Be prepared and stay safe

Open water swimming is fun and has wonderful benefits. But it's not without risks. Arriving prepared means that you can relax and enjoy your swim and warm up properly afterwards.

Here are some tips:

  • Know your venue: be aware of nuances like currents, tides and entry/exit points

  • Have an idea of the temperature: be aware of how cold the water is and use it to guide you

  • Don't swim alone: make sure you have a swim buddy or somebody to spot from the side

  • Don't stay in for too long

  • Take warming up seriously: have extra layers and a warm drink for afterwards