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How to Buy a Recreational Swimming Wetsuit

   January 27th, 2016   Posted In: How-To  


A basic recreational swimming wetsuit will help keep the chill off in the ocean or for when you’re playing around in the pool.


For general purpose water play, consider an entry level wetsuit made of Standard Neoprene -or- 30% Stretch Neoprene. If you are swimming laps occasionally, a stretchier suit will be less restricting. Look for a 30-60-or 100% stretch suit depending on your budget. Basically, the stretchier the better!


If you are serious about lap swimming, you should instead consider a triathlon wetsuit. Check out our selection of triathlon wetsuits.


Depending on water temperature, you might need a full body wetsuit (fullsuit), a springsuit, or a top or bottom.


Use the Water Temperature Guide below to determine the type of recreational swimming wetsuit for your needs:


Wetsuit temperature guide

Learn about wetsuit thickness below!



Check out this video for more on neoprene types:



And, here’s some information on seam types!




Lauren Belt

Merchandiser at Wetsuit Wearhouse
Lauren (LoLo) has been picking out the latest and greatest wetsuits and being the social media queen for Wetsuit Wearhouse since 2014. She learned to surf for the first time ever in Costa Rica but she gravitates more towards SUP. When she's not scouring the web for travel deals, you can find her either hiking, running, practicing yoga, studying holistic nutrition or reading a good book outside on a beautiful day.

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