Swimming Pool Closed? Try Alternatives.
During this Coronavirus pandemic, we get the sense from our customers that a lot of you are feeling trapped and looking for a way to bring some exercise into your day. Several of you have expressed that swimming pools are closed and you are looking to your own unheated pools, lakes, inter coastal waterways, and beaches for swimming. We have a wetsuit for just about every budget and we would be happy to assist you with your sizing and selection.
Best Wetsuits features for Recreational Swimming
Your wetsuit choice does not have to break the bank. For lap swimmers, we recommend a wetsuit with flexible shoulders you will benefit from unrestricted movement while swimming. Below we will show you some options for warmer waters, cool waters, and cold waters
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- When selecting your swimming spot weather it be a lake, inter coastal or open ocean it is important to do your home work. Keep an eye on the wind, the current, tide changes, motor craft, the water temperature and consider a kick board or floatation device until you are secure and comfortable in the water.
- Bring a partner, let someone know where you are going and have a plan.
- Have a check list so that you know what to bring. Think about your gear: Goggles, anti-fog, wetsuit, gloves, hood, swim socks, a bag for your wetsuit and a set of dry clothes.
Affordable Swimming Wetsuits By Temp & Thickness
Pros and Cons of Triathlon Wetsuits for Swimming
- PROS: Stretchy because they do not have an external lament on the rubber of the suit, this creates less friction in the water.
- CONS: Not having a lament on the rubber of the wetsuit makes it very fragile and easy to tear by pulling or your finger nails.
- PROS: Buoyant and gives you a little more float in the water.
- CONS: Only should be used for swimming and not other sports. These suits can tear easily and sitting or rubbing jagged surfaces can damage them.
Temperature Guide and Wetsuits
- When selecting a wetsuit to swim in keep in mind the temperature of the water you are swimming in and select a wetsuit thickness that accommodates that temperature.
- 72° degrees Fahrenheit and above. Below you will see 1mm full wetsuits for warmer waters, these wetsuits work well for taking that slight bit of chill out of the water. A full wetsuit protects your skin from sun and some of the elements in the water.
- 60°-72° degrees Fahrenheit or above: If you get cold easily, I would recommend a 2mm or 3mm thick wetsuits even in slightly warmer waters. Every body type is different so use your best judgement. There are several sleeveless, full lengths and springsuit options.
- Once you know you know the temperature of the water you are looking to swim in, you can look at the variety of wetsuits to see their temperature ratings.
- 52°-60° Fahrenheit degrees and above: If you are going in cold waters, protect yourself. Wetsuits in the 4/3mm, 5mm and above wetsuits can be great matches. Remember 7mm wetsuits are not recommended to swim in unless you are scuba diving. 7mm wetsuits are very thick and therefore more difficult to move in. The are designed for diving and appropriate for underwater swimming with scuba gear.
Triathlon Wetsuits for Recreational Swimming
Let's take a look at the NeoSport NRG triathlon wetsuit features both beginner and veteran swimmers.
- The NRG Sleeveless features liberal arm openings to further enhance swim efficiency, while the arm area is constructed of interior Nylon laminated neoprene trimmed in soft Lycra, ensuring a comfortable and secure seal to minimize water entry.
- Supple mid-calf leg openings increase kick efficiency and decrease drag, while the wider exit openings curtail heel snag, speeding up transition times.
- The EZ Out zipper stays put in the water. An adjustable collar provides precise fit and minimizes unwanted water entry.
- Smooth, narrow contours eliminate neck chafe.
- Glued and sewn seams increase hydrodynamics and mean the suit will last race after race. Seven sizing options mean there is a suit that's just right for you.
Juniors & Children's Wetsuits
- When selecting a wetsuit for your junior or toddler here are a few things to consider.
- Use the size chart and keep the fit snug. When the suit fits properly it will keep them warm. You want just a small amount of water to come into the suit and heat up from their body to provide thermal protection.
- Springsuits are typically for cooler waters because they have short sleeves and legs. If you are going into colder waters, consider a 3/2mm full wetsuit that full length arms and legs. If your child gets cold quickly consider a 4/3mm wetsuit that is thicker. The thicker the wetsuit, the warmer your child will be.
How to determine your wetsuit size?
- Your clothing size does not reflect your wetsuit size. Wetsuits are skin tight and each company has a completely different size chart for their wetsuits.
- The first thing you want to do is take a look at the manufacturer's size chart for the wetsuit that you are interested in.
- Your wetsuit should fit comfortably and snug. You should be able to breath freely and move your arms and legs. Wetsuits work by allowing a small amount of water inside the suit that your body heats up. If your wetsuit is too large it will allow too much water to flush in and out of your suit and your body will not be able to warm it up.
Activities to do in the water to stay active.
- Being out doors is a great way to relax and uplift your spirits. We hear from our customers and they share the types of activities they participate in such as: Diving, open water swimming, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), wakeboarding and more.
- We recommend if you are venturing out to new bodies of water to consider wearing swim fins, a mask, and a snorkel. We also recommend bringing a floatation device, if you are with family it is a great way to stay together.
- We carry a variety of wetsuits and skinsuits for the whole family. We have wetsuits for every price point.If you need help with sizing and selection, feel free to contact us, we are happy to help.
How to measure myself for my wetsuit?
- If you don't have a tailors flexible measuring tape, don't worry. You can to get your measurements by using a piece of string and wrap it around your body and then lay the string flat on a tape measure to get your measurements. Anything you can wrap around your body like a belt, string, etc. is great to use and then lay it on a measuring tape.
Plus size wetsuits and pricing.
- There are very few wetsuits that carry true plus sizes. Wetsuits have become more stretchy over the years. Wetsuits that have more stretch typically cost more because the materials to make them more stretchy cost more. Wetsuits with more stretch are much easier to put on and take off.
- Wetsuits that are in the plus-size range cost more for manufacturers to produce, package, and ship.
Tips for putting on your wetsuit.
- All body types can use these tips for putting on your wetsuit. First, plastic bags on your feet and hands can help reduce friction getting your suit on. Putting a hair conditioner on the bags or on your skin can also reduce friction and increase glide.
- Make sure to pull up your wetsuit above your ankles so that you have enough material to get up in your groin area. When you take your time and make sure your pants feel snug up around your waist you not leave extra material in the legs and this give you a more precise fit in the chest and neck.
- When wetsuits feel tight in the neck and shoulders, often the issue is because the wetsuit is nut up the legs enough and there is material left in the legs.
- If you are putting on a triathlon wetsuit do not use your finger nails, we recommend wearing cotton gloves, you can tear the wetsuit.