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How To Put On A Wetsuit

   January 28th, 2016   Posted In: How-To   Tags: , , , , ,

How To Put On A Wetsuit

You might be wondering how to put on a wetsuit. (Otherwise, you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog post, am I right?) Well, we’re here to help you figure it out!

A wetsuit should fit like a second skin. If the wetsuit goes on really easily and isn’t tight, it might be too big. Be sure to call (866-906-7848) or email us (service@wetsuitwearhouse.com) to discuss sizing if you’re unsure.

A few things to keep in mind when putting on a wetsuit:

– Make sure your suit is completely unzipped.

– Be careful when pulling smooth rubber sections like the chest and back panels, or triathlon suits since these areas are prone to tears.

– Use a plastic bag to cover hands and feet if there is difficulty getting the suit over these areas.

– Generally, you should be able to zip your suit yourself. It helps to bring the Velcro neck together (as seen in image 4) and attach it before zipping the suit. This helps bring the zipper teeth closer together, reducing stress on the zipper and making it easier to zip up.

– When using a wetsuit with wetsuit gloves and boots, enter the suit first, then boots, and end with gloves. For best performance, pull the wetsuit over the boots and gloves.

Wetsuit lubricants are available, if needed.

The demonstration below shows you step-by-step how to put on a wetsuit!

How to put on a wetsuit

Photo credit: blueseventy

Lauren (LoLo) has been turning words into blog posts 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, gardening, tending to her animals, or reading a good book outside on a beautiful day.

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  • Al says:

    Hi LoLo / Team,
    I am 59 and overweight. I always snorkel on top of the water and never had a wetsuit. I will be going to the Big Island this Feb and according to what I can find water temp is between 73-78 F and thinking I may need one for this trip – not sure of thickness and suit size. What do you recommend? Is a two piece better for my size?
    Height 66″
    Weight 245 #
    Chest 51″
    Waist 51″
    Hips 47″
    Neck 16″
    Inseam 28.5″


  • Laura Lister says:

    Can you advise me? I am 78 years old and find my pool a bit too cold. I would like to purchase a wet suit jacket that is very flexible and easy to swim and do aerobics in. Since swimming helps arthritis, movement is very important. I do not do straight laps, but various exercises worked into a lap. Also – I am overweight so I do not want anything “sexy”.

    What do you think?

    • Crysta Goff says:

      I’m going to send you a private email, Laura. (:

    • John Gross says:

      Hi make sure it has a full zipper they can be hard to get off at your age,you dont want a full suit or a pull over that you may need helping getting on and off,i just checked ebay theres a xxxl camo jacket full zipper,25$bid 15 shipping.looks new.
      And you can use as out of water jacket if its super cold.they really hold heat in shockingly so.
      Because of how hard they are to remove you might want to start with hood gloves and feet.try searchs like neoprine gloves socks hood.jacket check ebay cheap.also thift stores often have wetsuits for like 20$

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