Dive wear accessories like gloves, booties, socks, hoods and many others, are important to have with you on all your diving trips. They offers additional protection when you are diving or on the boat or beach.
Open heel fins are not design to be wear bare feet, the straps will cause the skin to chafe, leading to bleeding and blister. Dive boots and socks adds a layer of neoprene between the skin and strap, to give divers more comfort. Walking around the beach and boat without dive boots or socks will be slippy, there maybe some coral or shells laying around. Boots and socks also offers additional insulation, depending on the waters you dive in.
Hoods offers more insulation as about 60% of the body heat escapes from the head. Here are a few points to look for when shopping for a good dive hood: Warmth, Coverage, movement and fit. The thickness will determine the warmest. The more coverage of the face, the less heat lost. Movement of the head as when in water, the hood will be a bit more heavy. The perfect fit will allow the hood to function correctly, keeping your hair in place, not tugging on the neck, throat and face, displacement of water.
Gloves offers your protection and insulation when diving. Its not advisable to touch sea coral or fishes, as it maybe damage them. But protection is always advised. For beach and underwater clean up, it will be the best to have a pair with you at all times.
With the correct dive wear accessories, you can greatly increase the thermal effectiveness of your wetsuit while protecting yourself from the environment.