Boots & Gloves & Hoods
These two equipment are protective and are especially important in cold waters and should be made of neoprene material. For extra protection I recommend that the base of the boot is made of thick material. Both equipment should fit well in the body, there should be no spaces at the ends.
Thin socks are comfortable and feel the most natural when wearing fins. However, the thicker the neoprene the warmer the sock will be. When buying you need to consider that the thickness of the sock may require you to purchase a larger fin than would be necessary if using bare feet.
When you’re exploring under the sea you need a decent pair of gloves. Not only do they keep your hands warm, but the best spearfishing gloves will protect you from all sorts of nasties.
However, we are all different in the way in which we feel the cold. Also to be taken into account when choosing gloves is the requirement to retain as much dexterity as possible to be able to operate the speargun efficiently and safely. Neoprene gloves that are thicker restrict movement and feeling more than those made from thinner and softer neoprene.
Wetsuit hoods are designed to cover the skull area, whereas wetsuit hoods cover the head and neck area and tuck into the wetsuit. They are also sometimes attached to the wetsuit.
A large percentage of body heat can be lost via the head and thus wetsuit hoods ensure longer and happier freediving sessions.
If you don’t choose to wear a hood in the coldest waters you’ll get an ice-cream headache and then you’ll probably change your mind next time!
Hoods are of great benefit in retaining body heat and are often integral to the suit to reduce flushing. Occasionally, circumstances, cold, or the type of suit being worn, mean that a hood is required.
Excessive tightness can cause headaches and even heart deceleration. Like other protective equipment, the cap should not be too tight or too plentiful.