Wetsuits are made of foamed neoprene, which is a synthetic type of an elastic material encapsulating very small gas bubbles, e.g., of nitrogen. The insulation properties of neoprene foam depend mainly on the number and volume of gas bubbles enclosed within the material, which reduce, to a certain (small or large) extent, its ability to conduct heat. The bigger and more plentiful the bubbles, the higher the thermal insulation and the higher, of course, the buoyancy provided by the wetsuit.
A wetsuit with a smooth skin neoprene exterior and an open-cell interior lining provides the highest thermal protection but is also more fragile and difficult to put on and take off. This high-quality and, usually, more expensive neoprene wetsuit helps freedivers feel more streamlined and unrestricted under water. The open-cell lining clings onto your skin and a lubricant, like shampoo, may be needed to put it on.
A freediving wetsuit should be snug but not too tight, as this restricts normal breathing. When trying on a new wetsuit, take into account that it feels looser in the water than on dry land. Please note that, as one goes deeper, the water pressure squeezes their suit, gradually making it thinner and reducing its thermal protection and buoyancy. Finally, consider the water temperature you generally freedive in, as well as your tolerance to cold.
Selecting the appropriate wetsuit is particularly important both in freediving and in spearfishing. No matter what the conditions above the surface are, a high-quality wetsuit is always a wise choice to protect yourself from cold, sunburn, stinging marine life, and scratches from rocks or reefs. Don’t hesitate to ask us for more details about a custom-made wetsuit of high-quality, flexible material created with proper craftsmanship.
Whichever wetsuit you choose to purchase, whether it be one-piece, two-piece, open-cell, single-lined, double-lined, smooth skin, coated cell, https://www.instagram.com/freedivegreece/ has the experience and the know-how to help you get it right!