At What Water Temp Do You Need a Wetsuit?

Long wave in winter

Wetsuit and 60F sea.

It depends on the water temperature, air temperature, wind, and your aversion to cold. For a more in depth look into these factors and for the whole water temperature / neoprene thickness chart go here. But a quick answer to this question with assumption that none of the factors go into extremes (air, wind, and how quickly you feel cold) – you need to put something on for protection if water temperature drops under 77F (25C). Probably a neoprene top is enough in the beginning,┬áthen shorty, springy etc…and so on as the temperature drops.


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