The water is slightly heated during winter months but children will still feel cold without any thermal wear. Small children will start to feel cold even with thermal wear after 20 - 30 minutes.
Children that are concentrating on keeping warm are not able to concentrate on learning how to swim!
Please note there is a difference between a wetsuit and a rash guard. The former is of neoprene and acts to retain heat by trapping a layer of water between the skin and the suit.
The latter is for sun protection and cools the body down as moisture remains stuck between the skin and material.
Water thermals are made out of neoprene and designed to keep your child warmer in the water. The thicker the material, the warmer it will be. Thermals need to fit snuggly in order to be effective. A loose fitting wetsuit will not keep your child warm.
Thermal swimwear includes Baby Wraps, full length wetsuits and short wetsuits also known as Shorties, as seen below.
Buy them from:
Escapade Sports (Repulse Bay has a better selection)
GigaSports (Pacific Place)
Decathlon (Causeway Bay)
Wing On (Sheung Wan)
In addition I have found the following sold online:
Please comment if you know of any other places that sell wetsuits!
Some other things!
If your child is turning blue or shivering uncontrollably, please take them out immediately and put them in a warm shower.
Please only take off your child's thermal wear when they are in a warm shower. Taking it off poolside will just cause them to become more cold!