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December 30, 2018 3 min read

Wetsuits can reduce the loss of temperature and protect you from scratches or stabs when you dive, but putting them on is a very troublesome thing. When diving in tropical areas, we can only wear lightweight dive skins, but in places where the water temperature is a little lower, it is quite necessary to wear a diving wetsuit. Especially newly bought scuba wetsuits, which are made of neoprene, take a lot of time and effort to put on. Sometimes it's hard to finish the process by yourself. You have to find a diving partner to help you. Some divers even think that it's difficult to wear a diving suit due to the wrong size.

 

What's the Right Wetsuit Size for You?

A right wetsuit fits the body very well, and it's really not a very easy thing to put it on. If it's too easy, you should consider whether the size of the suit is too large. At this time, you can check whether there is still some space left after putting it on or whether another piece of clothes can be worn inside. If that's the case, this diving suit can't keep you warm.

On the other hand, if your diving wetsuit is too small, you will find it not only very difficult to put it on but also makes you feel uncomfortable. If you wear a diving suit that makes you feel difficult to breathe, the zipper on your back easily slides down, or the sleeves and legs of your wetsuit are too short, all these indicate that the suit is too small.

 

Practical Tips for Putting on Your Diving Suit

  • Skillful Use of Plastic Bags

You can put a plastic bag on your feet so that your feet can easily pass through the wetsuit legs. You can also use this method if you feel it difficult for your hands to pass through the cuffs.

 

  • Blow Air into Your Cuff

When your hand passes through the cuff, you might feel that neoprene sticks to your skin and it is difficult to pull the suit up. At this time, you can let your partner blow air into your cuff and let the incoming air separate the skin from the suit so that you can easily pull up the wetsuit.

 

  • Put on Your Wetsuit in Water

If conditions permit, try to go to a swimming pool or a shallow water area to put on a diving suit. After water enters the suit, neoprene will not stick to your skin.

 

  • Wear a Dive Skin inside Your Diving Suit

Try putting on a dive skin inside your scuba diving wetsuit, which won't increase your size but will make it easy for you to put on your diving suit.

 

  • Use Water Soluble Lubricants

Divers can use a small amount of water soluble lubricants on their ankles and wrists when putting a wetsuit on.

 

  • Zippers Added to Wrists and Ankles

Zippers make it easier to wear diving suits. Some diving suits have zippers on their wrists and ankles, but many manufacturers believe that zippers can affect the warmth of diving suits. Of course, if you don't have a zipper on your diving suit, you can also ask a tailor for help, but this will increase the amount of water in and out and reduce the effect of heat preservation.

 

Wrong Skills Damage Your Wetsuit and Pollute the Sea

  • Soap and Detergent

Some people think that it is easier to put on wetsuits with soap and detergent. But, they are non-biodegradable substances. If they are applied to the body, they will be brought into the water when diving to pollute the environment. If those biodegradable soaps are applied on the body and not washed in time, they will also irritate and damage your skin.

 

  • Oily Lubricants

Oily lubricants (such as Vaseline) can damage diving suits made of chloroprene rubber, so do not use such oil-based compounds as lubricants to put on diving suits.

 

Liz H.
Liz H.


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