Choosing a Spearfishing Wetsuit

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Choosing a Spearfishing Wetsuit

Choosing a Spearfishing Wetsuit


Hi everyone,


In this blog we are going to talk about wetsuits for spearfishing and freediving. There are a few different styles that you can get as well as colours and brands and we get asked a lot about the differences so we wanted to give you the full rundown.




There are 2 styles to choose from when looking at a wetsuit for spearfishing that include a one piece and a 2 piece. With the 2 piece wetsuits you can get these with a hooded jacket and long john pants or a hooded jacket with high waisted pants. The one piece suits generally have the zipper at the back and are easy to get on and off without needing the assistance of another diver. They are normally a 3mm in thickness and come in a varirty of colours. The 2 pieces suits tend to be a little harder to get on and off and may need assistance depending on your flexibility. They generally come standard with hoods and tend to be warmer. If you choose a 2 piece with long john pants then you will be dooubling up the thickness on your chest for extra warmth. The high waisted pants will not be as warm yet they are easy to get on and off. Both pant styles can be worn alone in the water temperature is warmer as can the jacket with a pair of board shorts and this wil give sun protection.




Depending on where you are diving and what the water temperature is will generally determine the thickness that you want to go for. The suits start from a 2mm in thickness and go up to a 7mm. The 2mm is perfect for summer tropical diving, 3mm and 5mm are the most popular thicknesses are great for all year round diving here in southern QLD where our water temperatures are between 21° to 26°. The 7mm suits are more suited for colder waters down south in VIC and SA.




The spearfishing suits come in different camo blend colours including greens, browns and blues and black also. The way that camo works no matter of the colour is by blending into the surrounding environment on the ocean floor. Diving down to the bottom and waiting for the fish to come by will allow you to use the camouflage to its best advantage to become invisible. Spearfishing is a hunting sport and when hunting, you have to wait. Some environments have more green weedy floors whilst some other are more brown and sandy floors and this is where the colour choice comes in to play. Choose the colour best suited to where you dive most. Black suits are popular to keep it simple, however these of course will not camouflage you  in to the environment.




All of the wetsuits are made from neoprene on the outer layer however there are 2 different types of inner materials to choose from and there include open cell and closed cell. Closed cell suits are the most popular and common style and you can tell these apart as the inside is a foam neoprene that slides on easily. The closed cells suits tend to be more durable and last longer. Open cell suits have an open neoprene inner where it is stretchy yet sticky. Imagine millions of tiny suction cups that all want to suction on your your bare skin as soon as they touch it. Due to this, an open cell wetsuit needs some type of lubricant to get it on and off otherwise the delicate inner material will tear easily if forced. Open cell suits are a little painful in regards to putting on however they are extremely warm and keep you diving for longer. They are stretchy and flexible which makes they super comfortable to wear.





Some of the brands that we keep here at Dive Warehouse include Mares, Cressi, Rob Allen, Ocean Hunter and Sal Vimar. If we do not have the thickness of colour that you want, make sure you ask one of our friendly staff and we may be able to order your perfect suit in for you.


Happy Hunting!


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