If you have bought yourself a new wetsuit, then chances are you will want to test it out the moment you get home – which means finding a water source to swim in.
Although wetsuits are commonly associated with surfing, this does not mean they can only be worn in the ocean. Wetsuits were created to insulate our bodies in the water, and this means they can be worn when swimming in lakes, rivers and ponds.
Now I understand that locating a body of water can be hard, especially if you live in an urban area that is detached from any natural water source. And as an alternative, you may be considering testing out your new wetsuit at the local swimming pool – but is this a good idea?
Down below I have gathered some information concerning wetsuits and their troubled relationship with swimming pools. Here you will find everything you need to know about wearing a wetsuit in a swimming pool and how it may have positive and negative effects on the quality of your suit.
Can You Wear Wetsuits In A Swimming Pool?
The answer to this question is a complicated one, as it relies on various elements such as pool types and clashing opinions. If you are wondering if you can wear your wetsuit in your local swimming pool, or any swimming pool at all, then you have very little to be concerned about.
Most public swimming pools will allow you to wear any form of aquatic clothing, as long as you are comfortable and can swim in it. If you are interested in wearing your wetsuit in your own swimming pool, then that is completely up to you. But whether you should wear a wetsuit in a swimming pool is a very different matter.
In our world, there are two types of swimming pools – chlorinated pools and saltwater pools. If you own or live in an area with a saltwater pool, then I would highly recommend going to it and testing out your new wetsuit.
Swimming in a saltwater pool is very similar to swimming in the ocean, although pools will have a lower salt percentage.
Although wetsuits were created to endure different types of water, this does not mean that they are impervious to their effects. If you wear your wetsuit to swim in a saltwater pool, then you will need to rinse it down with fresh water the moment you are finished.
Otherwise, you could risk exposing your wetsuit to the saltwater’s corrosive properties, which could damage the suit’s overall quality.
The question of whether you should wear your wetsuit in a chlorinated pool is a more difficult one to answer. This is because there are many opposing ideas surrounding this subject and the answer really depends on your preferences.
Some people believe that wearing your wetsuit in a chlorine pool is fine, as long as you rinse down your suit the minute you are finished. While other people believe that it is a damaging practice and should be avoided – but the final opinion is yours to make.
What Materials Make Wetsuits?
Wetsuits were created for a variety of purposes and activities, the most prominent being their ability to insulate our bodies in cold water. The suits accomplish this task by trapping a thin layer of water around our bodies, which begins to warm due to our body heat, providing the necessary insulation.
Because wetsuits are worn primarily by surfers and swimmers, they are made to be durable and flexible. Wetsuits have to be resilient to elements such as rocks and sand, otherwise, they could risk being torn when worn for surfing in the ocean.
When neoprene was first introduced to the public, the material quickly became the best material for making wetsuits. Not only is the synthetic material rubbery, but it is also stretchy and resilient, which makes it the perfect choice for making high-quality wetsuits.
As a material, neoprene is also relatively resistant to degradation caused by the sun and the salty water of the sea. However, this does not mean that neoprene wetsuits are completely impervious to these conditions, as they can still retain damage from prolonged exposure to sunlight, saltwater and chlorine.
How To Look After Your Wetsuit
- If you have worn your wetsuit in salty or chlorinated water, make sure that you rinse it down with fresh water afterwards. Rinsing is very important in maintaining good wetsuit quality.
- Never leave your wetsuit hanging in the sun, as this prolonged exposure could dry out the material and make it brittle. You should instead hang your wetsuit on a plastic hanger and leave it in your garage or basement.
- Always make sure that your wetsuit is dry before you store it away. If you leave a moist wetsuit to fester for a few days, the moisture could begin to damage the material. I recommend turning the wetsuit inside out and then letting it dry before you store it away for the night. This is an overlooked practice but it will ensure the well-being of your wetsuit.