Cold water is no joke. It can be dangerous to those who are not prepared, which is why it’s important to know how to stay warm in cold water.
We all know that the best way to keep warm is by wearing a wetsuit and keeping dry as much as possible, but there are other methods as well. Here we will discuss 5 tips for staying warmer when you’re in cold water.
How To Stay Warm In Cold Water
1. Size Up
Many people find that the neoprene used for wet suits is much more comfortable when worn loose-fitting. Make sure that you choose one size too large so that air can circulate throughout the inner lining while you wear it. This helps insulate against cold weather while preventing chafing at the seams.
2. Layer Underneath
If possible, wear a close-fitting base layer underneath your wet suit to trap heat more effectively. This can help you stay warmer longer without causing discomfort or overheating. Just remember that it’s important to be able to feel the water flowing through the suit if you plan on swimming, surfing, or taking a bath.
3. Wear a Hoodie
When choosing a wet suit for extreme cold weather, make sure that it has an attached hood so that your head and neck are covered as well. This will prevent heat from escaping from those areas so that you can stay warm throughout the day.
Not only is this good for staying warm outdoors, but it also helps keep your hair dryer so you won’t have to worry about static electricity keeping strands out of place.
4. Wear Gloves and Booties
If you plan on surfing in cold weather, make sure that you wear gloves and booties to trap more heat around your extremities. If you’re using a wet suit without built-in mitts or foot covers, add some of your own by slipping them on before putting the rest of the wet suit on (don’t forget to adjust the seals at the wrists and ankles).
You can also buy special neoprene socks or gloves designed for use with wet suits which will prevent chafing while keeping your hands and feet warm and dry.
5. Preheat Before Going In
When winter swimmers want to stay warm throughout their naked swims, they’ll often choose to take a quick dip in the shower or bathtub to help raise their body temperatures.
You can also do something similar by immerging yourself into a tub of warm water before putting on your wet suit. However, you’ll probably want to skip this step if your plan is to go for a swim.
What Is the Best Wet Suit Material?
Neoprene is the most commonly used wet suit material because it’s flexible, durable, and very insulating against cold weather. It’s usually found in thicker suits designed for use during colder months (especially below 60 degrees Fahrenheit).
Latex rubber suits are less common but can provide some advantages that neoprene doesn’t. For example, latex will stretch farther than neop without tearing so it might be better if you have a larger bust or broader shoulders.
However, latex is more likely to tear and its seams can become uncomfortable when they’re too tight. In addition, latex suits don’t insulate as well against the cold so many people prefer to use them during warmer months or in water above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
What Is A Good Wetsuit For Cold Water?
A good wetsuit for cold water will keep you warm in the water at all times.
Generally speaking, the thicker the wetsuit the better it is for keeping you warm. A Fullsuit is usually considered to be best suited to colder waters where in between seasons, but also in winter depending on your own level of insulation and fat layer.
All types of Wetsuits (Fullsuite, Farmer Johns, Semi-Dry) are potentially suitable for cold water if they are thick enough. This depends on your weight and size.
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The thicker the material sometimes referred to as ‘mill’ or by its brand name neoprene then generally speaking the warmer it will keep you.
Also important factors to consider with Wetsuits are thermal protection (the thickness of the material at critical points like your back, chest and legs), flexibility (smooth skin is best), water-tightness (a good seal around the wrist and neck) and fit.
How Do I Choose A Winter Wetsuit?
A winter wetsuit is thicker than a summer suit. As you will be cold in the water when you first jump in, it’s best to choose something that’s thick enough for your weight and size (so usually a Farmer Johns) but not too thick (fullsuit).
As with all wetsuits don’t get one that is too tight or too loose, or it won’t insulate properly. If the suit feels restrictive anywhere then move up to the next thickness.
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if you are wearing a 3mm suit and it feels restricting around your chest then get a 5mm instead so that your buoyancy compensator can help keep the extra thickness of neoprene off chest without being too tight on your chest when you inflate.
Bear in mind that when the water is very cold (say below 8C) then your suit might feel too thick at first, but it will soon warm up after a few minutes and you’ll be grateful for the insulation.
Cold water is one of the most dangerous environments for human beings to be in. It’s not just because it can feel freezing, but also because you’re more likely to catch a cold or other infections when your body temperature falls below 98 degrees Fahrenheit.
However, there are ways that you can stay warmer and avoid these risks. We hope this blog post was helpful information on how to stay warm in cold water. If you have any questions about what we’ve discussed here today please don’t hesitate to reach out in comment section below.