The key: Comfort is king. “Make sure your wetsuit is flexible, especially in the shoulders. When nervous and uptight during your first few races, you want to feel free to move without any restriction,” says Paterson.
Find yours: “Too snug and they are uncomfortable. Too loose and they create drag,” points out Olympic swimmer and coach Gary Hall Sr. There is no substitution for trying several suits. Look for one that fits snuggly without constricting your chest or neck.