Top tips for getting into open water

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

  1. You need to be a competent swimmer. Become a strong pool swimmer first then it’s a fairly simple transition into open water.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.


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