Wetsuits Versus Drysuits for Scuba Diving
A lot of people who have never engaged in scuba diving do not know whether wetsuits are better than dry suits or if the vice versa is true. Both types are actually quite good and are highly recommended but they work well for different climatic conditions. A dry suit will be the ideal choice for you if you intend to scuba dive in cold areas. If you are scuba diving in a warm area on the other hand, a wetsuit is the best choice.
A lot of divers have both wetsuits and dry suits because they act as insulators and protect one from the cold winter air and cold-water temperature so one does not suffer from illnesses such as hypothermia. They are also used in inland surfing sports such as wake surfing and Whitewater stand up paddle boarding. Both the wetsuit and the dry suit typically perform the same function, which is ensuring that the diver is warm and comfortable as they dive in the water. The main differences between the suits lie in their materials and intended purpose. This article will be looking at the major differences between wetsuits and dry suits so you can be in a position to make the best choice.
The first suit we are going to look at is the dry suit. Dry suits are preferred for extremely cold waters because they will keep you warmer than a regular wetsuit. Dry suits are preferred for cold waters because they are thin and loose fitting so you can be able to wear other clothes underneath them. Most dry suits are made up of either membrane or neoprene or both because both materials are waterproof. It is important to note that dry suits are not designed to work on their own which is why you have to wear undergarments when you have a dry suit on. Dry suits are a bit more difficult to use than wetsuits because they trap air that could cause buoyancy. For effective use, you will need to take a special course so you can learn how to manage the buoyancy in the suit.
Secondly, we have the wetsuit. If you are diver in cool or warm waters, then a wetsuit is the best choice for you. Unlike the dry suits, wetsuits are fitted tightly around the body. Although all wetsuits are made of neoprene, you can have the thickness of your suit either increased or decreased so it can fit your specific surfing or diving needs. Wetsuits protect you from the cold by trapping a thin layer of water between your body and the suit when you get into the water. Your body will then warm the water so you can dive or surf at body temperature. Go for wetsuits during the summer and dry suits during the winter.