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Scuba Wetsuit Buyers Guide

Top 10 Tips to find the best scuba diving wetsuit for you.

Topics discussed in this video.

00:00 Introduction
00:51 Thermal Rating
02:23 Neoprene Thickness
04:53 Neoprene Alternatives
06:27 Internal Lining
08:18 Proper Fit
10:40 Wetsuit Pockets
11:55 Neoprene Stretch
13:02 Tall & Broad
15:03 Semi-Dry
16:47 Special Features

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xineis
xineis
10 months ago

Wow, I must feel colder than most then! There is no way I could use a 5 mm wetsuit in 15 ºC waters… 2 x 40 min dives on 21 ºC and I’m freeezing. So now I’m about to migrate into drysuits!

Milad Cerkic
Milad Cerkic
Reply to  xineis
9 months ago

Totally feel you, @xineis! 😄 Can’t imagine 5mm in 15ºC either! 🥶 I’m all about 3mm or shorty above 25ºC, 5mm for 20-25ºC, and semi-dry below 19ºC. Excited to switch to drysuit soon – except when teaching! 🌊👌

Stormblessed
Stormblessed
10 months ago

Can you please make a more elaborate video about the alternative materials? And also if they are worth checking out for people who don’t have neoprene allergies

Captain will
Captain will
10 months ago

I dive in quebec canada , so 14mm two piece wet suit and 3 fingers mits day in day out

Alias Incognito
Alias Incognito
Reply to  Captain will
10 months ago

Absurd. That’s a dry suit for me.

Captain will
Captain will
Reply to  Captain will
10 months ago

@Alias Incognito what is absurd in my opinion is the cost of the whole drysuit system (undergarment glove system and the suit itself) wich cost several thousands of dollars and requires maintenance and repairs that are also another expense (cuff seals, neck dam , boots etc) i dont have the buget for running a drysuit so i have a tick wet suit , ive been using it for a decade and im perfectly fine with it

xineis
xineis
Reply to  Captain will
10 months ago

@Captain will You could buy a neoprene drysuit. There is less need for thick/expensive undergarments and repairs should be similar to neoprene wetsuits (that will eventually need repairs anyway).

TheAMGReviewers
TheAMGReviewers
Reply to  Captain will
9 months ago

​@xineis repairs to the inflation valve are not cheap, plus it’s another failure point

Copy_Righta
Copy_Righta
10 months ago

What a great video. Thank you so much for your tips. Is there a similar video on your channel about drysuits?

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Copy_Righta
10 months ago

Not yet, I’m working my way through the range of scuba gear. I did make a Top10 Drysuit video not that long ago: https://youtu.be/O2yRWJHzg-A

Copy_Righta
Copy_Righta
Reply to  Copy_Righta
10 months ago

@Scuba Diver Magazine thank you very much. I will check that out!🙏🏾

souswes
souswes
10 months ago

Great tips mark! I keep a dry suit, a semi-dry, and a hodge podge of 3 mm shorty/ 5 mm surface rescue/ 1 mm pants and rash guards to cover the rest in layers.

Just did 2 dives today in 16 C water assisting with an OW student….wearing my 8/7 semi dry because I’m a baby.😂

Original KK
Original KK
10 months ago

After training in the UK in a 6.5mm semi-dry, most of my diving has been in warm waters. In the Caribbean in the winter (79-82F) I ended up with a nice quality 5/3mm O’Neill diving full suit, and still felt a chill after 2 boat dives. I ended up wearing a 1.5 jacket underneath. This was mainly taking photos, so not a vast amount of swimming around especially on the 2nd dive. A single shore dive was fine in a 1.5mm jacket and board shorts. In the summer, no neoprene needed.

Peter Panci
Peter Panci
10 months ago

Thank you again for a very good video.

A Y
A Y
9 months ago

I have a good quality surf wetsuit, can I use it for scuba diving?

stolfyadventures
stolfyadventures
9 months ago

Great stuff! Personally I actually use a 5mm semidry here in the Sydney region of Australia and a standard 3mm in warmer waters

Norma T. Leon
Norma T. Leon
7 months ago

Great video! I Dive in the NE from May to October and the Caribbean. Btwn my 5MM & 3MM wetsuits, 4MM Sharkskin Jacket & 2MM Lavacore full suit, and two skins, (+5/3MM hood), they cover all my temperature needs from 45°F +, but I can’t dive colder than 55°F as my exposed skin can’t handle the frigid temps. Then again I was raised in the NE ocean as a kid and went in with just my bathing suit every Memorial Day until I turned 40..

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