Dive Wetsuits

How to Choose a Wetsuit. Whether you are diving, snorkeling, surfing or swimming, a wetsuit is a crucial piece of gear to help keep you warm and comfortable in the water. Wetsuits provide insulation and help protect from cuts, scrapes and stings. There are a few different wetsuit styles available: One Piece, Two Piece, Shortie (short sleeves and legs) and Semi Dry.

How Do Wetsuits Work?

Wetsuits are made of neoprene and are available in multiple thicknesses depending on the temperature of the water and your cold tolerance level. Neoprene is not waterproof, in fact in order to work properly, you need to get some water in the suit! The neoprene has tiny holes in it to allow a thin layer of water to be trapped between your skin and the neoprene. Your body heat warms up the water and the neoprene acts as an insulator to keep this water warm.

Because of the nature of how neoprene works, it is so critical that your suit fits correctly, as a loose suit will mean too much water constantly circulating in your suit. The thicker the suit, the more insulation you will have, keep this in mind when you are thinking about how to choose a wetsuit.

How to Choose Wetsuit Thickness?

Less than 50°F/10°C

We recommend at minimum 7mm, and possibly a two piece to double up the insulation on your core. A 7mm Semi-dry would be a good o

50–62°F / 10-17°C

We recommend at minimum 5mm, but most likely a single 7mm would be more comfortable

62-69°F / 17-21°C

In this range a 5mm or 3mm is appropriate for achieving maximum comfort.

70°F / 22°C or above

At these temperatures, wetsuits are more of a personal preference. If you run warm, you may prefer a 2mm shorty wetsuit, or 3mm full. Some prefer not to use a wetsuit at all, but keep in mind that wetsuits are great protection against jelly fish stings, and coral scrapes.


Standard Wetsuit Features
Wetsuit Styles
How to Fit Your Wetsuit

The fit of a wetsuit is critical, so it's best to head to your local dive shop and get help from a pro!

How to Care for Your Wetsuit

To make your wetsuit last, be sure to rinse, dry and carefully store your wet suit after diving. It may occasionally need a good wash and there are special wetsuit shampoos available for the job. Store your wetsuit on a wide plastic or wooden hanger to avoid creasing in the shoulders. If you must fold it, do so gently with the zipper on top, or as directed by the manufacturer.

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