|Swimming in the sea can be dangerous because of the cold, currents, waves, stings and deep scratches. Particularly small children are at risk. We soon discovered that these threats can be avoided by wearing a protective floating wetsuit. But it also had to be comfortable and easy to put on. So we designed our own unisuits in a great variety of sizes to fit slim 5 year olds to obese adults. Then we made them affordable to hire.|
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- 5 mm thick high quality stretchable neoprene
- full body cover, arms and legs
- frontal zip and leg zips. Very slim suits also have arm zips
- 32 sizes from very small to very large, very slim to very wide
- 5mm hood in 5 sizes to match, a must for the cooler months
- booties in 5 sizes for the cold winter months only
- for SCUBA divers we have full cover two-piece suits
Cleanliness We spend much effor in cleaning and sterilising all snorkel and dive gear
- minimal heat loss
- protection against cramp
- maximum flotation (3kg for small children -8kg for adults)
- full protection from UV radiation
- protection against stings from jellyfish, lice and other bites
- protection against scratches and wounds caused by rocks
Who MUST use these suits?
- mask, snorkels and mouthpieces are soaked in a concentrated bleach solution, then dried
- wetsuits are rinsed in an antiseptic soap bath, then dried
- all gear is forcefully dried overnight by a large dehumidifier to prevent microbes from forming cysts
What can one expect?
- people who are not strong swimmers or who can't swim at all
- people who are very thin and lose heat quickly
- people who come in the colder winter months Sep-Nov, Apr-Jun
- when waves add to the risk of swimming
- people whose skins are sensitive to sunburn
- In the summer months Jan-Mar, 2-3 hours in the water, enough to go around Goat Island
- In the cooler months Sep-Dec, Apr-Jun, 1.5-2 hours in the water
- In the winter months use our double suits consisting of long-john, jacket, booties and hood for 1.5-3 hours.
|Be safe rather than sorry!
People all too easily forget that they are swimming in the open ocean, in the Pacific Ocean, to be precise. This is not a pool or a lake, as one faces the massive forces of currents, swell and waves. Mishaps such as cramp, can then become fatal. One can be swept over a rock with serious lacerations to exposed body parts.
Remember, experienced snorkeldivers will never enter the sea without a protective suit!
On Christmas day 2008, a
young Asian man drowned while not wearing a protective suit, even though
he was advised to wear one.
|Good news for schools
The safety suits protect your children more than any other safety measure (like having more adults in the water) while giving them a pleasant experience, necessary for observing the underwater world. They can also stay much longer (typically 50-70 minutes). Another major advantage for the school's budget is that schools can take advantage of the discounts offered for terms 4 (Nov, Dec) and 2 (Apr, May). There is also a significant discount for schools who visit us for the first time, in terms 4 and 2.
|Important message for schools
We notice that some schools enlist the help of casual operators who invite to experience marine reserves or to discover Goat Island, or other operators. We notice also that school children are inadequately dressed and protected and we wonder why schools have such disregard for the childrens' total experience:
|Good news for people who cannot swim!
Our safety suits have become popular with Asian communities, by people who have never been able to swim, and who have always feared the water. Dressed in our floating wetsuits, they learn to swim within ten minutes! All they need to learn is to trust the wetsuit's flotation and all they need for swimming is to kick their flippers. Suddenly there are no limits to where they go, and soon they can begin enjoying the magical underwater life. Tell others!
|Good news for families!
Our safety suits are keenly sought by families who spend the day at Goat Island. Because of our many sizes, every member of the family is equally well protected, able to spend hours in the water. Remember, the longer one can stay and the further one can swim, the more there is to see. Going snorkelling is a family outing where even the smallest can keep up with dad.
Families often benefit from our free floats (a rubber tube with rope) and family group discounts. Think about pitching your tent at a camp site nearby and benefit from our multiple-day discount of a whopping 50%.
Seafriends Marine Conservation & Education Centre and Café:
7 Goat Island Rd; Leigh; Ph/Fx 094226212 e-mail.