@tvcrider That’s a funny story. Hope the water wasn’t too cold.
Thankfully no. The water temperature was about 72, but what many do not understand is that still 25 degrees lower than body temperature and water conducts heat away at a much higher rate than air.
I had gone without using the dry suit on the prior day when the air temp was 76. I chose 3mm neoprene shorts, pile top, paddling pants a semi-dry paddling jacket instead. However, the repeated rescue and immersion drills took their toll and I was miserable. I didn’t make that mistake on day two, but my dry suit would have been a bit more effective if I had not provided a flow-through vent.
I was not my brightest moment. I guess I was too focused on the training. One can be sure that now when I go out on the water I am double-checking both zippers.
While on the subject, when washing your dry suit make sure you take an old tooth brush to the zippers to clean off sand, etc. I then follow up with an application of zipper lubricant/wax.