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How to choose the diving wetsuit ?

The wetsuit is essential diving equipment, it helps protect against thermal damage. It exists on the market dive, a significant number of wetsuits and the choice is never easy especially for a beginner diver, this is why we offer you advice in order to facilitate this choice. The price of a wetsuit is determined by several reasons, its thickness, stitching and features. It is essential to define your needs to choose the wetsuit for you!


Why use a diving suit?


Water cools the body much faster than air and the feeling of cold can make a very uncomfortable diving or even dangerous.

Choosing diving wetsuits

To choose his diving wetsuit, he must first ask the following questions: 

  • What is the temperature of the water in which I dive?
  • Is I dive independently or sling load?
  • What is my budget?

The current trend is wetsuit one piece that combines comfort and attractive prices. Easier to put that the wetsuits in two-piece.


These answers are used to define the type of diving wetsuit to be chosen:


The semi-dry diving suit will be better for a autonomous diver that a diver in group, for reasons of ease of movement.

The diving wetsuit meets all temperatures as the retaining neoprene thickness (3 mm, 5 mm or 7 mm) within a reasonable budget. The thickness of the diving suit is chosen mainly according to the temperature of the water in which you dive. The neoprene or trilaminated thickness is probably the most important factor that will determine your comfort underwater.

How to choose your thickness of diving wetsuit?

  • Diving suit 2 mm : above 29°C
  • diving suit 3 mm: warmer waters (better than 21°C)
  • diving suit 5 mm temperate waters (between 16 – 20 °C)
  • 7 mm diving suit: cold water (between 10 – 20°C)

For very cold water, the diver must move towards a dry suit. Dry suits are ideal for long dives in cold waters or deep, they are usually reserved for experienced divers because their use requires a certification and specific training. Gloves and booties specific help ensure thermal insulation and protection of the diver.


In diving wetsuits, you still have the choice between:

  • Overalls + jacket: for cold water.
  • The piece with or without hood: for temperate or warm waters.
  • piece + jacket or shorty: multi-purpose.

The watertight diving suit (technical diving TEK) effectively responds to diving in cold water or in depth but in a higher budget. Caution regarding size, diving suit must be close to the body but without compressing you!!


Choosing the right size, the simplest is to try wetsuit or joining our experts by phone who will dive according to the data information, help you find the right size. Or take a look at our Size guide because sizes vary from each manufacturer.


To avoid damaging your wetsuit and properly maintained, avoid the sun and rinse with fresh water!


Scubaland offer a wide range of diving wetsuits for beginners divers or professional.



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