As a freediving instructor you need an affordable wetsuit for pool teaching sessions. I often spend long classes in the pool with new students, observing them while they practice new skills. If you are an instructor you will know students are quite active, but a lot of your time is spent observing and guiding the students with helpful hints on how to improve and become more efficient freedivers. This means less activity for the instructor, and the tendency to get cold. I don’t know about you, but I hate being cold, and as a freediver cold has a significant negative impact on my breath hold.
The obvious solution is to wear a wetsuit, but do you want to destroy your expensive ocean freediving suit in the chlorinated pool? If I average around four days a week in the pool, my pool suits tend to last me around eight months to a year. At around $300.00 to $400.00 a pop for an ocean suit, that is a little more money than I would want to spend for a suit that I know I am going to destroy quickly in chlorine.
The best solution I have found so far is the TYR Hurricane Cat 1 full sleeve wetsuit. It is a triathlon suit so it has all the flexibility in the arms that we freedivers are looking for and best of all it only costs $160.00. That is just around half of what it would cost for another freediving suit, and an amount I am comfortable with spending on something that will only last around a year.
It comes in both men’s and women’s styles, is very flexible, and easy to get in and out of because of the interior nylon lining… NO LUBE!!! That means I can get suited up and be ready before my students get all their gear sorted and in the water. The actual neoprene is Yamamoto Ultra Durable Coated neoprene with thickness varying between 1.5mm in the arms to 5mm in the torso. I have spent many 3.5 hour sessions in the pool with this suit and I have yet to get cold, even when supervising statics. I also take it out for the occasional ocean surface swim, and I love the arm flexibility.
This suit version has served me well over a few years, and I wanted to share it with other people looking for an affordable wetsuit for pool teaching. I use the full sleeve version when teaching, and the sleeveless when I am training.
If you are a freediver in the Boston area join the Facebook group East Coast Freedivers and come to our weekly pool training sessions where we do group CO2 and O2 trainings. All levels of freedivers are welcome to join.
Leave a comment if you have found another affordable wetsuit that you really like.