Disability, wetsuits and drysuits

Many readers may know I love doing all kinds of watersports, any activity that involves wearing a wetsuit or drysuit. However, the downside to watersports for many disabled people in getting into the wetsuit or drysuit.

Over the years, I have tried and worn many types of wetsuits, especially as I own quite a few, and I have picked up many types on the best ways of putting on and taking off a wetsuit. Because I get cold easily, I often need a thicker suit to the norm or to need a wear a wetsuit when others can manage without, even in a swimming.

My experiences have led me to believe that the best design of wetsuit to put on easily is the old fashion beavertail wetsuits. These consist of waist high trousers and a jacket which has a crotch strap to stop gaps between top and bottoms, adding a sense of security. A hood and most importantly, booties can be added. Booties are a godsend as I can not walk barefoot on anything other than carpet.

Drysuits, which aim to keep people dry as often to warm and wet, can be easier to put on because they are baggy although the latex neck seal can be scary to put on. For ultimate winter comfort, I have a drysuit with a built in hood, gloves and socks.
Wetsuit and drysuits can be hard to put on but they also make water activities more accessible and comfortable for a lot of disabled people, including myself.
If you like what I say, have a look at my site at www.simonstevens.com or follow me on twitter, @simonstevens74, or even leave me feedback on +44 (0)121 364 1974 or email simon@simonstevens.com  

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