Choosing A Diving Wetsuit

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There are a few significant differences between a surfing wetsuit and a diving wetsuit. They both are highly contrasting sports and the wetsuits, which are specifically designed for surfing, are specifically designed for use in various other conditions. This article will look at some of the many differences and considerations when buying a surfing wetsuit from an expert.

The first thing you should consider is what the water temperature will be when you are diving. Water temperatures vary greatly between different parts of the world. It is important that you know the water temperature prior to making your purchase. The majority of surfing shops sell their products based on local water temperatures. However, it may be worth getting your diving wetsuit based on the water temperature of your destination as well.

Diving Wetsuit

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You will also need to consider what diving wetsuit materials are best suited to your needs. As they are more buoyant than a wet suit, the wetsuits tend to move much faster and more freely. The wetsuits tend to be made of heavy vinyl material. This does make them more expensive, however, the price can be brought down considerably by looking at specialist online stores or auction sites such as eBay. In general, the thicker the material the more buoyant they are. A lighter suit tends to float more and therefore slower.

Many people who buy a diving wetsuit forget to take into account the importance of knee pads. If the wetsuit is not completely waterproof then the rubberized padding in the wetsuit will start to tear and rip. To prevent this the surfing wetsuit will have knee pads sewn into the wetsuit with all the pockets positioned to the right and left of the stitching. The idea is that you can put the most stuff into the pockets on both sides.

A Much Ado

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Another item of diving equipment that often gets forgotten about is the neoprene wristband. A neoprene wristband gives added comfort to the wrist and ankles. It prevents the cold from getting into the hands and feet, whilst providing excellent support to the wrists and ankles. Because the wrists and ankles are supported it prevents any slipping around whilst wearing the wetsuit and whilst swimming. However, it is important that the neoprene is not too thick, as if it is too thick it could cause numbness and also slip. If you get an adequate neoprene coat, then the wrists and ankles will stay warm, even when you are in cold water.

Most scuba divers use a breathing mask with either a nose pad or without a nose pad. Both will work fine, but the breathing mask with a pad can be used underwater for improved buoyancy. As previously mentioned, some people underwater hate them, but I find that some people just love them and can not bear to do without them.

Finally, some extra protection for your body is available with the additional strap attachments. These strap attachments can be used to cover your legs. In addition, they can be used to prevent your legs from getting cold. They are just not for the big fish, but for light jacks and surf boarders. The extra strap is great for people who have been on dives before and wish to know how to protect their legs better when they go on a dive again.

Bottom Line

Diving wetsuits come in a variety of different materials, colors, and styles. There are so many options available that there is sure to be something to suit everyone’s tastes. Some people like the comfort of the flotation device. Others may prefer the look of tight-fitting wet suits. No matter what your preferences are, there is sure to be a style of wetsuit that will be just right for you.

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