There are many factors to consider when choosing your first wet suit. It all depends on your situation and obviously what climate you think you will mostly be diving in. It´s useless to buy a thin wetsuit when you live in an area where the waters are freezing. There is just no way it will aid you in your diving ventures. Just for argument´s sake, here´s a quick guide on how to choose the best wetsuit thickness for you by looking at water temperature.
Let´s start by explaining what a wetsuit is….It is made of a neoprene material crafted into an insulating and almost all body coverage suit. The way it works is it lets in a small amount of water between the suit and your body. So….it is safe to say that;
The tighter the suit is to your body, the less water will be let in making the layer of water thinner. What this does, is the thin layer of water keeps the heat from leaving your body, since it heats up to the same temperature quickly. On the other hand:
The looser the suit is to your body the more water will be let in and is filtered quicker through the suit, this makes it less likely that you will retain body heat.
Another factor that plays a part, involves how thick the neoprene suit actually is. Simply put, a 3mm suit will hold less body heat than a 5mm suit.
Having said all that…..heat loss is inevitable when you are diving, however in really cold temperatures, a drysuit would then be the next thing to look at. In tropical areas, the heat loss will be more gradual. Here is a chart courtesy of Sport Diver Editors to show you what we are talking about and to have a better idea of which suit would be best for you.
Get in touch to find out which wetsuits we recommend and if you have any other queries, by all means…..let us know. We´d love to lend a helping hand