Selecting Your Scuba Diving Wet Suit
Your scuba suit and clothing accessories will depend on where you’re diving and what you’re doing when you dive. For example, spearfishing is usually done in warmer, shallower waters, so a warm-water wet suit or short may be best.
Wet suit shorties are intended for warmer water because they don’t provide as much protection from cold water or sea critters, like a full-body wetsuit does. The shorts are perfect for quick summer dives when the water is about 75-85 degrees or more. Unrestricted movement is their biggest advantage, which also makes them great for snorkeling.
Warm-water wet suits are usually ½ mm to 3 mm thick and ideal for Florida waters.
Cold temperature water wet suits are typically 4 mm to 6 mm thick and are good for deeper dives.
Cold-water wetsuits are designed to withstand temperatures as low as 45 degrees, like the Northern U.S. coasts, and are 6.5 mm to 7 mm thick. If you’re planning on scuba diving in colder temperatures, you need to invest in a dry suit.
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