This depends on the design. Most stinger suits include a front zipper starting from top of neck down to the waist line, and some have zipper located at the back of the suit (which mainly applies to wetsuits and diving heaving suits). In this article we will examine how to wear a stinger suit with zipper located at front of the suit:
Important Tip: Make sure your skin is dry before trying on a stinger suit, when the skin is wet or moist, the stinger suit elastic fabric will not expand properly to allow easy wear.
First open zipper all the way to the end possible, insert one leg first all the way down until your foot goes through the leg opening of the suit. Now insert the other leg all the way until your foot goes through the suit other leg opening. With both feet on the ground, hold the suit from both sides and pull up all the way until reaching your waist line and the crotch and bottom parts are firmly fitted. Adjust where necessary until you feel comfortable with how the suit is fitting your lower body part.
Second lift the remaining top part of the suit up (mainly the chest, shoulders and arms part) until you reach your maximum capacity, now you should be able to slide one of the arms all the way through the sleeve until your hand goes through the sleeve opening of the suit, while at the same time bringing the suit top part over your shoulder. Do the same for the other arm and apply bit of pressure if necessary if extra fabric stretching is needed to ensure the top part of the suit is firmly fitted over your shoulders. The fabric and flexible and will stretch enough to confirm to your body shape.
Third and final step, zip up all the way and you are ready to enjoy your suit for all type of water sports, or even for walking on the beach.
For more information read below about the different types of full body swimming suits.
What are the different types of full body swimming suits? There are four main type of suits:
- Stinger Suits or Dive Skins: are fairly inexpensive and commonly used when diving in water temperatures above 25 °C (77 °F). They are traditionally made from Spandex or Lycra and provide little thermal protection, but do protect the skin from jellyfish stings, sea lice, abrasion and sunburn. New generation suits are made from high quality fabric that offers chlorine resistance and UPF50+ UV cover. This kind of suit is known as a Stinger Suit or Dive Skin. Some divers wear this kind of suits under a wetsuit, which allows easier donning and provides additional comfort and skin relief for those who experience skin problems from neoprene.
- Wetsuits: these are Neoprene and rubber suits that are used in water temperature between 10 and 25 °C (50 and 77 °F). The neoprene part of the suit insulates the wearer. Even though water can still enter the suit, a tight fitting suit prevents excess heat loss because only some of the water warmed inside the suit escapes from the suit.
- Semi-Dry Suits: are a thick wetsuit with better seals at wrist, neck and ankles openings. They are used mainly in water temperature between 10 and 20 °C (50 and 68 °F). The seals limit the amount of water getting in and out of the suit. The user gets wet in these type of suits but the water that enters is warmed up and does not leave the suit easily, so the user remains warm.
- Drysuits: are made of neoprene and rubber and used where water temperature is between -2 and 15 °C (28 and 59 °F). Water is prevented from getting into the suit by seals at the neck and wrists; also, getting the suit on and off normally a zipper, is waterproof.