Rashguards and wetsuits for snorkeling

When snorkeling, you often have to protect yourself from the sun’s rays, the freshness (or coldness) of the water, or even jellyfish. The equipment manufacturers have thus developed two types of clothing to wear in the water:

  • Rashguards (also called “top”, “body” or “anti-UV t-shirts”). These are light and flexible clothes, especially intended to protect the skin against UV (and to a more limited extent against the freshness of the water).
  • Neoprene wetsuits, available in different thicknesses. They are designed to protect the snorkeler from the cold, but can also be good protection against jellyfish, or small accidents (like rubbing against rocks).

Our rashguards selection, sun-protective clothing

In snorkeling, the whole back of the body is strongly exposed to the sun. The freshness of the water eliminates the feeling of warmth and the magnifying effect of the water on the skin further enhances the power of UV. For this reason, we always recommend snorkelers to wear long-sleeved rashguards, if possible.

All the models recommended here have an anti-UV protection level of UPF+50, which filters 98% of UVs. Beyond the essential role of protection against the dangers of the sun, the rashguards also allow you to use a lower amount of sun cream, which is harmful to the environment and to minimize the feeling of coldness and wind on the skin.

If you feel the cold quite easily inside the water (the body cools down quickly during long sessions, even when the water has a comfortable temperature), choose black models, which better capture the heat.

Rashguard snorkeling

Wearing a rashguard is recommended in all weathers while snorkeling. They offer unparalleled sun protection on the surface of the water.

Our quality selection of wetsuits to extend your snorkeling sessions in fresh seawater

If you are practicing snorkeling in temperate seas or outside the hot seasons, it might be essential to wear one-piece suits. They are indeed essential for your protection against cold and allow you to enjoy your snorkeling session for longer.

The wetsuits also protect you from the sun, jellyfish, or even injuries in case of contact with rocks or corals. To this effect, we generally recommend long-sleeved suits, which are more efficient against cold and more protective.

In tropical seas and during summer, wetsuits with 1.5 mm thickness can help you stay in water for more time. In temperate seas (water temperature +/-20°C), choose suits with 2.5 to 3 mm thickness. Beyond 20°C, you can opt for thicker one or supplement your 3 mm wetsuit with a liner.

Don’t forget the slippers and gloves, since the toes and fingertips become cold very quickly in the water.

Wetsuit snorkeling Galapagos

In cool seas (like here in September in Isla Rabida, in the Galápagos Islands), wearing a neoprene suit is often essential to avoid cooling off too quickly in the water.

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