Triatholon Swimmers

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

  • Carry it well
    Kit bag

    Grab a sturdy, secure bag. Think about how you'll carry it and where to put wet stuff afterwards.

  • Red Swim Cap
    Be seen
    Stay safe

    Think about your visibility. A brightly-coloured hat and tow float will ensure others can see you.

  • Adjusting Goggles
    What you need to swim
    Swimming stuff

    For open water swimming, you'll need a swimsuit, goggles and a swim hat. If it's sunny, pick polarised or shaded goggles.

  • Wetsuit or skins?
    Wetsuit

    You're going to be in the water for 30-45 mins, so I recommend an outdoor swimming wetsuit. If you're training for a skins event, it's best if I coach you without.

    Swimming wetsuits are different to surfing wetsuits. Please make sure you buy carefully.

    A swimming wetsuit will have a smooth coating and variable thickness so that you are kept buoyant in the right places but you're still able to move your arms freely. Check out my wetsuit buying guide for more info.

  • Pack an extra layer
    For afterwards

    Pack a towel and changing robe or dressing gown to change under, plus an extra layer of warm clothing.

  • Bring a warm drink
    Eat and drink

    Make sure you have eaten and you're well hydrated. A snack and warm drink is a great way to warm up afterwards too.

  • Old-Fashioned Clock
    Time your swim
    How long?

    Thing about how long you're going to spend in the water. For winter swims, one minute per degree is a good guide.