Scuba Diving is popular all over the United States, not just in warm climate areas like Florida or the Caribbean. My Dive Center, Aquatic Adventures Scuba Academy is located in Alexandria, Northern Virginia where we have a large number of scuba divers. Divers in this area need scuba diving wetsuits for the colder water in this area and often a second wetsuit for diving while on a scuba diving vacation or trip to the Caribbean.
Selecting the right scuba diving wetsuit is important for your comfort and safety. There are several sports that use wetsuits but wetsuits designed for other sports generally do not work properly for scuba diving. That is because sports like kayaking and windsurfing require a loose fit in the arms for paddling and are designed to drain when the participant is out of the water. Scuba Divers are constantly under the water so the suit fits tighter and has less dexterity since divers do not use their arms.
Scuba Diving Wetsuits for Warm water scuba diving
Many of the scuba divers in this area scuba dive primarily in warmer water locations, like Florida or the Caribbean. Divers in these areas prefer a thinner scuba diving wetsuit like a 3mm suit. These wetsuit are usually one piece jumpsuits like the H2 Wetsuit or the Thermoprene scuba diving wetsuits by Henderson. Henderson wetsuits are the finest made and Henderson is a pioneer in new wetsuit materials. Women, who traditionally get colder then men would use either a 3mm suit or perhaps a 5mm suit. Another alternative for women is to use a neoprene shorty on top of the 3mm wetsuit or a hooded vest underneath like the Scuba Pro Hooded Vest.
Scuba Diving Wetsuits for Cold Water Scuba Diving
There are a lot of scuba divers in the Northern Virginia area and many of us train and dive locally. Aquatic Adventures Scuba Academy offers scuba diving certification year round in Northern Virginia. We do our training dives in a local lake. In addition there is a large amount of wreck diving up and down the Atlantic Coast. Divers in this area would use a 7mm scuba diving wetsuit. They would also use neoprene hood and gloves for extra warmth. The Scuba Pro Hooded Vest could also be used under the 7mm Henderson Wetsuit.
Henderson USA wetsuits has a new line of extra warm wetsuits called Aqua Lock. These wetsuits offer an interlocking wrist and ankle to prevent water entry insuring extra warmth.
Aquatic Adventures – Dry Suit Diving – DUI Dry Suits and Dry Suit Training in Northern Virginia:
Some divers in this area also scuba dive with dry suits. The DUI Dry Suits for scuba diving are very popular and the highest in quality. The DUI TLS-350 is perhaps the most popular of all dry suits sold in this area. Dry Suit diving is very different then regular scuba diving and it is recommended that anyone using a dry suit for the first time take a Dry Suit training course like the PADI Dry Suit Diver Course.
Dry Suit diving has become so popular that DUI now has a Dry Suit for warmer water diving – the 30/30 Dry Suit.
Aquatic Adventures – Children’s Wetsuits – Children’s Scuba Diving Courses and Children’s Scuba Diving Equipment in Northern Virginia:
Today children as young as 8 years old can take pool only scuba lessons such a the PADI Seal Team course. Here they learn the same scuba diving skills that adults learn. Once they reach the age of 10 they can take the PADI Junior Open Water Course. Proper scuba dive training for children should be done by Instructors who are experienced in teaching children. At Aquatic Adventures we not only train children but have trained many Boy Scouts in preparation for Sea Base and the Scuba Diving Merit Badge.
Children get much colder then adults and it is vitally important that children have the appropriate thermal protection of a wetsuit. Buoyancy Control Devices and even the length of scuba regulator hoses often have to be adjusted to accommodate the smaller sizes of children.
The scuba diving wetsuit is a personally fitted item and one of the first pieces of equipment that the new diver should purchase.