HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR DIVING SUIT?

VIDEO TUTORIAL

CHOOSE BY WATER TEMPERATURE 

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Water between 10 and 18°C

For cold water, use a suit with 7 mm or more of neoprene.

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Water between 16 and 24°C

For temperate water, use a suit with 5.5 mm of neoprene.

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Water over to 25°C

For warm water, go for a suit with 3 mm of neoprene, or a shorty.

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                                  WETSUITS

These are the most common! A wet suit is made of neoprene - rubber polymer filled with air bubbles – with a thickness between 0.5 and 8 mm.

What does it do? It traps water between the suit and your body, so it warms up and creates a thermal barrier between your skin and the outside.

There are a large number of wetsuit models : for warm to very cold seas, from just a top to a shorty or a full body suit, for men, women and children. These models can close either in back or in front (easier to close). These flexible and versatile suits are suitable for snorkeling and diving.

When purchasing, keep in mind that their flexibility decreases with thickness and depends on the qualities of the cut and neoprene.

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                               SEMI-DRY SUITS

These are wetsuits with little or no water circulating inside, thanks to seals at the neck, wrists and ankles, coupled with a watertight horizontal back closure. As the water inside doesn't circulate, there is less energy loss. Even though the body is wet, the major advantage of these suits is they retain heat during your dive.

Warning : a semi-dry suit requires someone else’s help to close it. Nevertheless : these suits are increasingly appreciated by recreational divers in waters of 10 to 20°C. It is a good compromise between ease of use, waterproofing and thermal comfort. Try one!

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                                   DRY SUITS

In this case, thermal protection is provided by the clothing that you wear under the dry suit or by the dry suit itself, depending on its material - coated fabric or neoprene, respectively - plus a layer of air that you adjust just like a BCD.

They're especially suitable for experienced divers who praise their efficiency in very cold water or during long rebreather dives. However, a dry suit is less tough, requires regular maintenance and is quite expensive.
There are no dry suits in the Subea range.

ADJUST YOUR THICKNESS TO ADJUST YOUR WARMTH!

When divIg, the cold is your worst enemy! In addition to your one-piece, don’t hesitate to put on more layers of neoprene...
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To avoid having a suit for each condition, several products can be added to your suit depending on the temperature.
Improve your thermal insulation with a hood, a neoprene undershirt, a neoprene top with a hood, a 1 mm under-shorty or a 5.5 mm over-shorty.

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                            Alexandre, retail assistant at Decathlon in Toulon

                            I'm 33 years old. I'm a retail assistant at Decathlon in Toulon and have been a diving instructor for 4 years. Before joining Decathlon, I was in the Navy where I went on a lot of operational dives. During my time in the Navy, I got my diving certificate, which got me to the equivalent of FFESSM (French Federation of Undersea Studies and Sports) Level 3 today.

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