Why You Should Buy a Wetsuit

02 Nov.,2022


benefits of a wetsuit

Why You Should Buy a Wetsuit

Special guest article by Sammy the roaming surfer and blogger.

Whether you are going abroad or simply heading to the UK coastline, if you are planning on spending prolonged periods of time in the sea, then investing in a wetsuit is a purchase that you won’t regret.

Owning a wetsuit is beneficial for everyone, from amateur to pro. Body heat is lost 20 times more in water than air due to the higher density, encouraging more conduction. So you don’t have to be the world’s biggest water enthusiast to feel the need to keep warm.

"Wetsuits aren't just for surfers or divers - they're practical and convenient for everyone"Having that layer of neoprene over your body will insulate and protect you from all weather conditions and temperatures. The way in which a wetsuit is designed to function is that it allows water to enter, trapping a thin layer between your skin and the wetsuit, which your body then heats up. Having a good wetsuit that fits you correctly, can give you the option to spend as much time in the water as you may desire. From personal experience it can get so frustrating when you have to get out of the sea early; not because you are tired or not enjoying yourself but because you are cold and uncomfortable. Investing in a good wetsuit was one of my best equipment purchases.

Once you have invested in a wetsuit there are plenty of water-based activities that it will be useful for. Wetsuits aren’t just for surfers or divers, they are extremely practical and convenient for when you decide to go snorkelling, have a go at wakeboarding for the first time, or dare to go sea swimming and coasteering.

Kids Wetsuits

Kids wetsuits are perfect for family trips to the beach. By putting your child in a wetsuit at the beginning of the beach day, it ensures that they will remain warm throughout. Giving them full reign to spend as much time playing and splashing around in the water as they wish. It will also leave you feeling at rest, knowing that they are fully protected from the sun. A win-win for both of you, giving the whole family a great beach experience!

"If it's too hot for a wetsuit, try a rash vest instead"The best wetsuits for children are shorty wetsuits; wetsuits that have short legs that end just above the knees and short sleeves. These wetsuits are popular as they keep them warm, whilst still allowing them to have room to move and play freely. If it is too hot for them to be wearing a wetsuit, then why not dress them in a rash vest instead. You can purchase rash vests that are stylish yet will still keep them warm and reduce the amount of sunscreen needed for your child’s sensitive skin.

Which suit should you go for?

With multiple brands selling wetsuits at a variation of prices and new technologies on the market, choosing the best suit for you and for your children can sometimes feel intimidating. The wetsuit that you choose will greatly depend on the weather conditions that you plan to wear it in and how often you plan on using it.

A few all rounder wetsuits that I would recommend are the Billabong Foil for men, GUL Response for the ladies and the Billabong Junior Intruder for kids. Also a good tip if you are watching your pennies but also don’t want to compromise on the quality of the wetsuit, check out the deals on wetsuit models from the previous year.

I hope that this article has inspired you to invest in a wetsuit for when you next hit the sea. And for more advice on wetsuit thickness, design and how to know whether it fits you correctly, check out my article on buying a new wetsuit here.