How to put a wetsuit on?

We won’t lie to you, putting on a wetsuit for the first time can be an endurance challenge in itself.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a wetsuit novice, or a seasoned triathlete, squeezing into your suit can be a cumbersome job.

More importantly though, not following a tried and tested procedure can result in damage to your wetsuit. Which can cause damage to your wallet.

To spare your blushes, and unnecessary expense, read our step-by-step guide to find out how to put a wetsuit on with minimum effort and zero damage.

1)      Preparation

Before you go near your wetsuit make sure your nails are properly trimmed. Wetsuit skins are delicate and can be easily punctured by a badly manicured finger.

Also ensure the zip is down, relax and take your time. Rushing to get the suit on is where damage is likely to occur.

2)      Lubrication

The next step to putting a wetsuit on, regardless of what you’re wearing underneath, is lubrication. (ps check out our blog on what to wear underneath wetsuit here)

Greasing your ankles, wrists, knees, elbows and neck not only makes the process a lot easier but also minimises any rubbing or chafing when you’re smashing out the strokes.

However, you need to be careful with the type of lubricant you can use. The wrong product, such as Vaseline, can cause damage to the suit. Make sure you use a lubricant that has been designed especially for wetsuits – we recommend HUUB LUUB, you purchase from us here.


3)      Feet first

It may sound silly but check that you have the wetsuit the right way around – the majority of suits have their zip at the back.

Step into the wetsuit, one leg at a time.

A neat trick, if you have one to hand, is to pop a plastic bag on your foot. This helps ease your lower limbs into the wetsuit.

4)      Pull gently

Once you have your feet in gently pull the wetsuit up to your knees. Don’t try to rush things – pull the neoprene up bit by bit in a slow and steady manner. Ease out any kinks or ripples in the wetsuit as you ease it up your legs.

Continue the process until you have pulled the suit up to your waist.

5)      Arms in

Once you have gently pulled the wetsuit up to your waist you can then ease your arms in. Again, if necessary, use a plastic bag to make this a smoother process. As before, take your time and don’t rush the process.

Once you have your arms in, raise them above your head to ensure there are no air pockets.

6)      Find a friend

You’ll have noticed that wetsuits have a long lead to pull the zip up. This means that you can zip up without any help. If someone is available, ask them to give you assistance. A common cause of damage is from over aggressive pulling on the zip, so a partner can help you avoid any slip ups.

If no one is around to help, then make sure you pull up the zip as gently as possible, without any vigorous tugging.

Finally, secure the velcro flaps and you are ready to swim!

If you have any further question about how to put on a wetsuit, or any other aspect of wetsuit hire, then email us at hello@triwetsuithire.co.uk

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