The scuba diver’s wetsuit is often the first purchase a diver will make after they have their mask and fins. Face it, you don’t known how many times that rental wetsuit has been peed in. More importantly, a wetsuit that is properly fitted, not only to your body but also to your diving locations and style, may impact your scuba diving and could even be a contribute to a your stress levels.
A wetsuit that is too tight might restrict your breathing or blood flow under pressure. One that is too loose will allow water to flush through and so provide limited insulation from the cold. Wetsuits have a degree of buoyancy; how much, depends on the thickness of the suit, the size and overall condition. A brand new suit may have two or three pounds of buoyancy more than a word worn out suit.
Changing wetsuits each time you dive may slow your buoyancy control skill development. Buoyancy control is one of the first skills that need to be mastered to improve your diving.
Scuba Diving Wetsuit Are Classed By Millimetres
Two questions will be asked as soon as you start looking for a wetsuit. The first is what MM (millimetres) and the second which style. The style is mostly a personal choice but the millimetres is determined mostly by the temperature of the water you will be diving in. What they are really talking about is how thick is the neoprene fabric from which the suit is made. Neoprene is a foam like material that allows water to enter.
The water acts as a buffer between the outside water and your skin. In tropical waters such as we have here in Malapascua Island a 3MM wetsuit is what most scuba divers wear. 3MM is is the most common thickness of neoprene fabric used. While the water may feel warm when you start your scuba dive, over time it will still slowly remove some of your body heat.
The wetsuit slows that lost. When of the proper thickness, it will slow the lost to a degree that the body can replace it without stress. One sign of temperature stress is shivering. A wetsuit that is too thick for the conditions can cause your body to sweat more than it should.
Styles Of Scuba Diving Wetsuits
When it come to styles it is generally a personal choice. There are a couple of different options to look at. Some wetsuits zip in the front and other zip in the back. Some terms you may hear are farmer John (Jane for the ladies), full suit and shorties. Farmer John wetsuits are mostly for cold water scuba diving and are of a two piece design.
A full suit is like a jump suit with long sleeves and long pants legs. A shortie has short sleeves above the elbow and the legs stops around the knees. A shortie is only good for tropical diving. Another item to take into consideration is environmental hazards. Shorties leaves lower legs expose to nicks and scraps and jellyfish stings.
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