Before you invest in scuba or any kind of wetsuit, you might want to find a local PADI shop. These are small stores, but they have the best staff. The staff can help you with finding a good quality wetsuit or any kind of scuba gear. The staff knows the local areas. Seek out their advice, you won’t be sorry.
You could also ask your instructor, if you are using one. If not, consider acquiring one. Every instructor spends years perfecting his or her routine and scuba wear. It’s not a bad idea to seek him or her out for advice on the situation. He or she has worked with you. He or she knows you. Take the recommendations seriously.
It’s best to buy based on your skill set. In other words, don’t go off and buy something that’s not at your level, just because it looks cool. Go simple in the beginning. As your skills improve, then you can upgrade accordingly. You want to stick with brands with the scuba gear. I normally don’t advise the brand thing, but in this situation it actually does count. The brands are established. They have been tested. They have seen in all. The brand names might be more expensive, but they will get you to where you need to be.
Ask others what they think. Ask some of our friends who they prefer. Only ask the friends who are into it too. Don’t go and seek the advice from a friend who has no idea what you are talking about. This might sound like common knowledge, but you’d be surprised how many people do the opposite.
You also want to try the gear out before buying. You wouldn’t buy a suit before you wore it first, would you? Scuba gear works the same way. Test it out. You also want to be wary of previously-owned equipment and clothing. It might look good from the outside, but the inside might be a different story. Does the equipment still run the way it should? Will it work when you need it to? Ask the store personnel if you can try it out first. Most of them won’t mind, in fact, many prefer it.
Shop at the right times. When the new merchandise is just beginning to come out, this is when you want to go to look.