Diving Wetsuits Tips and Guidelines
Diving wetsuits protect your skin against abrasion, and rushes you can get from your BCD or from the marine environment, and protect you from stinging elements in the water. The diving wetsuits main purpose is to provide thermal protection, as your body tends to lose heat away as much as 20 times faster in water comparing to equal temperature in air.
How do diving wetsuits work?
Diving wetsuits are made of neoprene rubber that contains closed air bubbles. The neoprene allows insulation from the water surrounding us, slowing heat loss. The thicker the diving wetsuit is, the greater the insulation.
A diving wetsuit is referred to as wet as it allows water into it. But make no mistake; there should be minimum water exchange from inside out ones submerged.
As we descend air bubbles trapped in the neoprene layer compress thus the suit loses its effectiveness and its buoyancy.
Diving Wetsuit Styles:
Diving wetsuits come in thickness varying from 2.5mm to as much as 9mm, and is appropriate to wear in water warmer than 10C/50F.Water colder than that will require the use of scuba dry suits. Picking the right Thickness depends on where you dive and how cold you tend to get.
In addition, diving wetsuit can be long, short, one piece two pieces, with a hood and without one, and it all makes a huge difference on the insulation level and your buoyancy:
Shorties- short diving wetsuits.
Generally refer to short sleeves and legs, are easier to wear and normally suitable for water above 27C/81F
One piece diving wetsuits
Covers more skin and protects better against heat lose and the elements. Thin ones are suitable for water above 24C/75F.
Two piece diving wetsuits
Allows flexibility as can the two pieces, the Farmer John low piece and the upper jacket separately hence are suitable for a wide range of water temperatures, as low as 10C/50F
as we can lose up to 40% of our body heat its important to protect our head by wearing one in cold water Generally suitable for diving in water colder than 21C/70F.
Make sure the hood is snug, but not too tight especially around the neck area, as it might compress arteries in the neck.
Regardless to what type of diving wetsuit you need, make sure It properly fits you: a diving wetsuit should be snug, yet not too tight. This is important to understand, because if a diving wetsuit isn’t properly fit on you, a constant exchange of water can occur and the suit will loose its effectiveness.
Diving wetsuit maintenance
Better immerse the diving wetsuit in water containing some detergents, rinse it carefully and hang them to dry without direct exposure to the sun. Better use specially designed wet suit hangers to avoid damage to the neoprene.
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