Diving Wetsuit: Why You Need To Buy Your Own

Diving Wetsuit: Why You Need To Buy Your Own

Diving wetsuit ready for entry

- Sergiy Zavgorodny

Having your own diving equipment is awesome, but when you are just starting out, it’s not a life or death situation if you don’t own everything off the bat.

Go out and get some experience first, ensuring that diving is for you.

The last thing you want to do is to start a new hobby, buy all the appropriate gear, just to find out you don’t even like to dive after all.

Last time we wrote about when to buy what kind of dive equipment.

When you know you are a diver

Often those who start diving will have an instant passion for it and guaranteed after just a few dives you will want to have your own equipment.

The very first piece of dive equipment you need might not be a wetsuit but here is some advise on why you should buy a wetsuit at some point.

A diving wetsuit heats the water between your body and the wetsuit. Make sure it isn’t too big though, or the water will flow in and out, which negates the purpose of the wetsuit works inadequately. Being too small doesn’t work either. If the neoprene is too skintight can stop the flow of blood in your body. In extraordinary cases this can result in passing out and even drowning.

Buying a diving wetsuit that fits perfectly will ensure that your dive is as comfortable as possible and that your body maintains or increases its heat.

Know more how to Beat The Heat: Overheating While Scuba Diving

The minus with rental

I know this sounds terrible, but it is commonly known that divers often relieve themselves in their wetsuit. When it comes to renting a wetsuit you might believe that divers would never do this in the wetsuit. The truth is that divers do pee in a rental wetsuits.

Dive centers usually clean wetsuits after each use but the problem with that is that all of the rentals are put into one big basin, soaked for about an hour, and then hung up to dry.  Doing this does not kill all of the bacteria. Imagine doing dive wearing a wetsuit that’s been peed in. No thanks!

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Naturally this isn’t always the case. A majority of the urine goes out during a dive, and if a wetsuit smells most dive centers would wash and disinfect them with detergent.

Realistically, the amounts of urine aren’t that much in rental wetsuits, but do you really want to take that chance?

A rental diving wetsuit normally has urine from divers

It is common knowledge that divers relieve themselves in their wetsuit - Credit: Anze Bizjan

Rental mix up

So you booked your dive and you’ve stopped at a dive shop. Here, employees of the dive shop will have you check out all of the different gear you will need for your dive. They will bring you to the equipment room.

Here you’ll have a chance to try the rental dive equipment on: boots, fins, mask, BCD and a wetsuit. Then the employee will make a list of all the diving gear they need to pack for your dive.

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Sometimes a mix up can happen with your gear, realizing this when your guide hands your gear to you when you’re ready to make your trip. The size of your wetsuit might be right but it's not the same type or model you tried on and picked. But don’t fret; you can still go on your dive even if the wetsuit doesn’t fit correctly. But it's little details like this that can take the fun and excitement from your dive.

If you’re anything like me, being cold is not very comfortable. A wetsuit that does not fit your body correctly will not protect you from the cold and it can be like not wearing anything at all when diving if you are really unfortunate.

Diving wetsuit on a yacht

A mix up of your rental wetsuit can ruin your fun - Credit: Galyna Andrushko

Your own

Keeping in mind that your own wetsuit fits so much better and that not so nice thought of the urine, you should consider buying your own. You’ll also be able to avoid the frustration of trying on wetsuits at the dive center, ensuring you get the right one each time.

And based on how much of your own gear you bring along on your dive trip, you might even save money with dive centers often giving a ten percent discount if you bring your own equipment.

Let us know if you have ever experienced urine or a bad fitting rental wetsuit. And have you ever peed in a wetsuit?

About The Author

Torben Lonne

Torben is a top skilled PADI MSDT instructor. He has worked several years with scuba diving in Indonesia and Thailand - and dived most of his life in most of the world. He is also the co-founder and chief-editor of DIVE.in you can always catch him here [email protected]


  1. Sam Lin

    Got to love the rental gear. It’s like bowling shoes but worse :)
    And yes I do!!

    • Torben Lonne

      Nice comparison! There is always something smelly :)
      Thanks Sam.

  2. cici

    Me? I peed all the time in my wetsuit :D I always bring my own wetsuit whenever I go dive because most rentals doesn’t have my tiny size. I only bring full gear when I dive more than 3 dive in a trip.

    • Torben Lonne

      Hi Cici,
      I’m glad I’m not the only one! Thanks, and thanks for only doing it in your own wetsuite :)

  3. Rob C.

    Since I’m tall (6’6″) and thinish (around 200lbs.) finding a rental in my size is next to impossible. Even purchasing can take a few days. A lot of dive shops don’t have my size in stock so they have to order from a scuba equipment distributor or exposure suit manufacturer. As to the “do you urinate” question, well not only do I “open the floodgates” while I’m still on the dive but I look for opportunitys to rattle the rooks with a waste-liquid release all zipped up and PRE-dive.

  4. Neil Vivek

    I would like to know which Diving Clubs in Indonesia can I join? I have always loved diving and have just bought my very first gear. going for my first dive this weekend. Would love to connect with fellow divers.


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