Use and Care

Artistic Garments 

are completely waterproof, windproof, and breathable. In order to maximise the active life of this high-quality functional clothing, we recommend strict adherance to the following guidelines. 

Instructions for Use 

The breathability (water vapour transfer) qualities of the outer fabric layers is based on an inner membrane whose microporous structure has  pores which allow water vapour to be transported to the outer layer, where it can evaporate without allowing water to enter. The breathability is enhanced by a water and dirt repelling, impregnated outer coating which also reduces body-heat loss when worn at low temperatures. For optimal body climate controll when wearing breathable garments, we recommend the wearing of functional synthetic-fibre underwear (not cotton)   and the  thorough drying  of the garments prior to wearing.

Care Guidelines 
The waterproof membranes or coatings of artistic functional clothing could be affected by storage when damp also by heavy compression during transportation.  Dry thoroughly,from inside and out each time  after use,  (avoiding direct sunlight), subsequently store dry at room temperature. 

We recommend washing by hand at 30°C using mild or specialised washing detergents for breathable fabrics, not use fabric softeners. Finally, rinse thoroughly. Dry in a tumble dryer at low temperature and pay strict attention to the washing instructions sewn into the garment, especially those regarding the use of tumble-driers. 

Should the outer waterproofing ' Pearl effect' deteriorate, it can be reactivated by applying warmth, e.g. ironing at low temperature or tumble-drying for 45-60 minutes at low temperature. Reproofing the outer layer is possible by applying a silicone-free water proofing agent.

Artistic Bouyancy Aids

are tested and conform to the Norm EN 393 specifications. It is purely a bouyancy aid and not a lifejacket designed to support an unconscious swimmer.  The bouyancy aid gives the swimmer added bouyancy and are therefore only suited for swimmers in waters where help is on hand.  They provide only limited protection against drowning. 

Size Selection 

A table giving size, weight and bouyancy parameters can be found inside each bouyancy aid. Irrespective of these, the bouyancy aid must be tried on. It must fit well without restricting the users freedom of movement. All snap-fasteners and zip-fasteners must be firmly closed in order that the bouyancy aid remains in position on the body. 

Instructions for Use 

Children, especially, should practice swimming wearing the bouyancy aid under supervision e.g. in a swimming pool before its use in a watersport situation. Always check your bouyancy aid prior to use, paying particular attention to any damage to, and the correct function of all fasteners and fittings.

Never use your bouyancy aid as a cushion to sit on, as this can seriously reduce the bouyancy efficiency of the bouyancy aid.

Care of the Bouyancy Aid 

Your artistic bouyancy aid should only be stored when dry and  protected from direct sunlight. Avoid soiling by oils and chemicals. After contact with saltwater, wash with clean 'sweet' water. Badly soiled bouyancy aids should be washed by hand at 30°C using mild washing detergents or a mild soap solution.

Artistic Neoprene clothing

is highly elastic and insulates well. Specifically designed for watersports with a customised fit. To extend the long active
life of our neoprene clothing, we recommend you adhere to the following guidelines. 

Instructions for use 

Take care to ensure that when putting on and taking off,  the material and the seems are not over extended.  Thewetsuit should fit the body snugly without restricting freedom of movement. The inner lining of the garment should be worn next to the skin, allowing a warm moist layer to form between the skin and wetsuit which enhances the thermal insulation.  

Care guidelines

Wash with clean water after use. By heavy soilng, and prior to first use the wetsuit should be hand washed at 30°C using McNett Wet Suit Shampoo for example. To remove and avoid body-odour, we recommend McNett Mira Zyme as a washing additive, After use or washing, dry thoroughly, from inside and outside avoiding direct sunlight. 

Take care not to crease during transportation and storage to avoid the formation of permanent creases  which can only be removed over a long period of use. 

Latex Seals 

Some artistic product are fitted with Latex cuffs produced from natural rubber. The Latex cuffs can get damaged through improper use, incorrect storage or poor care. To avoid such damage, carefully follow the guidlelines given below:

Instructions for use 

Avoid exposure to intensive sunlight and contact with chemical substances such as sun creams and/or insect repellants. Remove jewellry and wristwatches with sharp edges. Minor damage can lead to a tear in the Latex cuffs.Prior to putting on the clothing, open the outer Neoprene cuffs. Put one hand into the Latex cuff and with the other hand carefully extend the opening to enable passage of the hand through the cuff. Never stretch or pull the cuffs lengthways as this can lead to damage of the sewn/taped seems.

Extend the neck band with both hands and pull over the head in one movement, paying attention that the neck band is not stretched lengthways.Now fold your arms to vent any unwanted air from within by slightly opening the neck band.Note specifically that a vacuum cannot be achieved in a 'dry-suit.'

They provide only limited protection against drowning.  

Close the outer cuffs. The width of the cuff openings can, if necessary, be enlarged. This step however should be thoroughly considered. Firstly, consider the necessary width at  cold temperatures, then shorten the cuff by cutting around the selected marking ring with sharp scissors. The cuff must be held tightly by a second person. Avoid 'cut notches' as these can cause susequent tears in the cuffs. 

Care Instruction

Regularly treat all Latex parts (after every second kayak tour!) with a suitable detergent; (e.g. McNett Seal Saver or Silicon Pump) This will extend the product life considerably. Additionally,   UV protection coatings (e.g. McNett UV Tech) can be applied. Avoid direct sunlight when drying and in storage. Wash with clean "sweet" water after contact with salt water.

Chest Harness

The artistic bouyancy aid is fitted out with a rescue belt system designed to be used to assist recovery from moving water. The safest harness system can only be effectively used  if it is correctly fitted. Particular attention must be paid to the instructions for use. 

Instructions for use

Ensure the rescue belt is threaded through all the belt loops around the whole bouyancy aid and that by a sharp pull to the rear on the centre point of the belt it can be freed from the loops. 
Put on the bouyancy aid as instructed in the accompanying product description. 

Pass the rescue belt two times through the aluminium adjustment buckle; (See Diagram!) Then thread into the plastic quick-release buckle.

Adjust the belt to fit the body but not so as to restrict movement. Close the plastic quick-release buckle. 

Should such a situation arise whereby for example the rear mounted 'cowtail' gets 'snagged up', the cowtail can be thrown off by opening the quick-release buckle with a sharp pull on the buckle's ball-grip. 
The safety belt is then released to the rear through the belt loops.


Safety Note!!

A 'cowtail' (delivered as a seperate article) can be an important and sensible addition for use with a rescue belt fitted bouancy aid.  

We strongly recommend familiarisation and practice with the rescue belt system prior to its use on the water by taking part in a rescue safety training (RST) seminar. In an extreme situation it could save your life! 

This is NOT a climbing harness system, pls dont use for 'Abseiling' or for rockclimbing