Tie Dye Diving Shammies
Catching up with our customer, the German Olympic Diver Jaden Eikermann, at Ulla Klinger Cup
The diving shammy (shammie, whichever your favourite spelling is!) is our newest product.
The tie dying process makes the shammies not only beautiful but also unique! We can try the "made to order" process like we have done for our young Dutch / Jamaican customer, but the shammies are tie-died after all and not hand painted.
Some parents might wonder why shammies are so expensive to buy?! It is not
the white product in itself. It is the long hours spent tie-dyeing them and getting them ready to be sold to the customers! For more info read the blog.
Dutch / Jamaican Elite Junior Diver Matthew Hibbert, with his Jamacan flag shammy
The shammy is a fast-drying towel that divers rely on to ensure that they are safe and comfortable for performing their dive. When a diver gets out of the water, they are dripping. Before their next dive, they need to quickly dry off and be ready to perform another dive.
The shammy is made exactly for this purpose, to enables the cloth to absorb a large amount of water. Once the water is absorbed while wiping their bodies, the divers can quickly wring it out.. This unique quality allows the shammy to replace the cotton towels that stay wet after a single use and are bulky.
When doing dives that include multiple somersaults — especiallythe ones requiring holding onto their legs (pikes and tucks) — it is important to make sure their hands don’t slip off, so by using a shammie it will effectively dry your legs and hands.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE SHAMMIES
What size of shammies do we sell?
Large (approx. 64 x 46 cm)
What is the inspiration behind the designs?
"Rainbow" designs - which celebrates every diver quest for the pot of gold medals, being Skills, Age Groups, Elite, Junior or World and Olympic gold! It doesn't really matter the level, the dream is the same, as powerful for the young Skills diver as for the seasoned Olympic diver!
What are the shammies? How do they work?
This drying cloth is made from a highly absorbent synthetic material known as Polyvinyl Alcohol, or PVA. It is essentially a giant, flat sponge, which is why it can dry so well. PVA is designed to mimic the composition of a natural sea sponge, but do so with higher efficiency in order to make it a better absorber. The cell structure is more uniform and connected in order to allow this drying cloth to soak up amazing amounts of moisture. In order to make this particular cloth more durable, a mesh support structure is imbedded in the PVA material. It is completely surrounded by the silky smooth, PVA so it does not add any risk of scratches, but it does make the cloth incredibly tough and long lasting due to the added support.
Thanks to this effective and resilient material, this drying cloth is also resistant to chemicals, and unaffected by grease and oil. You can machine wash it if it gets dirty in order to use it over and over again, and it will last for years without needing replacement.
How do you care for the shammies?
The shammy is machine washable, but never place it in the dryer. Wash by hand with a little hand soap or dish soap (especially if you use an antibacterial one), or throw it in the machine to clean it, and then air dry to finish; but do not put it on a hot radiator, as it will stick to it. Never wash with fabric softener because it will reduce the fabric properties over time.