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Hi there @wongch!

Thanks for reaching out to the Community!  A wetsuit can certainly be helpful when looking to extend your season in the open water!

Before you think about swimming in the lake and what wetsuit to wear, you have to nail down the water temperature. Knowing what the water temperature is in your area is going to be a big deciding factor. Wetsuits come in various styles and thicknesses. These variations will effect how warm you stay in the water. With that being said, just like any piece of clothing or temperature rated gear, the warmth is relative. You have to consider your own personal body temperature and comfortability. Take in consideration if you are the type of person who generally runs hot or cold. 

Once you’ve considered temperature of the water, you can begin your search. As far as what REI sells, I will be honest, many of our wetsuits are with watersports in mind, like paddling and surfing. Some of these are simply not acceptable for an enjoyable swim. 

The Camaro Blacktec Wetsuit is currently available and ideal for swimming. This wetsuit is at a 2mm thickness which means it is suitable for colder temperatures. Many people might feel comfortable in this suit when the water is in the area of 63-65  degrees Fahrenheit.

Another option that is slightly warmer is the Camaro Revo Wetsuit. Also, perhaps consider the Roxy Prologue Wetsuit. Another suit designed for surfing but I did read a pretty compelling review from a customer who could not stop singing its praises!

Bear in mind that swimming in a wetsuit will feel different. You want it to feel comfortable but you are likely to initially feel restricted if you are not accustomed to wearing one. 

I hope this info helps! And as a reminder, start with a reliable source for the water temperature. 

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