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April 26, 2020 3 min read

Summer is usually a very joyful period of the year as far as the smooth waters are concerned. In the event that you wish to take your kid scuba diving, kayaking, sailing, and all other water sports, then selecting the proper wetsuit is very vital. Choosing the right suit is very crucial to prolonging the time your kid spends on or in the water before your kid gets cold.

Wetsuit Thickness

Wetsuits are generally made from neoprene, a type of stretchy rubber with a variety of thicknesses. These wetsuits are available in a wide range of millimeters.

Kids scuba diving wetsuits are mostly made with respect to the water temperatures. Summer wetsuits designed for kids are customarily 2mm or 2.5mm. However, if your kid feels the cold, a 3mm suit may be worth thinking about as a summer wetsuit. A super thick wetsuit is discouraged, that is, 4 or 5mm for kids. However, these super thick wetsuits can be considered where your child is doing an activity in an extremely cold place that might need it. The fact that the thicker the wetsuit, the harder it is to get it on for the kids, explains why it does not have to be so dense.

SLINX 3mm Floral Scuba Diving Full Wetsuit for Girls

SLINX 3mm Floral Scuba Diving Full Wetsuit for Girls

Wetsuit Seams

Most kids scuba diving suits are made with flatlock stitching. Flatlock stitching means that the seams of the wetsuit are merely butted together and stitched over. The flatlock method still allows some water to pass through, which can be referred to as flushing.

A close upgrade to flatlock would be a GBS wetsuit. GBS refers to Glued and Blind Stitching. Glued and blind stitching means that the seams are glued together and later stitched. However, the stitching only goes half of the way via the neoprene. GBS stitching usually results in a waterproof seam. The water-resistant seam ensures that the wetsuit has reduced flushing and maintains the water warmed up by your kid's body.

Size Selection

Flexibility is very vital when participating in any water sport activity. Flexibility is the reason why wetsuits are dedicated to particular sections of the body that require extra flexibility. A kid's wetsuit should fit properly. This snuggly fitting means that there are no loose openings either at the neck, arms, or ankles. A wetsuit that is too big is likely to 'flush' the cold water through it. The fact that an oversize wetsuit flushes water through it makes it quite useless to wear.

Dive & Sail 2.5mm Cool Junior Wetsuit Full Length Snorkeling Suit

Dive & Sail 2.5mm Cool Junior Wetsuit Full Length Snorkeling Suit

Wetsuits are not as easy items to purchase online. This is due to the fact that the sizing of wetsuits varies. If you're looking for something new for your kid, you'd better check the size chart personally and select the size based on your kid’s body measurements make sure you get the proper size for your scuba suit for kids.

Wetsuit Types

Typically, there are two significant kinds of scuba diving suits for kids, which are, shorty wetsuits and fullsuits. Shorty wetsuits are scuba diving suits that have 'short' arms and “short” legs. These arms and legs only cover under the knees & just above the elbows. These springs suits generally come in just 2 or 3mm thicknesses.

For scuba diving in summer, kids shorty wetsuits are a good option. Shorty wetsuits are primarily used in warm waters where water temperatures are in the range of between 22 to 28. These wetsuits help maintain heat in the body's core. Additionally, they help retain heat in the upper arms and legs.

Full suits provide you with coverage entirely down to the ankles and wrists. Their thicknesses can be anywhere in the range of between 2mm and 5mm. These suits are also suitable on windy days where it's befitting to have a warm layer of coverage against the cold.

HISEA Children's 2.5mm Full Length Wetsuit

HISEA Children's 2.5mm Full Length Wetsuit

 

Liz H.
Liz H.


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