Wetsuits really are wet suits

Wetsuits work by minimizing the flow of water between you and the water you diving in. After the initial rush of colder water, you body will slowly warm up the trapped layer of water between your skin and the neoprene.

There are four factors you need to consider in purchasing a wetsuit: • The temperature of the water • How cold you usually get • The neoprene itself (thickness and quality) • How long will you be in the water

For warmer water (75° to 80°) I usually recommend a 3mm wetsuit. I know some divers will tough it out with a ½ mm wet suit. I usually get cold, and will spend hours in the water through multiple scuba dives. If you’re going to dive deeper or at night, you might consider an additional hooded vest or an additional shorty.

For colder water (50° to 70°), I dive with a 6mm wetsuit. This usually eliminates the 4mm and 5mm suits. Off the California coast, this is my main diving suit. When the water temperature turns colder, I will switch over to a drysuit.

For instructions on how to take care of a wetsuit, visit our

wetsuits maintenance page.
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