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Where can I go and open water swim?

As a rule, it is best to check the water quality and conditions before a swim and never go alone. You can join your local open water swimming group or find likeminded swimmers.

How to train for open water swimming in a pool?

People believe that open water swimming is harder than a pool because of water conditions, clarity and current. It certainly is more interesting swimming outdoors and from A to B than up and down a busy chlorinated lane so you may find if you are new to open water swimming that you can achieve longer distances easier than in a pool as you are more engaged with your surroundings. There are safety issues to consider when swimming in the open water, especially swimming in an area with no lifeguards and we would always strongly advise to not go swimming alone. Make sure someone knows where you are, do not enter water you are unfamiliar with and check locally for information about hidden currents or obstacles in the water. Wherever possible consider the use of a tow float too.

How do you start open water swimming?

Pick a spot that is well known for open water swimming and check the conditions. First time open water swimmers should enter the water carefully to make sure your body adjusts to the cooler temperature. Once you’ve entered you will quickly learn how to relax in open water swimming. You may wish to wear a wetsuit or swim boots to increase comfort levels in cooler temps and to protect your feet on stony and rocky terrain.

What is best to wear for open water swimming?

Many open water swimmers will always swim ‘skins’ in the open water.  - This means in a light swim costume such as you would wear in a pool. If you want to be able to stay in cooler water longer or feel more comfortable with some protection, then a wetsuit is a good choice. Swim shoes can protect you from rocky terrain under and above water - or like us at Swim Smart help you get down to the sea at the rocky Archirondel!