Sea temperatures lag behind as it always takes longer for the sea to warm up when the air temperature is on the rise. So family days out bodyboarding or surfing can still be had well into October and half term breaks are popular. The roads around Cornwall are less congested than peak August and you can still get lovely warm Autumnal days.
So if you are considering a trip this Autumn we’ve put together a simple guide on wetsuit buying for Autumn and Spring conditions.
The thickness of a wetsuit dictates the warmth level. A 3/2mm wetsuit has 3mm on the lower body and 2mm upper body where more flexibility is needed, 4/3 has 4mm on lower body and 5/4 has 5mm on lower body. It’s quite straight forward and you need to decide how much use you will get out of the suit.
For example, if you live close to coast and you and your family will spend days throughout the year down at the beach then investing in a 5/4mm wetsuit will mean you have a wetsuit that will be perfect for 7-9 months of the year and then on the extremely hot days in summer your child will get hot but it’s easy to open the zips and let cold water in. You can always buy a cheaper 2mm shortie wetsuit for those days too as they are great protection from the sun as well as allowing your child to stay longer in the sea.
We would recommend looking for these features to ensure your child is as warm as possible whilst in the sea:
Glued & blind stitched wetsuits – Stitching is only half way through to the outside and glued on the inside. Water won’t get through the seams to the inside.
Smooth Skin Chest Panel: An extra-large area of uninterrupted neoprene that protects against wind chill
Additional neoprene accessories are vital too:
Neoprene hood – look for double layered hoods that can tuck into the wetsuit to keep the head dry and warm
Wetsuit gloves – blind stitched wetsuit gloves keep hands dry and warm for longer
Neoprene wetsuit boots – look for tight seals around the ankle area to again stop water getting in where possible