How to Choose a Wet Suit

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There are many different types of wet suits that can be used for scuba diving or other water sports, and each offers different degrees of protection and coverage. Choose the right wet suit for a particular activity or climate with helpful advice from the owner of a Miami dive store in this free video on scuba diving.

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Hi my name is Valerie Kervorkian, and I am with Tarpoon Lagoon Dive Center, Miami Beach, Florida. In this clip I am going to show you how to choose the proper wet suit. First of all what is a wet suit? A wet suit is an exposure suit that a diver wears when wanting to protect themselves against the environment or to stay warm in the water. Depending on what type of water you are going to be diving in will depend on the thickness, and the type of suit that one chooses. In diving in tropical waters you may want to choose something that we call a shortie or a short wet suit. It is a wet suit that has short arms and short legs. So it is a little bit of protection without covering your entire body. If you choose to cover your entire body you may want a thin suit called a skin or a Lycra suit. This is a little bit different in that it is very thin. It is made out of Lycra, it is very stretchy, the arms are long, and so are the legs. So this way you get full protection. Again this is good for tropical waters. It has a front zipper, so it is very easy to get in and out of. If you want a little bit more protection for staying warm in the water you may want to choose a suit that is called a full wet suit, and this particular one is three millimeters thick. It has zippers on the sleeves, it also has zippers on the legs, which enables you to get in and out of the wet suit quite simply. The zipper on this wet suit is on the back so it has a pull, and it makes it very easy to fit on, and wear comfortably. There's lots of different styles, and choices as far as colors go. Here is another choice this one is made out of a little stretchier material. Again it is a three millimeter wet suit, long sleeves, and long legs. This one does not have the zippers. It is strictly your preference whether you want the zippers or not just make sure that the wet suit fits you properly. Once again this has been Valerie Kervorkian, and thank you for watching.

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