How to Measure Yourself for a Drysuit/Gloves/Hood

As all Seaskin Custom Divewear is made-to-measure it is vital that you supply us with the correct body measurements in centimetres.

You will need: a cloth tape measure, a “builders’ type” measure, credit card and an A4 sized book.

Wear normal indoor clothes and remove shoes. We will make allowances for your diving undersuits.

Do not attempt to do the measurements on your own as this will give inaccurate results. When measuring pull the tape just taut enough so it is held in place.

All measurements in CM unless otherwise indicated.

Download measurement form as a PDF
MTM Height, Seaskin Drysuits


Stand up straight against a wall while your assistant uses the book on top of your head to make a small mark on the wall. Measure the distance with the builders’ tape. Remember to take your shoes off.

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Male or Female

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The tape should be at nipple height; stand relaxed and do not take a deep breath. Always ensure that the tape is being read from the right end! This is best done with your arms relaxed and down by your sides (not like the picture!)

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Over Bust (Ladies Only)

For Ladies only. Please measure with tape running under your arms and above the bust as shown.

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When measuring the waist do not breathe in excessively. Record at the largest section of the belly usually at navel height (women’s waists are usually about 5-10cm above the navel) – do not cheat!

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This is the largest measurement you can get around the hips/bum.

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Body Cord

The body cord (a big loop going over the shoulder and between the legs) is measured using the builders’ tape (most cloth tapes are too short). It is important that the curve across the tape is facing towards the body so the tape does not kink. Put the tape over the middle of your left shoulder (the position a strap of a bag would sit if your were carrying it) and under the crutch as tight as is comfortable, snug is the best description. Ensure that you stand with a straight back and that trousers are hitched up as high as possible.

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Wrist to Wrist

Stand up straight with your arms out straight to the side (crucifix position), fingers pointing backwards. The assistant measures from one wrist to the other, going straight across the back.

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Inside Leg

Face a wall and put the book between your legs as far up as it will go (hitch your trousers up). Step away leaving the book in position. Your assistant should measure the distance from the top of the book to the ground. Remember to remove shoes.

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Shoe Size

The Euro shoe size is usually marked on the inside of your footwear. Err on the larger size – so if you are normally a size 41 choose 41/42, if you are normally 43 choose 43/44 etc.

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Measure around at the wrist bone.

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Measure around half-way up the neck at the Adam’s apple (if you have one!).

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Measure around the upper arm at the biceps muscle with the arm fully bent.

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For the thigh, the height down the leg where the measurement is taken is important. We need the measurement 9cm down from the crutch. An easy way to get this is to take a credit card and press it up as far as it will go (for men, between your legs and further round than your testicles). The person doing the measuring then measures around the thigh (keeping the tape measure horizontal to the ground) where the bottom of the card is. This gives us the measurement from a consistent place which makes the suit pattern more accurate.

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Measure around the lower leg where the calf muscle is largest. Measuring over the trouser leg.

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Elbow to Elbow

Stand up straight with your arms out straight to the side (crucifix position), with the arms bent forward at the elbow. The assistant measures from one elbow to the other, going straight across the back. Only required for Ultra suits with back zips.

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The measurement is taken along the forearm at the point of the largest circumference. The maximal girth is not always obvious, and the tape may need to be moved up and down along the forearm to find the point of maximum circumference, which will usually be found closer to the elbow. When recording, you need to make sure the tape is not too tight or too loose and is lying flat on the skin and not over any clothing.

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Under Arm

The person being measured should stand with their arm horizontally and their hand pointed downwards. It is easier if the person being measured hold the zero end of the tape into their arm pit, the person measuring then measures along the underside of the arm to the wrist (where the hand is pivoted).

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Measure around the head just above the ears and eyebrows. Needed only if a hood is fitted or ordered.

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Sizing UNLINED Drygloves

To measure your hand see photo
Please measure in cm
Medium unlined 18cm to 20cm
Large unlined 21cm to 22cm
Extra Large 23cm to 24cm
Please note that the above measurements are meant only as a guide to help glove selection and work with our unlined gloves only.

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Sizing LINED drygloves

To measure your hand see photo
Please measure in cm
Medium/Large lined 18cm to 21cm
Extra Large/Extra Extra Large 22cm to 25cm
Please note that the above measurements are meant only as a guide to help glove selection and work with our lined gloves only.

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Sizing Kubi Glove Ring System

The best way to find out which Kubi ring size is best for you is to make a simple template. Download the .pdf print out USING THE OPTION “ACTUAL SIZE”. It is best to check that the circles are printed out at 70mm, 80mm and 90mm.

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We cannot be held responsible for suits made to incorrectly taken measurements. If in doubt call us! 0113 2361776

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