How do I choose a wetsuit for diving?

What thickness wetsuit do I need for diving?

If you’re comfortable on the surface, you may find yourself feeling cold at depth if your suit isn’t thick enough. 2-3mm-thick neoprene is ideal for warm water diving and snorkeling. This thickness slightly insulates the diver from the water and protects the diver from sharp or injury-causing objects at depth.

Should I get a 5mm or 7mm wetsuit?

As a general rule, there are 3 main thicknesses of wetsuit: 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm. The thinner the suit, the better flexibility of movement you will have but the less warmth and buoyancy. Thicker wetsuits are more buoyant and cumbersome so you trade flexibility for warmth.

How do you know what wetsuit to wear?

How Should A Wetsuit Fit? A wetsuit should fit like a second skin with no sagging in the back or excessive bunching in the arms or legs. It should fit tight in order to keep only a thin layer of water between your body and your suit.

What temp is a 5mm wetsuit good for?

The Perfect Wetsuit Thickness for Every Water Temp

80 to 84 Degrees (26-28 C) 2 mm shorty to dive sking
73 to 79 Degrees (22-25 C) 3 mm fullsuit to 2 mm shorty
66 to 72 Degrees (18-21 C) 5 mm to 3 mm fuillsuit
50 to 65 Degrees (10-17 C) 8/7 mm semidry to 7 mm wetsuit
Below 50 Degrees (Below 10 C) 8/7 mm semidry or drysuit
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At what temperature do you need a wetsuit?

The range of 50 to 78 degrees is therefore the ideal range for using a wetsuit. Any warmer, and the swimmer may actually overheat due to the wetsuit’s insulative qualities. Truth be told, we think it is pretty easy to get too warm inside a wetsuit even in the 74-77 degree range.

What MM is a good wetsuit?

As a rule of thumb in Ireland you will need a 5/3 or 5/4 wetsuit if you want to be able to use it all year round for sports like surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. If you are looking for a wetsuit for swimming a 3/2 in the winter and a 2mm shorty in the summer would be what we would recommend.

What is a 2mm wetsuit?

A 2/2 wetsuit is made entirely of 2mm thick neoprene. 6/5/4 mm. 39-46°F.

What size am I in a wetsuit?

Men’s O’Neill Wetsuit & Rashguard Size Chart

Sizes Height Weight (lbs)
MS 5’6.5″ – 5’8.5″ 145 – 165
MT 6’1″ – 6’3″ 160 – 180
L 5’10” – 6′ 170 – 190
LS 5’7.5″ – 5’9.5″ 160 – 180

What does wetsuit 3 2mm mean?

3/2 mm means, for example, that the neoprene has a thickness of 3 mm on the torso and 2 mm on the legs and arms. Most wetsuits have a difference of 1-2 mm, because the warmth effect is more important on the body and the flexibility on the arms and legs.