You can use any swimsuit you like for training sessions, but if you take part in races there are very specific rules to be followed. Whether or not you can wear a wetsuit for FINA races depends on the water temperature:
There are also specific FINA regulations about the size and position of logos when racing. So, if you take part in the competition, you must wear a FINA-approved wetsuit. arena’s FINA-approved wetsuit is the all-black Carbon Wetsuit (with one single logo at the front) for both men and women. You cannot wear any other colour in official FINA races.
A wetsuit is made from neoprene panels and inserts of different thicknesses strategically positioned to guarantee optimum buoyancy and maximum freedom/naturalness of movement. Wetsuits are thicker around the midriff to provide better support, but thinner and more stretchy around the shoulders for maximum flexibility.
Wetsuits usually have a reverse zipper, but why?
The Triwetsuit is an entry-level design with no inside carbon layer, while the Carbon Wetsuit has an internal layer of carbon fibre around the midriff and top of the legs to provide compression and stability.
If you are planning to swim in particularly dangerous waters, try the arena SAMS Carbon wetsuit. This is a version of our Carbon wetsuit incorporating SAMS (Shark Attack Mitigation Systems) technology: patented and developed in Australia, this technology reduces the risk of shark attacks thanks to the wetsuit’s colour and striped pattern.
Remember to look after your wetsuit after usage. Rinse it in cold water and hang it up to dry well away from direct sunlight. Once it is dry, turn it inside out and repeat the procedure for the inside.
To look after neoprene properly, it is important to keep your wetsuit away from any direct heat sources (like radiators or hairdryers) and always hang it up when it is not being used.
arena wetsuits are available with long and short sleeves. Long sleeves provide greater buoyancy, but if you want your arms to be freer and like to feel the water, you should probably opt for a sleeveless wetsuit.
If you prefer something lighter, particularly when the water is not too cold, take a look at our wetsuit with short sleeves and legs , a perfect alternative for swim-runners.
Remember, wetsuits must fit tightly but they must not impede natural movements. Tighter fits ensure no water can seep in around the edges. Consult the sizing charts to find the right fit for you.
Wetsuits for swimming are completely different from wetsuits for divers, so you should also use the right kind of wetsuit for your hobby.
A wetsuit for swimming is actually designed to be used at the surface of the water and to allow maximum freedom of movement and an ideal position in the water. They are thin and stretchy where greater flexibility is required and have softer seals to prevent chaffing.