What Do You Wear Under a Wetsuit?

What Do You Wear Under a Wetsuit?
The wetsuit is a neoprene outfit that insulates and keeps the body warm while submerged in the water. It is used by surfers, divers, kite boarders and other water sport enthusiasts. Neoprene also offers a little extra buoyancy. Wetsuits are tight and tend to chafe, which can cause a rash. It's a good idea to wear something underneath them.


Some people don't have a problem with chafing and rashes, and prefer to wear nothing at all under their wetsuits.


Wetsuits, especially the thicker ones, are hard to get on and off. Many people rub Vaseline on their body to make it easier.


The basic underwear for wetsuits is an ordinary swimsuit, which acts as a liner.

Rash Guards

Rash guards are a kind of light athletic apparel worn for sun protection in a variety of sports, and they are sometimes mistaken for thin wetsuits. Because they are tight and light, they are often worn as a wetsuit liner.

Bike Shorts

Lycra bicycle shorts and other tight-fitting athletic apparel are good wetsuit liners.

Another Wetsuit

Many surfers and divers who go out in frigid winter waters wear a second, thinner wetsuit underneath a heavier outer suit. Other common items worn to cope with winter waters are Thinsulate gloves and socks.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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