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Wetsuits & Thermal

Practical Swimwear for all Seasons

If you want to enjoy the water all year round then wetsuits are essential.  They can keep you warm in the cooler months and also provide you with more protection against UV light and any debris in the water.  You can find a range of top quality wetsuits online at the Swimwear Shack now.

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Choosing the Perfect Women’s Wetsuit

There are many different styles and designs of women’s wetsuits on the market.  This will give you plenty of choice when it comes to buying your wetsuit. Make sure you take the time to shop around and find the right wetsuit for your needs.

Wetsuit Types

You need to think carefully about what you want to do in the water.  Many wetsuits are designed for specific uses and this can help you to narrow down your choices.  For example:

-If you want to take part in active water sports such as swimming or surfing then you will need a wetsuit with plenty of flexibility.  Many surfers prefer thin shorties (short cut arm and leg sections) as this provides more freedom of movement.  You can always make lightweight shorties a bit warmer by adding a rashie.

-If you are going diving then wetsuit warmth is important.  The further you dive down and the longer you spend in the water the more thermal protection you will need.  For scuba and free diving in summer waters a good option is a 2/3mm suit. This should provide you with both warmth and flexibility. You can get up to a 7mm wetsuits for diving in the colder months as well.

The Perfect Fit

Fit is essential when you are buying a wetsuit. If the wetsuit is too tight it can be difficult to put on and may impair freedom of movement in the water.  Tight wetsuits can also cause painful chafing and rubbing.  Loose wetsuits can let in too much water.  This will not only negate their thermal properties but will also be very uncomfortable.  Here are just a few tips to help you find the perfect fit:

-If you are buying online or from a catalogue you will need to make sure you take your own measurements carefully and compare them against manufacturer’s sizing charts. 

-You should also consider trying on a few wetsuits from specialist outlets.  This will give you more of an idea about which sizes and styles would best suit you.

-Although there are many unisex wetsuits on offer it is a good idea to buy a wetsuit that is designed for women.  This will be cut to a naturally feminine figure with slightly more generous hips and less width across the shoulders. 

-Many women can find unisex suits are a little tight around the bottom half and this can make them difficult to put on.