Do you catch a chill in the ocean or while playing around in the pool? If so, a basic wetsuit designed for recreational swimming will keep the chill off. For general purpose water play, consider an entry level wetsuit made of Standard Neoprene -or- 30% Stretch Neoprene. If you are swimming laps occassionally, a stretchier suit will be less restricting. Look for a 30-60-or 100% stretch suit depending on your budget. The stretchier the better!
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If you are serious about lap swimming, you should instead consider a triathlon wetsuit. For more information on why triathlon wetsuits are different, click here.
Depending on water temperature, you will need either a full body wetsuit (fullsuit), a shorty springsuit, or a top/bottom combo. Use the Water Temperature Guide below to determine the type of wetsuit for your needs:
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