Tie Dye Diving Shammies

German Olympic Diver Jaden Eikermann and Corina at Ulla Klinger Cup.jpg

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.​

Matthew with Jamaican flag shammy

Catching up with our customer, the German Olympic Diver Jaden Eikermann, at Ulla Klinger Cup

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) Small (approx. 46 x 32 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! "Barbed Wire" designs which recognises the pain that the divers go through: Mental blocks to achieve that particular dive you need for the next level; and Physical pain during the learning process - in the gym, dry boards or the pool, when you hit the water at high speed, the red marks appear followed by the purple and then yellowing massive bruises. "Butterfly Wings" designs which wishes every customer to have the easiest of rides on the wind down to the water in a perfect straight position; as few Barbed Wire events as possible and to find that pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow!




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.

The PVA shammy (shammie) will absorb nearly 20 times its weight in water. When wet, it becomes soft, squishy, and super flexible. When dry, it becomes very stiff and rigid, so many people like to store them damp, in a resealable bag. Just let it soak for a minute and it will start feeling just like it did when you first got it. It has anti-mildew agents built into it, so if clean, it can be stored slightly damp without worry. This does not harm the shammy or affect the life span.




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. When brand new, you will want to wash the shammy before your first use, and remove some of the extra dye, as even after lots of rinse by ourselves (and colour fixing), it might still bleed. For this reason, do not wash it with other clothes. Because it is a sponge, it will collect and it might absorb the nasty bacteria from the poolside, so you will want to rinse it after every use, but just a quick hand wash with antibacterial soap will suffice.