Spearfishing Wetsuits: How to choose the right wetsuit

A great video explaining what to consider when buying a wetsuit

One of the essential pieces of gear for spearfishing is a wetsuit. Wearing a wetsuit serves a number of purposes from keeping you warm to protecting you from underwater dangers such as abrasions from coral reefs or getting stung by jellyfish. It also provides you protection from the sun and can stop cutting you by rubbing their spines against you.

Materials

There are two different layers in a spearfishing wetsuit. The outer layer is made of neoprene, which provides more warmth and insulation while the inner layer can be made from either the open cell or closed cell design.

Closed cell suits are the most popular and are the common style. The inside is a flexible neoprene foam, which slips on easily. Closed cell wetsuits tend to be more durable than other styles.

Open-cell suits have open neoprene on the inside, which can be quite sticky yet stretchy. This means that an open cell wet suit might tear if someone tries to put it on without the right lubricant, however once on they are extremely warm and help keep you in the water for longer periods of time.

Styles

Spearfishing wetsuits come in a couple of different styles. You have the one piece, full body wetsuit (often known as a steamer) or the two piece wetsuit.  

One piece (steamer)

The one piece wetsuit is a fully body wetsuit covering you from head to toe. Most one piece wetsuits have a zip at the from or the back of the wetsuit.

Much quicker to get on and off than two pieces, the one piece wetsuit is often used in warmer waters as they are usually thinner than two piece suits.

Two piece

The two piece suit is made up of…well you guessed it, two pieces being a wetsuit jacket and waist high pants with straps that go up and over your shoulders.

The overlap between both the jacket and the pants provides extra warmth around the waist and chest area making this type the preferred suit for spearos diving in colder waters.

Thickness

Spearfishing wetsuits vary in thickness from 2mm all the way up to 7mm. Therefore, before choosing a suit it’s best to drop into one of the local spearfishing stores in WA and have a chat with the owners for recommended thickness based on where you plan to dive and what time of year.

Colour

Spearfishing wetsuits come in so many different colours, though common colours to ensure you blend in with your natural surroundings include camo blend colours such as greens, browns and blues, as well as black.

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