Why are Wetsuits Important?
The human body is not designed to tolerate prolonged immersion in water, particularly where that water is cold. Hyperthermia is closer than many people imagine, even on a summer’s day the sea can be cold. Children are prone to developing hypothermia much quicker than adults. This makes wetsuit protection for them especially important.
What does a Wetsuit do?
A well-designed wetsuit, made from foamed neoprene, or similar material, provides the insulation that is lacking in the human body. It does so by trapping a thin layer of water between the suit and the skin which is warmed by the body and prevents the loss of heat while in the sea. It also gives good resistance to abrasions, and ensures a certain level of buoyancy, making it easier for weaker swimmers to stay afloat. Wearing a wetsuit can benefit many categories of water sports’ participants.
What is a Buoyancy Aid?
Even the strongest swimmer is not immune from running into difficulties. Anyone who participates in water sports, such as Kayaking or Paddle Boarding ought to wear a buoyancy aid. Although they are not life jackets, a good, well-fitting aid can save a life. Unlike life jackets, which are inflatable, most buoyancy aids are made from a foam core. They are designed with movement and mobility in mind, which is particularly important for canoeists and kayakers, who need full use of their arms. Some are a one-piece design, which is pulled over the head. Others use a zip, either at the side, or the front, although this can sometimes sacrifice a little of the buoyancy. Ocean-going sailors may wish to choose a design that features pockets for essential supplies, including hydration packs. Whichever design is selected, it is essential to have the aid properly fitted, in accordance with the wearer’s size and weight.