We can choose different scuba fabric clothes according to our needs. Because wetsuits can not only keep you warm, but also protect you from scratches, stabs, and abrasions from coral reefs.
Generally speaking, there are three basic styles popular in the market, namely
- Jellyfish clothing (tights)
- Wet wetsuit
- Dry wetsuit.
Jellyfish suit must wear spf.
Jellyfish clothing is generally used when snorkeling, and snorkeling is a leisure activity. The water temperature is usually high and you don’t need to wear a diving suit to keep warm. But because the sunlight in these places is too hot, snorkeling takes a little long and sunscreen doesn’t work. so you need to wear a diving suit to protect yourself from the sun.
This kind of snorkeling diving suit is often made of nylon lycra (good elasticity and comfort) or polyester-lycra (slightly less flexible and comfortable, good abrasion resistance). The thickness is like that of ordinary swimwear. Some good brands also add sunscreen additives, the sun protection index is 50+. Besides sun-protection, wetsuits also have the role of preventing contact with jellyfish and other marine life, as well as the rocks.
This kind of thin diving suit for snorkeling, also known as jellyfish clothes, long-sleeved bathing suits, sunscreen bathing suits, snorkeling sunscreen suits, sunscreen diving suits and so on. They are all the same thing.
Jellyfish suit is also a type of wetsuit, which generally has the function of helping diving, and has sun-protection.
Simple wetsuit generally requires a high thickness (more than 3mm). IT provides divers with a certain buoyancy and keeping the body temperature not dropping too quick.
And the function of the jellyfish suit is comprehensive, the thickness is generally 0.5 ~ 2mm. It can also provide a certain buoyancy for divers while maintaining the body temperature will not drop too fast. Of course, the effect is not as good as a wetsuit. The advantages of
Jellyfish clothing is more convenient to put on and take off and have better sun protection and anti-snoring effects. Especially suitable for beginners of diving.
Due to their tight fit, wetsuits can often move quickly and comfortably underwater.
Depending on the materials used, drysuits are easier to carry and may create some resistance when moving underwater.
This means that after diving you will be wet through and need more time to take off.
Besides, jellyfish clothing has the difference between split and conjoined, short-sleeved and long-sleeved. The conjoined waist will not be exposed, the protection effect will be better. The split has the risk of getting sunburned, but it is easy to put on and take off. And it is usually not obtrusive when you go to the beach to play.
jellyfish clothing with long sleeves is definitely better than sunscreen with short sleeves. Choose according to your preferences.
In general, jellyfish clothing is mainly to sun-protection, when you diving that is very important!
Scuba wet wetsuit
Generally, the outer layer of the wetsuit is nylon or lycra, and the inside is foam rubber. The structure is to reduce heat exchange and prevent heat loss. As can be seen in the picture, there is still some seawater that can enter the close-fitting part. So to reduce heat exchange, you should choose a diving suit that fits as much as possible to reduce the entry of seawater.
Simply put, don’t make your clothes too loose.
But it should not be too tight. The standard of fit is: close to the body, the joints of the limbs have no effect, and the breathing is not compressed.
Wetsuit thickness selection:
Generally speaking, the main function of wetsuits is to keep warm. There are different from thicknesses and long and short sleeve styles. Wetsuits need to be selected according to different diving environments.
IT is mainly between 0.5mm-10mm.
Diving in tropical or subtropical (humidity above 27 degrees), can choose 1 to 3mm wetsuit. Generally only for travel friends can choose this type of wetsuit.
When the water temperature is low, you need a thicker wetsuit with a thickness of 5mm or more thick clothes. (Temperature below 20 degrees/ if you are afraid of cold, you can try it at a temperature below 25 degrees).
For diving in colder water temperatures (below 10 degrees), you may want to consider using a dry suit. Especially suitable for professional divers.
Wetsuit material selection:
The most common wetsuit fabrics are nylon and lycra. The central lining is made of foamed rubber, so as long as the thickness is the same. The warmth effect of the wetsuits made by the two fabrics is the same.
- The difference between the two kinds of fabrics is in its surface fabric. One is nylon fabric and the other is lycra fabric. Lycra cloth has more threads per unit area and denser knitting, so it is more wear-resistant. Besides, Lycra cloth has better elasticity, so the wetsuit made of Lycra cloth will not be deformed.
- The life of two kinds of fabrics: Lycra cloth wetsuit life will be longer than nylon cloth wetsuit.
- The price of two kinds of fabrics: Nylon fabrics have a place in the market, mainly because their prices are relatively low. In contrast, Lycra fabrics are relatively expensive.
- Non-functional choice: Because there are many colors available for Lycra fabrics on the market. If you want your diving suit to be dazzling in the water, Lycra fabrics will be a better choice.
Wetsuit style choice:
- Jellyfish suit (tights) is suitable for wearing in tropical waters. It can protect you from sunburn after the water is discharged, and it can waterproof female bites. It has elasticity, thin, similar to swimming suits, and more suitable. Friends who dive in shallow water make purchases.
- Wet wetsuit is the most common wetsuit. It has different cutting designs and thicknesses. So it can provide appropriate insulation in the water temperature range of 10 ℃ -20 ℃. Wetsuit must fit snugly to the skin to ensure that when the small amount of water entering, it can be immobile between the wetsuit and the skin. And wetsuit can maintain body temperature. So the whole body is one of the most important purchasing factors.
- Dry diving suit keeps you dry and gets good insulation.
It is the best wetsuit for recreational diving insulation, especially when the water temperature is lower than 10 ℃. But it is more expensive. And it must be specially trained when using dry suits. Learn how to control and use the inflatable.
So if you really want to study and experience diving. You can choose this type of wetsuit, which will make you see a different diving world.
How to choose a diving suit:
- Professional divers: You are recommended to buy high-quality diving suit brands. They are generally longer in the water, more suitable for long sleeves, and durable nylon fabric.
- Diving enthusiasts with or preparing to obtain a diving certificate: They are quasi-professionals or intend to become quasi-professionals. The use frequency of diving suits is not as high as that of the first category. If the funds are sufficient, you can consider 3mm or 5mm of Scubapro Thermal Tec (as mentioned earlier, the thickness is related to the speed of heat exchange). This diving suit also samples Everflex material and has TATEX knee pads, which is highly practical.
- Ordinary tourists for diving experience: If it is just a deep diving experience. You don’t need to buy them yourself, generally, qualified diving clubs have diving suits for rent.
People have cleanliness and particularly sensitive, who can prepare a set of ordinary diving sun protection clothing to wear inside.
Generally does not need to wear a diving suit when the water temperature is above 27 degrees. If it is below 20 degrees, it is necessary to wear a wet suit. If it is lower than 10 degrees, a dry suit is required.
So to go to the warm tropics, we just need to pay attention to the wet diving suit (such as Saipan).
Scuba dry wetsuit
Step 1: Understand the type of drysuit for
There are three main categories of product categories for wetsuits in the product line. They are: lightweight (mainly nylon fabric), durable The abrasive type (mainly Kadura), and the combination of lightness and wear resistance.
If you also want better breathability, you can choose a dry clothes based on Kevlar + Japanese Toray fabrics.
Step 2: Choose the scuba fabric
After knowing the type of diving clothes, we can choose different scuba fabric clothes according to our needs.
The above also tells you the main fabrics of diving dry clothes. You can refer to the fabrics given above in combination with your actual situation to choose from.
Step 3: Tailor-made
There is one thing to pay attention to when buying dry clothes, that is the size problem.
Maybe many Buddy will feel that his figure is only suitable for S \ M \ L code.
It is actually not. When buying dry clothes here, Meow Meow recommends you to tailor it!
Because of the material, choosing tailor-made clothes will not only make you more fit and comfortable but also more flexible.
The point is that the price of tailor-made clothes will be 20% -30% more expensive than that of standard sizes. But many clothes brands will have more detailed codes when providing standard sizes that can be selected.
And some conscience brands will also allow buyers to change 1-2 positions for free on the basis of standard codes.
Step 4: Understand the dry clothes brand
Diving dry clothes as one of the equipments we use, its safety and reliability must be considered first, and followed is the price.
Good dry clothes must be a world-renowned brand. So before buying, we need to have a certain understanding of the dry clothes brand. Only in this way can ensure the material and function of the dry clothes.
2: Safety certification
Drying clothes are rigorous equipment. Good drying clothes need to obtain international safety certification. They can also be obtained by serial numbers of different certification agencies.
So far, there are two relatively reliable certification bodies in the world:
CE is a public agency. Products with CE marks indicate that it has passed various inspections of certified laboratories.
Product inspection includes testing actual products to ensure that the products is safely and healthily.
For diving clothes, it should be tested in the actual operating environment to ensure maximum security.
All drying clothes are classified as personal protective equipment. And they are regulated according to European PPE Article 89/686 / EEC.
As a consumer, it is very important to ensure that the diving clothes have CE certification. It is a guarantee for safe use.
European norm and test standard for wetsuits.
This standard is divided into several categories, the first category is diving wet clothing, the second category is diving dry clothing, the third category is heat or cold-resistant clothing, and the fourth category is space clothing (ADS).
Within this standard, only wetsuits and drysuits are suitable for use with compressed gas respirators.
Under this standard, short sleeves and shorts are not recognized as wetsuits.
The EN 14225 standard is divided into four separate documents as follows:
|Suit type||Standard document|
|Actively Heated or Cooled Suits/Systems||14225-3|
|One Atmosphere Suits (ADS)||14225-4|
Compliance with the Dry Suit standard is mandatory in the EU.