Don't worry if you're not a professional tailor, you can do this. Grab a friend, a pencil, the customer
chart, a magazine and a soft measuring tape (not metal) and just follow these easy steps.  

 

For the person being measured:

  1. Wear a swimsuit, preferably the same type of suit you wear when diving. Be patient with the person measuring you, it will take a few minutes and we want to get it right.
  2. Stand up straight, with your legs slightly apart.  
  3. Breathe in and hold your breath while the bust, chest, waist and stomach measurements are taken.  
  4. Face straight ahead, keeping your eyes and head level. It is very important that you not look down, as this will create an error in some of the measurements.  
     

It cannot be overemphasized: LOOK STRAIGHT AHEAD!
Note: If you wear your diving booties under your wetsuit, measure with your boots on.

For the person doing the measuring:

  1. Make sure you have everything you will need before you start: a pencil, the printed customer chart, a magazine and, of course, patience. Take a deep breath and take your time. Remember the old adage, it’s best to measure twice and cut once!  
  2. You should fill in the customer chart as you go, don’t trust your memory.  
  3. Arm and leg measurements should be taken on the dominant side.  
  4. Measurement tape should be snug, neither loose nor tight.  
  5. Many of the measurements connect from one point to the next. You can leave one end of the measuring tape in place as you advance to the next measurement.  
  6. Take special care when marking the crotch point / inside leg. Place the end of the measurement tape into a magazine, aligning it with the top of the magazine. Ask the person being measured to hold the magazine between their legs at the crotch. It is extremely important that the person being measured stands up straight while this (and all) measurements are taken.   
     

Once again, remember … measure twice and cut once!
The key to a perfect fitting wetsuit is the measurement.

 

S t e p - b y - s t e p measurement guide:

  1. Total Body Height: measure the straight line from the top of the head to the sole of the foot
  2. Head: measure the circumference of the head, placing the measuring tape above the eyebrows  
  3. Neck: measure the circumference of the neck at the point where a collar falls (not too low)
  4. Bust / Chest: measure the circumference of the bust or chest at its largest point
  5. Waist: measure the circumference of the waist at its smallest point
  6. Stomach: measure the circumference of your belly at the navel
  7. Abdomen: measure the circumference of the abdomen at the top of the hip bones
  8. Hip: measure the circumference at the biggest part of the hips (legs closed!)
  9. Shoulder: this is a slightly curved measurement, from the base of the neck to the shoulder joint   
  10. Shoulder to Elbow: measure the straight line from the neck to the elbow
  11. Shoulder to Wrist: measure the straight line from the neck to the wrist
  12. Armhole: measure the circumference of the armpit with the arm straight out to the side
  13. Upper Arm:   measure the circumference of the smallest part of the upper arm / bicep with the arm straight out to the side
  14. Biceps:   measure the circumference of the biggest part of the upper arm / bicep with the arm straight out to the side
  15. Elbow: measure the circumference of the elbow joint
  16. Forearm:   measure the circumference of the biggest part of the forearm
  17. Wrist: measure the circumference of the wrist
  18. Outside Leg Length: measure the straight line from your abdomen (top of hip bone) to your ankle on the outside
  19. Inside Leg Length: measure the straight line from the inner crotch point to the ankle. Please see note item 6 from “for the person doing the measuring” above as it’s very important to get this one right!  
  20. Upper Thigh: measure the circumference of the thigh near the crotch point 3
  21. Thigh: measure the circumference of the middle part of the thigh
  22. Above Knee: measure the circumference above the knee joint
  23. Knee:   measure the circumference of the knee joint
  24. Below Knee: measure the circumference below the knee joint
  25. Calf: measure the circumference at the biggest part of your calf
  26. Below Calf: measure the circumference at the calf muscle
  27. Ankle: measure the circumference of the ankle  
  28. Shoulder to Bust/Chest Length: measure the straight line, following the contour of the body, from the shoulder to the chest
  29. Shoulder to Waist Length: measure the straight line, following the contour of the body, from the shoulder to the waist
  30. Shoulder to Hip Length: measure the straight line, following the contour of the body, from the shoulder to the hip
  31. Hip to Knee Length: measure the straight line from the hip to the knee
  32. Knee to Ankle Length: measure the straight line from the knee to the ankle
  33. Back shoulder: measure across the back from shoulder joint to shoulder joint
  34. Dorsum: measure across the back from armpit to armpit
  35. Crotch Point: measure the circumference around the crotch and over the shoulder (VERY important to get this one right)