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world-dives.ukBuying a brand new is all about personal choice.  this wetsuit background will be the beginning of making a choice.   It depends on a number of things, firstly and most importantly what is the reason you are buying?  Have you tried a sport and really like it but got fed up with renting and the issues that arise when you do that.

So whether your sport is sailing canoeing or scuba diving there is a suit here for you.

when you know your sport.  Where are you going to use it?  What I mean there is do you intend using it in cold or warm water?  That will guide you in how thick the suit and the types of seams are best for you.  This will lead you to a price range for your suit.  As you see in all aspects of life you cannot scrimp on quality, so always buy the best quality suit you can afford. 

The sort of thing worth considering apart from the water temperature and thinking of your chosen sport, what do I expect my suit to do, If my sport is surfing, what is your expectation?  Surfers paddle a lot, so you need the suit to be comfortable to do that, a nice stretchy material would be best here.  

Consideration of the style of your suit?  are you looking for a shorty or a full length suit.  Obviously A shorty is best for warmer waters or the odd day in the UK!

Here is some wetsuit background information that you might find useful. 

Here we deal with background like who invented, who wears, how it works etc.  to give you the best option for buying a wetsuit. 

Here we try to guide you through to buy the right wetsuit for you.

Wetsuits – what are they?

world-dives.ukA wetsuit is a usually black garment made of neoprene, though can be other types.  The main purpose of a wetsuit is to keep your core body temperature high an so much as a thermal insulation between your body and the water to give you maximum time to enjoy your sport,   Its designed to protect you from harm whilst in the water.  Its worn as thermal insulation but helps with  abrasion ultraviolet light and stings etc.  The wetsuit should also assist in buoyancy whilst in the water. 

Who wears a wetsuit?

Generally a wetsuit is worn by anyone who engages in watersport.  From surfing to diving, windsurfers to canoeists all wear a suit for protection. 

Where are wetsuits manufactured

The biggest manufacturer of wetsuits is Sheico Group based in Taiwan.  They manufacture for   Bilabong, O’Neill, Quicksilver, Rip Curl.  They have over 40 years of experience in design of wetsuits.  They have suits for  all designs and abilities.  All Sheico suits are made from oil based neoprene. 

Patagonia Yulex wetsuits are manufactured in California since 2005.  Its suits are constructed with natural rubber from hevea trees that are Forest Stewardship Council® certified by the Rainforest Alliance.  More information here.   Light, warm and ultra-stretchy, our Yulex® wetsuits combine maximum performance and minimum harm–with no compromise to either. 

What is the difference between a wetsuit and a drysuit?

As explained above a wetsuit is a close fitting garment that has various thicknesses dependant on you and the environment being used. Its the heat of your body that warms the water between the suit and your body that forms the barrier keeping you warm.

A drysuit is a loose fitting garment.  It allows you to wear other layers to insulate.  The insulation is made by air  and is controlled by valves, which requires training and experience.

What are wetsuits made of?

Over 96% of the worlds wetsuits are made from Neoprene which is a synthetic rubber .  There are different types of Neoprene which is an important point when deciding on your type of suit to buy.  There are a small number of suits made from natural rubber. 

Who invented wetsuits?

Hugh Bradner from the University of California, Berkley is considered to be the original inventor from the mid 1950s.  Jack O’Neill started to use neoprene as an insulating material.  O’Neill went on to start his own successful company. 

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