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What Wetsuit Should You Get?

the right choices for keeping warm in the water

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New divers often ask on social media for advice on which wetsuit to buy. However, everyone has different requirements subject to their body mass -- and their own expectations. What can't be denied is that water conducts heat away from you many times faster than air of the same temperature. Even diving in tropical seas at what appears to be bathwater temperatures, you will eventually get cold.

Scubapro Nova Scotia Men's 7.5mm Semi-DryYou might have noticed dive guides wearing more insulation than you. That's because repeat diving (often on dives typically lasting longer than yours), combined with acclimatization to warm air temperatures, makes them more susceptible to getting cold. You might be happy diving in nothing more than a Lycra skin, while your dive guide wears a 5mm thick suit. Well, nobody has ever called a dive because they got too hot in the water.

So what is the right suit for you? Here are a few things to keep in mind next time you're shopping around....


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