There are two types of divers: Those that pee in their wetsuits and those that are liars.
Which are you?
Most divers don’t want to admit to this somewhat embarrassing behavior, but it’s hard to deny that simple logistics of coming up for a potty break simply do not make sense.
So, let’s bring this previously taboo subject to the forefront. It’s nothing to be ashamed about. Here are 3 reasons why you should not be embarrassed about peeing in your wetsuit.
1. Immersion diuresis – Immerse all or part of your body in water, and guess what happens? You will probably have to pee, even if you didn’t have the urge before getting into the water. Lower temperatures and water pressure cause the body to increase urine production, and as we all know, this will lead to the urge to hit the restroom. But when you’re all geared up and enjoying your dive, there are no restrooms to be had. You see? This is why divers pee in their wetsuits. That’s right. It’s science.
2. Warmth – Wetsuits work by trapping a small amount of water close to your body, which your body heats and then uses to keep warm. Peeing in your wetsuit adds warmth to the suit, if only in a localized area. In chilly waters, this can be a very welcome feeling. Is it gross? Well, yeah. But it provides warmth and relief that will allow you to get your mind off of “holding it” and on to the barracuda that just swam by you.
3. Convenience – It takes a while to gear up and get out into the water, right? Most dive boats don’t have bathrooms, so when you’re hitting the water, it has already been some time since your last bathroom break. Add to that your dive time and the amount of time it’ll take to get back to shore and you may be going quite a while without access to a toilet. Do you really want to tell your dive buddies that everyone has to cut their dive short because you have to get back to shore and use a restroom?
Of course, there are also some downsides to peeing in your wetsuit. The obvious one is that it is gross. As mentioned above, the wetsuit is designed to keep water close to your skin, and if you pee in that water, well, you get the gist. It also isn’t great for the suit itself. If you regularly pee in your wetsuit, you may find yourself going through suits more often than someone with more bladder control.
So, although there shouldn’t be any shame in peeing in your wetsuit, try to maintain some control. If you can hold it until you get back to shore, go ahead and do that. Your skin and your wetsuit will thank you.