Open Water Swimming: Tips to help you conquer the waters!

It's not long before we enter the warmer seasons and most of you will take to the open waters! Here are a few tips for those experienced swimmers and those completely new to the sport!



Swim Sessions

To help you build your confidence, swim in safe and controlled environments that are supervised, maybe your local lake or swimming pond. Training with a friend can also help to keep you motivated through your swim sessions.

Training Aids

Using training aids is a great way to train, and target specific areas of your swim. If you need to work on your arm technique, try using a pull buoy to isolate your legs so you can really concentrate on getting your stroke right in open water.


Before you go swimming, do some deep breathing – especially if you’ve had a particularly stressful day. You work better in the water when you’re more relaxed.

Use the Right Gear

Ensure you are prepared with the right kit for your race, practice with these items and ensure you are comfortable with everything. The guys at Tri Wetsuit Hire recommend at a minimum, you should make sure you have the following:

  • Wetsuit – Make sure you get a wetsuit that fits! (Hiring from Tri Wetsuit Hire is a great option)
  • Goggles- the last thing you want is to forget your goggles!
  • Swim cap – Ideally in a bright colour, to help you stand out
  • Safety Tow Float – These buoys can be used as a floatation aid if you get tired during your swim, and also make it easier for others to see you.
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On the day

If you’re not a confident open water swimmer, or this is your first triathlon, it’s a good idea to start at the back of the pack for the swim start. This will allow you to ease into your rhythm and avoid the mayhem of the swim start.

Go with the flow!

You’ve done the training, you know you can swim the distance. If something unexpected goes wrong on the day, try swimming a bit of breaststroke to help you catch your breath. Swim three stokes then take a breath, swim one stroke, and take a breath.

Competing in an open water swimming event is a challenge that not many would take on! So well done for even signing up and taking part!



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