A diving hood, often called a dive hood or wetsuit hood, is a piece of diving equipment used to shield and insulate the diver’s head and neck from the elements. Preventing heat loss from the head, which is a substantial source of body heat loss, is especially helpful while diving in cold water.
Type of Diving Hood:
Standard Diving Hoods:
These hoods are appropriate for a range of water temperatures and provide basic thermal protection.
Cold Water Diving Hoods:
For colder water, hoods that are thicker offer better insulation to keep the head warm.
Hoods with Bibs:
To further block water entrance and improve insulation, some hoods have an extended neck bib that tucks into the wetsuit or drysuit.