Water Rescue Suit Care and Maintenance Tip

Let face it- suits for water/ice rescue operations are expensive and it is important to extend their service life as long as possible without comprimising safety. We have had an unusual number of calls recently about zippers jumping teeth, pinhole leaks in suit gaskets and zippers leaking. We know how uncomfortable it is to be wet and cold.

It is no secret training and rescue operations are hard on gear and we can only keep equipment operational while we can maintain confidence in its performance.

Our family are avid whitewater kayakers and our drysuits take a lot of abuse and one trick we have learned to extend the service life of our recreational suits is to treat the zippers and gaskets with 303 Aerospace Protectant. It is easy to use and effective at keeping zippers from leaking, gaskets from developing pinhole leaks and from zippers from jumping teeth.

There are wax/silicone products on the market as well but we’ve never been impressed with the residue build up or the dirt that the wax gathers and holds.

303 Protectant is available in 2 oz and 8 oz spray bottle. The 2 oz is great for your own suit while the 8 oz bottle is enough to treat a dozen suits.

Spray on, wipe off. This product is non-toxic and biodegradeable.

It is easy and safe. Treat your gear at least once at the beginning of the season and once at the end of the season. For best results apply after each use when your gear has finished drying.


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  • Easy to use – just spray on and wipe dry!
  • This is an environmentally safe product that is non-toxic and biodegradable.

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