Why You Should Wear a Wetsuit (and How to Choose the Right One)
Whether you’re swimming, paddling, diving, doing triathlons or surfing, there are tons of benefits to wearing wetsuits to keep you warmer, more flexible, and more buoyant in the water—and the fact that they can double as some of the most stylish cold-weather outfits on land doesn’t hurt either! Here’s why you should wear an Orca wetsuit (and how to choose the right one).
1 – Peace of Mind
Here are some of the main reasons why you might consider buying a wetsuit:
- Peace of Mind Knowing that your body is going to be kept at a temperature you to focus.
- Keeping warm after getting out of the water.
- Access to bodyboarding, surfing and more.
- Saving money on travel gear costs nothing more than a couple of minutes after the surf session!
2 – Float easier
Wetsuits are designed for a variety of water sports and activities, but they all have one thing in common: neoprene. This material is a lot more buoyant than standard fabric, so it makes you float higher in water than you would without a wetsuit. This characteristic is perfect for snorkelling, diving, surfing, kite surfing, or any other time when you’re in water up to your chest. The neoprene can also help improve your swimming stroke and buoyancy if you decide to focus on these aspects of your game.
3 – Swim faster
The thin layer of water that can actually flow through and around your wetsuit provides you with less drag when you’re swimming. As your wetsuit’s neoprene expands and contracts, it repels water away, meaning you can actually swim faster and glide easier through. Plus, because so much heat is transferred in liquid form by touch and transfer, wearing a wet suit helps keep heat inside your body. Your body feels warmer because it retains the heat you already have instead of pulling warmth from the surrounding environment.
4 – Be more confident
Wearing a wetsuit will make you more confident when you are in the water. There is an added buoyancy that will help keep you safe and afloat, which will feel good after a while. Additionally, if you want to be able to touch the bottom of your pool or body of water while swimming laps, it’s important that your legs are longer than in traditional bathing suits and because of this difference it can be harder for them to reach down into the water. But with a wetsuit on your legs won’t ever have this problem! It also helps protect your skin from damage due to UV rays during sun exposure.
5 – Safety
A wetsuit helps keep your body at a safe temperature. The neoprene keeps water from touching your skin, which helps keep you warm in cold water. Your core temperature is much higher than that of your skin and a wet suit acts as insulation by keeping it insulated from colder water. Without the layer of protection between your skin and cold water, this can cause hypothermia which is something we want to avoid when in freezing conditions!
The easiest way to decide on whether or not you should purchase a wetsuit is by answering this question: will I be diving, surfing, or spending any significant amount of time in cold water? If you answered yes, then you need a wetsuit.