Open water swimming (OWS) is a fantastic discipline, that requires some essential equipment, some specific swimming technique and confidence.
The summer is on us and if you are new to OWS then now is a perfect time to take up this exciting swimming sport.
There are some fundamentals that every OWS should be aware, these include :-
Everyone can learn the differences from a pool swim
How should I swim
Use you pool sessions to practice key OWS drills
Because the pool is a more controlled environment, it is useful to practice key drills that will improve your open water swimming technique, these might include :-
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There are some key pieces of equipment we would recommend you consider, including :-
- Goggles - a couple of pairs for different light conditions - 1 x dark tinted pair, for use in bright light conditions. 1 x clear goggles for those duller and evening swims.
- A nose clip if you want to prevent any water entering your nose.
- If you rely on a nose clip and a lot of swimmers do. We would recommend a nose clip strap, this ensures you don't lose the nose clip at the most inconvenient time. You can source one of these from our web site HERE.
- A bright coloured swim hat, this helps others see you in the lake or sea. If the temperature is extra cold then wearing two hats helps.
- A tow float, ideal to keep your small possessions safe in the swim, but more importantly a safety device if you get into difficulty.
- Ear plugs if you are prone to ear infections.
- Warm clothing for after the swim, preferably a changing robe.
- A warm drink.