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#64401 - 10/30/12 09:30 PM New at Diving and need some advice on Wetsuits
Andra Offline
new diver

Registered: 10/29/12
Posts: 3
Hi there, i just got certified in September and have some questions regarding wetsuits. of course, if possible, for now i would like to get one wetsuit to fill a couple of different needs, so need some help.

i live in Saskatchewan, Canada and plan to dive in the lakes here, but NOT in winter time. probably only June-september kind of thing. we are also taking a tript to Cozumel in March so need to possibly find one wetsuit to fill both needs. i was talked into buying a 2ml shorty, which is pretty much useless and doesn't even keep me warm in the pool.

we went to a scuba store on the weekend and i can get a 5ml full suit (bare-elastik) for $225 but i don't know if that's what i need. the lady there said that i could use that and then buy another 5 or 7 ml overlay type suit with a hood on it for another $200, but...?

Can i please get some guidance here? i'm also a bit worried becuase the size 12 is a TINY bit too big, but i can barely breath in the size 10. the lady at the store thought i needed the size 10, as it will get a bit bigger in the water but it felt pretty tight. like it was making it tough to breath. The only wetsuit that i have ever used in a Saskatchwean lake was a size 12 mens and it was terrible. i constantly had cold water rushing in through my neck so not fun.

any ideas?

thanks so much!
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#64402 - 11/02/12 11:57 AM Re: New at Diving and need some advice on Wetsuits [Re: Andra]
BobG Offline
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Registered: 06/18/05
Posts: 424
Loc: Irvine, CA
Everything in a wetsuit is determined by the water temperatures you plan on using the suit in. For water temps of 75-85F a warm water suit of 3mm or even less at times is fine. In temperate waters, 60-75F a 5mm suit is recommended and for waters colder than that, a 7mm or a 7/5 suit would be the choice.

Generally speaking, adding a layer to a suit can help, but you are always far better off getting a proper fitting suit of the correct thickness than you are adding layers of something to a suit, even a layer of neoprene over neoprene.

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