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The Spearfishing wetsuit keeps you warm while you spearfish. They come in a variety of thicknesses, color/camouflage patterns and materials. Spearfishing wetsuits are called Open Cell Suits.
What the heck is open cell?
Open cell means the inside of the suit is exposed neoprene. Traditional surf wetsuits have a layer of fabric on the inside and outside. The fabric between the surfer’s skin and neoprene make the suit easier to put on. It also protects the neoprene from damage when the suit is put on or taken off. The exposed neoprene on the inside of the open cell suit gives it a great seal. The open cell suit is stretchy and fits like a glove. It becomes a second skin. It keeps you warm and protects your skin from abrasions. Open cell suits come in two parts. The bottoms look like overalls with additional sleeveless neoprene that covers the torso. The top covers the head, arms, and adds a second layer of neoprene to the torso. Open cell suits are warmer than traditional surf suits.
Improvised Spearfishing Wetsuit
Open cell suits are expensive. If you are unsure if Spearfishing is for you, you can improvise a spearfishing wetsuit. Use an old surf suit. Keep your head warm with a hood. Hoods are cheap and will make diving with a wetsuit more comfortable. Use gloves and booties to protect your hands and feet from abrasion and the cold.
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