In the warmer summer waters you can just have shorts and a tee shirt. In the colder winter waters a good track suit type clothing is okay.

What should I wear under a membrane drysuit?

In the warmer summer waters you can wear normal warm clothing. In the colder winter waters a good undergarment is necessary and even thermals under this.

Will I need to add extra weights to my weight belt?

It may help to have some extra weight handy for your first dry dive, but once you are used to controlling the air in your suit you will most likely find that you can drop some weight.  There is less total neoprene over your body in a drysuit, in a winter wetsuit you may have 14mm of neoprene  over your torso compared to 3-4.5mm with a drysuit.

What do I get with a new Oceandry drysuit?

The Drysuit, LP hose, zip lube, & an instruction booklet on how to use and maintain your drysuit.

How long is the warrantee with Oceandry drysuits?

A lifetime warranty workmanship and 12 months on individual components and materials and 3 months on zips. We are one of the few companies in the world that give this same warrantee to recreational & Commercial divers. (Most drysuit companies have a no warrantee period if used commercially).

Do I need to do a drysuit dive course before I use my drysuit?

It is recommended to do a PADI or SSI drysuit scuba dive course to learn how to use your suit and control your buoyancy by using the valves. If you are an experienced, confident scuba diver it will take a few practice dives to get used to dry diving, a lot of air is not needed you should only adjust the air in your suit for comfort and still use your BCD to control your bouyancy

How do I know what size I need?

Please refer to the size charts here for further information.

Quotes, orders & delivery

What is the try before you buy deal?

We have now introduced a big range of stock size suits for people to try dive in, to give them a real feel of what one of our drysuits is really like.  And don’t forget our neo suits are NZ made and backed up with our lifetime warranty on workmanship and local after sales service.

The charge will be $40 + freight, this charge covers some maintenance and a pressure test so we know suits are all good to resend out. The $40 charge will be refunded if a new suit order is made within 1 month from try dive.

Suits can be used for the weekend but need to be returned by Thursday of the following week in case they are re-booked.

Late returns will incur a late fee if suit is rebooked and cannot be sent away.

Suits we have available for try diving are:

  • Freedom front entry telescopic body M, L, XL, XXL,
  • Bravo back entry M, L, XL, XXL
  • Ladies Bravo based on dress size 8, 10, 12, 14
  • Otter tri laminate front entry suit size Large
  • Viking tri laminate front entry VSN (this is the stretchy trilaminate drysuit
  • Viking tri laminate front entry VTS

Sizing guides are available here

How do I get the best deal?

In order for us to give you the best deal possible we ask that you get in contact with us to discuss your requirements.

Commercial divers and Instructors please ask about the special rates we have for you.

How do I get a quote?

  • Please fill in the custom measure form for suit and wader orders. You can find the form by clicking here. If you need help get in touch with us here.
  • To ensure you take your measurements correctly please watch our video demos here for measuring for custom made suits.

How do I place an order?

Once we have quoted you can will need to confirm the order.

  • New Suit orders will be confirmed with a 50% deposit unless otherwise agreed by Oceandry
  • Small item orders will be sent when confirmed payment is receive

How do I measure myself for a suit?

  • To ensure you take your measurements correctly please watch our video demos here for measuring for custom made suits.

How do I know what size I need?

Please refer to the size charts here for further information.

How do i make payment?

  • Payments can be made by cash, cheque or direct debit.

What is the turnaround time?

  • 3-4 weeks for custom made suits
  • 1 week for stock suits
  • 4-6 weeks for non stocked suits

What is the delivery cost and time?

Freight is extra and not included in the prices. We quote per order.  Please allow 2-3 days for delivery.

What are your terms of trade and disclaimer?


In these conditions unless the context otherwise requires:

Company means [Oceandry Drysuits Ltd].

Buyer means the person, or company buying the goods from the Company.

Products and/or services mean the products and/or services being purchased by the Buyer from the Company.

Contract means the contract between the Company and the Buyer for the purchase of the goods.

Date of the contract means where the contract arises from a quotation given by the Company, i) the date of acceptance of the order by the Company; or ii) Where the contract arises from a quotation given by the Company, the date upon written notification of acceptance of the quotation is received by the Company.

Contract price means the price of goods as agreed between the Buyer and the Company.

Person includes a corporation, association, firm, company, partnership or individual. Quotation shall mean price on offer for a fixed term. Manager is the companies appointed decision maker.


The Buyer may request a Quotation from the Company setting out the price and quantity of the Goods to be supplied. If the Quotation is acceptable to the Buyer, the Buyer may place an order within an acceptable timeframe.


If any instruction is received by the Company from the Buyer for the supply of products and/or services, it shall constitute acceptance of the terms and conditions contained herein. Upon acceptance of these terms and conditions by the Buyer, the terms and conditions are definitive and binding.

4. Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions and any subsequent terms and conditions issued by the Company shall apply to all orders for the goods and the services made by the Buyer after the date and time at which these conditions are first delivered or sent by email or facsimile to, or otherwise brought to the notice of, any employee, staff member or representative of the Buyer. It shall be the Buyer’s responsibility to ensure that these conditions are promptly brought to the attention of the appropriate staff of the Buyer, and accordingly any order made by the Buyer after the date and time described above in this clause shall be deemed to be an acceptance of these conditions.

5. Price

5.1.The Price shall be as indicated on invoices provided by the Company to the Buyer in respect of products and/ or services supplied; or

5.2.The Price shall be the Price of the Company’s current Price at the date of delivery of any goods.

5.3.Time for payment for the products and/or services shall be of the essence and will be stated on the invoice, quotation, tender documents, work authorisation forms or any other work commencement forms. If no time is stated then payment shall be due on delivery of any goods.

5.4. The Buyer agrees that the cost Price shall be determined by the Company, and shall take into consideration “one-off” costs such as design and production.

5.5.The Company reserves the right to implement a surcharge for alterations to specifications of products after the order has been placed.

6. Payment, Late Payment, Default of Payment and Consequences of Default of Payment

6.1The method of payment will be made by cash, or by cheque, or by bank cheque, or by direct credit, or by any other method as agreed to between the Buyer and the Company.

6.2Subject to any provision to the contrary in the Contract, payment (being cash unless otherwise arranged in advance and confirmed in writing by [insert your name or employees name here] or his appointee) shall be received on or before the [insert day here – this is commonly between twenty and thirty days of the invoice date] of the month following the date of the Company’s invoice to the Buyer, which shall be issued promptly on or after delivery of the goods.

6.3 Without prejudice to any other remedies the Company may have, if at any time the Buyer is in breach of any obligation (including those relating to payment), the Company may suspend or terminate the supply of Goods to the Buyer and any of its other obligations under the terms and conditions. The Company will not be liable to the Buyer for any loss or damage the Buyer suffers because the Company exercised its rights under this clause.

6.4The Company shall be entitled to cancel all or any part of any order of the Buyer that remains unperformed in addition to, and without prejudice to any other remedies; and all amounts owing to the Company shall, whether or not due for payment, immediately become payable.

7. Cancellation

If you have made an order with us but would like to cancel it, give us a call and we will do our best to remedy the situation.

We may charge you a cancellation fee

Please note: If your order has already been shipped, that fee will be at your cost.

8. Governing laws

These Terms of Trade will be interpreted in accordance with applicable government legislation, which will have exclusive legal jurisdiction over any dispute in relation to the products and/or services or these Terms of Trade.

9.Dispute resolution

The Company will endeavour to resolve any dispute between the Buyer and itself without the need for Court proceedings. Any such attempt is without legal prejudice.

10. Reservation of title

Ownership and title of the goods remains with The Company until the purchased price and all other monies owing by the Buyer, under the contract or any other contract to The Company, have been paid in full.

11. Warranty

The Company warrants that it will repair or make good any defects in the goods, if written notice of the claim is received by the Company within seven (7) days from the date the goods were delivered. No claim shall be accepted under such warranty if any attempt to repair the defective goods is made by any person not authorised by the Company, or if the defective goods have been modified or incorrectly stored, maintained or used. If the Company elects to repair or replace any defective goods, such work shall be undertaken at such place as the Company may reasonably specify and the Buyer shall be responsible at its cost and risk for shipment of the defective goods to the place specified.

12. Liability

The Company shall not be liable for any loss of any kind whatsoever suffered by the Buyer as a result of any breach of any of the Company’s obligations under the contract, including any cancellation of the contract or any negligence on the part of the Company, its servants, agents or contractors, nor shall the Company be liable for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Buyer’s servants, agents, contractors, buyers, visitors, tenants, trespassers or other persons. The Buyer shall indemnify the Company against any claim by any such person.


Scuba diving is a dangerous sport, Courses are available through all good dive shops, do not embark without proper tuition first.

Make sure you know all fisheries regulations for your area and never take more than enough for a feed, leave some for tomorrow.

Care & Maintenance


What should I do after a dive?

  • At the end of diving the suit should be hosed off with fresh water.
  • Hang suit on a shoulder saver hanger out of direct sunlight.
  • When suit is dry, lightly dust latex seals with Oceandry French chalk

How do I care for my zip?

  • With zip closed lubricate the larger outer zip teeth with Oceandry Zip wax regularly
  • Lubricate the smaller inner zip teeth with BDM zip oil occasionally

What regular maintenance should I be doing to my suit?

  • The valves should be serviced by Oceandry annually to guarantee trouble free operation
  • The inflation hose should be rinsed after use and QD coupling occasionally lubricated with a light lubricating oil

What products do you recommend for maintenance?

  • Oceandry zip wax – Apply to the outer teeth of your zip.  Our zip wax contains a high content of Lanolin oil, the Lanolin lubricates the zip and the wax holds the Lanolin on the zip.  If you notice a build-up of old wax clean it off with warm soapy water and a toothbrush or nail brush.  Use in conjunction with BDM zip oil to keep your zip sliding smoothly and easily.
  • BDM zip oil – Apply to the inner teeth of your zip.  The inner teeth of your zip are the main seal of your zip, BDM oil has salt dissolving crystals to clean and lubricate the teeth.  How often you lubricate your zip will depend on how often you use your suit.
  • French Chalk – Use a dusting of chalk on Latex seals when clean and dry after diving to prolong their life.  Latex has a memory and in its original it is a liquid, it tries to return to its original form and this is why they get sticky and gooey as they age, the chalk helps neutralize this reaction.  Some people use talc for this purpose but there are extra additives, perfumes etc  in talc that will react with Latex, and aid in the breakdown of the seal, French Chalk is totally natural.  Some people also like to use French chalk to help when fitting seals.
  • Super Lube – A biodegradable lube to help your hands slide easily through your cuffs.
  • Basic Hanger – The wide shoulders of this hanger will help stop the shoulders of your drysuit compressing, also helps keep suit open when stored to ventilate and help get rid of any moisture.  Made in China
  • Deluxe Hanger – Drysuit hanger with extra wide plastic moulded shoulders and a stainless steel hook.  Made in the USA

How do I wash the inside of my suit?

  • Should the inside of the suit need washing it can be turned most of the way inside out and hung feet upwards and hosed down with fresh water – without water getting into the boots. The boots cannot be turned completely inside out.
  • Hang suit on a shoulder saver hanger out of direct sunlight.
  • When suit is dry, lightly dust latex seals with Oceandry French chalk.

How should i store my suit?

  • The suit should be stored on a shoulder saver hanger with the zip open.
  • Do not hang suit from the boots

How should I store my suit when travelling?

  • When travelling lay the suit on its back, ensure zip is closed, then it can be rolled up from the feet and the arms tucked into the folds. Only fold arms forward & ensure that the nipple of the inflation valve is in the 3 or 9 O clock position

What should I do if my suit is leaking?

Leaks are something wetsuit divers have not had to worry about. To a drysuit diver they are very important and they will occur from time to time.

  • It is recommended to send your suit to us for assessment when this occurs.
  • Should water be thought to be entering through the neck seal, it’s usually because the smooth rubber was not lying flat against the neck. For those with particularly hairy necks or wrists the problem can be solved by the application of a little Vaseline.

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