Open water swimmers favour the lakes, lynns and lochs of the UK. If you feel the pull of adventure then there are a few things you need to know before taking the plunge.
Top tips for getting into open water swimming
- You need to be a competent swimmer. Become a strong pool swimmer first then it’s a fairly simple transition into open water.
- If you are competent, then practice for open water swimming in the pool. Check out our top tips for preparing in the pool for open water here.
- Be honest with yourself about how fond you are of fish, slimy vegetation, and insects. Yes, you could see and feel them all. This is not a chlorine controlled pool environment.
- Get into open water swimming with a friend. Swimming alone in open water is not recommended. The temperature and choppiness of the water can make things difficult.
- Open water is cold, buy a wetsuit. They help insulate against the cold and keep you buoyant in open water. They are also great fun to wear.
- If you have got the level where you are considering open water swimming you may want to think about joining a Masters Swimming Club. They are a great way to find fellow open water wannabes. They will also help you develop your swimming in a supportive environment.
Preparing for open water swimming in a warm, comfortable pool is a good stepping stone to the real thing, over the winter is a perfect time to get your swim fitness in time for the season start: most open water venues start again in the spring.