Why you need a wetsuit
A wetsuit is a garment, usually made of foamed neoprene, which is worn by surfers, divers, windsurfers, canoeists, and others engaged in water sports, providing thermal insulation, abrasion resistance and buoyancy. Modern wetsuits are designed using the materials and technology available to allow a wide range of movement while providing thermal protection from both heat loss and stings from creatures in the water.
How to choose the right wetsuit
Choosing the right wetsuit is important because a ill-fitting wetsuit can cause chafing, restrict your movement, and make swimming more difficult. There are many different types of wetsuits on the market, so it is important to choose one that fits your body type and the activity you will be doing.
Wetsuits are made from neoprene, which is a type of synthetic rubber. They are available in a variety of thicknesses, which determine the level of insulation the suit provides. The thicker the neoprene, the warmer the suit will be. Wetsuits are also available in different styles, such as full-body suits, sleeveless suits, and spring suits.
When choosing a wetsuit, it is important to consider the water temperature and the air temperature. You will want to choose a wetsuit that will keep you warm in both conditions. It is also important to consider your body type. Some people prefer a fitted wetsuit that hugs their curves, while others prefer a loose-fitting wetsuit that does not restrict their movement.
Once you have chosen the right wetsuit for you, it is time to break it in. Breaking in a new wetsuit can be a bit uncomfortable because the neoprene can feel stiff at first. The best way to break in a new wetsuit is to wear it around your house for an hour or two at a time until it starts to feel more comfortable. You can also try doing some simple exercises in your new wetsuit to help break it in faster.
How to break in a wetsuit
It can be difficult to break in a wetsuit, but it is important to do so before you go diving. There are a few methods you can try to make the process easier. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Put on the wetsuit
To break in a wetsuit, start by putting the wetsuit on and wearing it around the house for short periods of time. Then, wet the outside of the wetsuit and put it on again. Next, jump in a pool or ocean wearing the wet wetsuit and swim around for a while. Finally, take the wetsuit off and hang it up to dry. If you follow these steps, your wetsuit should be broken in and ready to use in no time!
Get in the water
The best way to break in a wetsuit is by getting it wet—surprise! The warmth of your body will help soften the neoprene, making it more flexible and comfortable. Start by wearing the wetsuit in your bathtub for about 20 minutes at a time. As it starts to feel more comfortable, increase your time in the water.
Once you’re feeling good in the tub, it’s time to take your wetsuit for a swim. Start with a short dip, gradually increasing your time as the neoprene stretches and molds to your body. If you start to feel uncomfortable at any point, just get out of the water and take a break. It’s important to listen to your body and take breaks when you need them—forcing yourself to tough out the discomfort will only make it worse in the long run.
Adjust the wetsuit
Most wetsuits will come with Velcro closures at the wrists and ankles, as well as a zip at the back. These can all be adjusted to get a snug fit. Once you have the wetsuit on, walk around in it to make sure that it feels comfortable and that there are no areas that feel too tight.
How to care for your wetsuit
Wetsuits are made of a neoprene material which is different from traditional swimsuits. Because of this, it’s important that you take care of your wetsuit and break it in properly to ensure it lasts a long time. If you don’t take care of your wetsuit, it can become brittle and tear easily. In this section, we’ll show you how to break in your wetsuit and how to care for it.
Rinse the wetsuit
Be sure to rinse your wetsuit with fresh water after each use, even if you’re just surfing for a few minutes. Rinse it inside and out, paying special attention to the areas around the wrists, ankles, and neck where salt and sand can collect.
Hang the wetsuit
The first thing you should do when you get your wetsuit is hang it in a cool, dry place. This will help the wetsuit keep its shape and prevent mildew or other damage. You should also avoid store your wetsuit in direct sunlight, as this can fade the color of the material.
Store the wetsuit
Wetsuits should be rinsed with freshwater and hung to dry inside out after every use. Avoid hanging the wetsuit in direct sunlight, as this can cause the neoprene to break down over time.
To prolong the life of your wetsuit, it’s important to store it properly when you’re not using it. Wetsuits should be stored in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight. If you have the space, hanging your wetsuit is ideal; if not, folding it and storing it in a breathable bag will work as well.