Story: Diving and snorkelling

The woollen jersey (3rd of 3)

The woollen jersey

In this 1955 photograph Leo Ducker wears an early form of wetsuit called a ‘sealskin’ over a jersey. Before wetsuits were in common use, divers would often wear woollen jerseys over their swimsuits to ward off the cold and prolong the time they could spend underwater. Sometimes the jerseys were worn in conjunction with early wetsuit prototypes.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Diving and snorkelling - The development of diving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 October 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006