Do Wetsuits Protect Against Jellyfish Stings?

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Wetsuits are designed to keep you warm in water when diving, snorkelling or if you are partaking in any other water sport, but do wetsuits protect against jellyfish stings?

Can jellyfish sting through wetsuit?

A wetsuit will protect you against jellyfish stings as a wetsuit’s neoprene provides a protective layer over your skin which jellyfish stings cannot penetrate. But be careful with any exposed skin around your face, or with your arms and legs when wearing a shorty as these areas may still get stung.

One time I remember being stung by jellyfish on my face is when I was snorkelling in Australia near Green Island. I had a wetsuit on, but because there were many small jellyfish in the water that were very easy to bump into, they kept stinging my face, even though the rest of my skin was protected by my wetsuit.

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What should I wear to protect against jellyfish?

The best thing to wear to protect against jellyfish stings is a full length wetsuit and booties (possibly gloves too), but if the water is too warm for a wetsuit wear a full-body Lycra suit instead. Full length wetsuits and a full-body Lycra suit will offer good jellyfish stinger protection.

Can Portuguese Man of War sting through wetsuit?

It’s unlikely a Portuguese Man of War will sting through a wetsuit, especially if you wear a 3mm thick wetsuit or more. The layer of neoprene should prevent the harpoon-like stings from penetrating your skin. But be careful wearing shorty wetsuits, as your legs and arms will be vulnerable to stings.

If you encounter a Portuguese Man of War you should still stay clear of it just in case, as although it’s rare for Portuguese Man of War stings to be fatal, they are extremely painful and can leave terrible scars. But some people can succumb to anaphylactic shock from Portuguese Man of War stings. This is even the case if you are wearing a full wetsuit on.

Does wetsuit protect against box jellyfish stings

A full length wetsuit should protect you against box jellyfish stings, but make sure to wear boots and gloves too and be careful about any unprotected skin around your face.

How do you avoid getting stung by a jellyfish?

The best way to avoid getting stung by jellyfish is to stay out of the water when jellyfish are present. You can usually spot jellyfish in the water from the surface, but before you venture out check local news for the presence of jellyfish and check the time of year if they are more prevalent.

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Do Wetsuits Protect Against Jellyfish Stings?

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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