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February 21, 2020 4 min read

Wetsuits are amazing tools used by divers and swimmers for greater swimming experiences in the water. If you are planning for amazing water sport experiences then choosing an ideal wetsuit is key to have a great time in the water. Choosing the right wetsuit thickness may however be challenging especially if you are new to the water sporting activities. This wetsuit temperature guide is therefore intended to help you choose the right wetsuit for your water sporting experiences.

 

Why do you need to choose the right wetsuit thickness?

Wetsuits comes in different size usually ranging from 1mm to 7mm size. Different wetsuits may be used by different scuba divers based on various factors which will be discussed here in. Getting the right wetsuit thickness is thus key to ensure that you enjoy your entire time in the water. You need to ensure that the wetsuit that you choose for your diving experiences fits you properly ensuring that the wetsuit holds the warm water for a longer duration. The wetsuit is meant to provide insulation properties while diving in the water. A perfect wetsuit thickness also provides additional buoyancy while in the water.

Men's Long Sleeve One Piece Back Zip

Men's Long Sleeve One Piece Back Zip 3MM Wetsuit

Factors that affects your choice of the wetsuit thickness

You may be determined about getting the appropriate wetsuit thickness for your diving experiences but how do you go about choosing the right wetsuit thickness? There are quite a number of factors to consider while choosing your wetsuit thickness. Explore some of the key factors outlined here in to help you choose the right wetsuit thickness.

 

Water Temperature

The water temperatures should be your first consideration to make while choosing the ideal wetsuit that is ideal for your diving experiences. You can contact the local diving operators form the region to get sufficient information about the water temperatures. If the water is too cold then you need to get a thicker wetsuit for better diving experiences.
MYLEDI Mens 3mm Smooth Skin Wetsuit

MYLEDI Mens 3mm Smooth Skin Wetsuit

 

Climate

The current climate may also determine how your wetsuit feels while in the water. The entire idea is all about getting a wetsuit that improves your performances in the water. You will therefore need to assess the typical climate factors within the region before getting your wetsuit. If the sun is too hot then you could get a light wetsuit to protect against the UV rays. However if you are diving deep in the sea you should think of a heavier wetsuit.


Activity

Your water sporting activities are also key to the kind of wetsuit you purchase for your water sports. If you are going for greater immersions in the water, then you should think of a warmer wetsuit and lighter wetsuit for shallow immersions. If you are constantly hunting for waves, you should also opt for a thicker wetsuit.


Your Sensitivity

Individual temperature sensitivity may also affect how you feel the cold while in the water. If your body is so sensitive to cold temperatures then get a thicker wetsuit that properly fits you.

Wetsuit Consideration

The diving wetsuits are available in different varieties giving you a wider option to choose from based on your preferences. Two piece full hooded wetsuits, one piece full wetsuits, shorty wetsuits and farmer john wetsuits are some of the top wetsuit types to choose from.


How to choose the right wetsuit thickness?

Choosing the right wetsuit thickness may be challenging. However with the factors mentioned here in, the process should not be intimidating anymore. The local water temperature should guide you to getting the right thickness of your wetsuit. For very cold waters, choose a wetsuit of about 6/5/4 thickness. For summer seasons you can go for a lighter wetsuits of approximately 3/2 sizes. If your water activities vary from time to time then you can consider getting more than one wetsuit for the different activities. You can also use the lighter wetsuits in the summer and the thicker wetsuits for winter seasons.  Check this following wetsuit thickness and water temp guide: 

 

Water Temperature Thickness  Wetsuit Type
29˚ C and Above 1-2mm  Shorty, Springsuit, Shorty John/Jane or No Wetsuit Required (Lycra Dive Skin, Swimsuit, etc.)
26-28˚ C 1-2mm  Shorty, Springsuit, Short/Long John/Jane, Fulsuit or No Wetsuit Required  (Lycra Dive Skin, Swimsuit, etc.) 
22-25˚ C 2-3mm  Shorty Wetsuit, Springsuit, Long John/Jane or Fullsuit
18-21˚ C 3-5mm  Fullsuit + Optional Hood
10-17˚ C 5-7mm  Hooded Fullsuit + Boots + Gloves
Below 10˚ C 7mm  Hooded Semi-dry or Drysuit + Boots + Gloves


A perfect size of your wetsuit is ideal for amazing experiences in the water. You may consider some factors including the water temperatures, climate, activities and body sensitivity to help you make the right decision on the best wetsuit thickness that suits you most. The neoprene quality should also be a great feature to ensure maximum flexibility and buoyancy while in the water.

Liz H.
Liz H.


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