This IST Lycra Fullsuit DS-21 is great for your watersports adventure, protecting you against the harmful UV rays. Also known as Dive Skins, these lycra fullsuit can be used as an under garment under a drysuit or on it’s own against marine stings.
When diving in very warm water, two of the most popular types of diving suit you can choose from are dive skins and wetsuits. To pick the most effective and suitable gear for your dive, you must take into account several factors such as water temperature, the depth of the water, your proneness to cold, and more. Let’s look at the differences between a dive skin and a wetsuit so you can make the right decision.
Wetsuits have quite a long history. The neoprene wetsuit was invented in 1952 by physicist Hugh Bradner, who was investigating the problems encountered by frogmen in cold water. Bradner, a diver himself, developed a suit that could trap water between the body and the neoprene, but his invention failed to gain commercial success. His work, however, inspired other watersports gear manufacturers who have popularised the wetsuit among surfers and scuba divers.
The dive skin was invented in 1981 by Tony Farmer of Sports Suits of Australia. Farmer wanted to provide divers exploring very warm waters with an inexpensive suit that could protect them against animal stings and sunburn. The idea came after he observed some swimmers and surfers using pantyhose as swimsuits. He tested his first dive skin model in 1982 and released the production models in 1983. Dive skins soon became very popular among swimmers, surfers, and shallow water divers.
How They Work
Both dive skins and wetsuits work by trapping a thin layer of water between the diver’s body and the garment. In the case of wetsuits, this layer of water is warmed by the body and the material of the suit is what actually helps prevent heat loss. Dive skins, on the other hand, are made of materials that provide very little thermal insulation.