Here’s our tips and tricks to extend the life of your wetsuit :
Wetsuits, can be pretty fragile, so try to avoid rocks, reef and the gravel in the carpark.
Keep your hands and fingers as flat as possible when pulling the suit up.
For the best fit, pull up the sleeves and legs as much as possible. To keep water out of your wetsuit, you want to have the feeling that the wetsuit is too short on you. Neoprene must be tight around your wrists and ankles.
Rinse your wetsuit in cold water. Turn it inside out and have another go.
Hang up your freshly rinsed wetsuit inside out to dry in the shade, using a hanger with very wide shoulders or let it dry flat. Direct sunlight is not neoprene’s friend. Wetsuits can be pretty heavy when they’re full of water so hanging them by the neck and shoulders will stretch it out.
After it’s been drying for a while, turn it inside out and give the other side a chance to dry too. This step is just as important as rinsing.
Try not to swim in chlorinated water as chlorine may affect the quality of the neopren.
In the same way, try not to pour sunblock or mineral oils over your wetsuit : prefere organic products such as macadamia, jojoba, or almond oil.
Hopefully these instructions on how to take care of a wetsuit will get you more mileage out of your suit.