Tomasz (Thomas) Stachura is the man responsible for Santi and the current Santi Diving success. He began working in the garment production industry just after finishing school and has been doing it ever since. His experiences as an avid motorcyclist led him to produce comfortable and warm leather MC gear through the garments line at Santi. Once gaining an interest in diving he applied the same passion in designing suits that had to be snug yet not restrictive.
Santi later moved onto manufacturing arctic and cold weather gear for explorers and mountain climbers, included clothing and sleeping bags. While mass production runs were never Tomasz’s ultimate goal, the company grew and now employs over 120 people. Around 2001, Tomasz found himself getting cold in his new dry suit and decided to do something about it. Success with his clothing line for the North Sea Oil Riggers prompted him to apply his expertise to dry suit undergarments.
The first prototype for the EXTREME 400 JUMPSUIT was born. Right away he noticed that the new Jumpsuit was much warmer then anything he had tried previously. Throughout the research and development phase many of his dive partners tried out the undersuits and their friends did the same. With a vast pool of divers, Tomasz was willing to listen to their input about the EXTREME 400 JUMPSUIT and it has since become the leading product in new the Santi Diving division.
By 2004, he was persuaded by Robert Klein (respected Polish cave diver and instructor) to follow the success of the jumpsuit line by initiating development of the new Dry Suit production. From the beginning parameters were set for durability and fit with a full range of motion, along with the most important feature; ONE MUST STAY DRY.
The testing was conducted by leading Polish and European divers and their feedback was pivotal in the final products. This approach of diver-manufacturer interaction has proven invaluable to the Santi Diving success in the market place. The development of Santi Dry Suits took years of time and substantial investments to become the BEST DRY SUIT available.
The E.Lite dry suit is made from a unique Rip Stop Nylon/Butylen/Polyester material, and weighs only 450 gr/sqm. Rip-stop nylon is a light-weight nylon fabric with inter-woven ripstop reinforcement threads in a crosshatch pattern, making it more durable than Cordura. The suit is equipped with all the features required for professional, technical and cave diving: a long front- entry waterproof zipper (metal or plastic) which is protected by an additional zip-fastened flap. Standard model suits also come equipped with two big utility thigh pockets, Kevlar® knee pads, a telescoping torso, suspenders with a practical pocket for documents/keys, HD seals, Flex Sole boots and a 6mm neoprene collar hood.
The E.MOTION dry suit is made from a unique Rip Stop Nylon/Butylen/Polyester material, and weighs only 260 gr/sqm. Rip-stop nylon is a light-weight nylon fabric with inter-woven ripstop reinforcement threads in a crosshatch pattern, making it more durable than Cordura. The suit is equipped with all the features required for professional, technical and cave diving: a long front- entry waterproof TIZIP plastic zipper, which is protected by an additional zip-fastened flap. Standard model suits also come equipped with two big utility thigh pockets, Kevlar® knee pads, a telescoping torso, suspenders with a practical pocket for documents/keys, HD seals, Flex Sole boots and a 6mm neoprene collar hood.
The Enduro Space (ESpace) dry suit is made of light and extremely durable Nylon/Butylen/Polyester material, with a density of 420gr/sqm. It is cut specially to allow it to adjust to any figure and does not restrict movements in any direction. The telescoping torso stretches up to 30 cm and gives great mobility, regardless of the thickness of an undersuit.
The BZ 400 undersuit is the warmest we offer. Designed for diving in waters of less than 7 degrees celsius, it is ideal for long deep diving, with decompression. Experienced GUE divers and instructors helped us develop this undersuit and is the culmination of their proposals and solutions. Only the best materials and technologies were used in the production process. Thinsulate BZ 400 insulation is recommended by 3M for diving undersuits as it is compressed and does not bulk up under dry suits. A net layer makes the undersuit even more durable while the lining is made of soft micropolar 190 gr. The outside layer is made of 6.6 Polyamide and is 100% reinforced with polyester fabric in specific areas exposed to damage. Other features include elastic gussets in the arms and waist, wide ankle bands and water-resistant cuffs with tapes, which supply air to dry gloves.
Santi’s heating system consists of three components; a lithium battery (available in 10, 15 or 20ah) worn by the diver on the harness, a connector the put the power through the suit via the inlet valve (without the need to put any holes in the suit), and a heating vest/undersuit. The drysuit connector is available as an adapter for existing valves, or as a replacement “Thermovalve” providing a very low profile. The heated undergarments are constructed of Thinsulate insulation and breathable fabrics, so they provide extra warmth even when they are not switched on.
The heating vest has 200 g Thinsulate insulation, and uses about 60W of power, giving it a burn time of 1.5-2 hours. The heated undersuit has 400 g Thinsulate insulation (indentical to the BZ400 described above), and uses about 120W of power, giving it a burntime of 1 hour on a 10ah battery or 2 hours on a 20ah battery.