Before working out in open water, consider these factors:
- Safety: Don’t swim alone, and always know your limits. If the currents, tides, or waves are too much for you, don’t hesitate to stop and seek help from the lifeguards on the course. Consider what help is around in case of emergencies.
- Wetsuits: Use a well fitting suit to provide you with warmth and buoyancy, and more ease in the water.
- Group skills and strategies: Practice with a group will allow you to best develop your abilities to handle the challenges of open water in a typically chaotic triathlon swim.
- If the open water is not marked with distance buoys, set your watch timer for your aerobic pace for 100s to get an idea of your distance covered.
- Every time you are in the water leverage this as your opportunity to practice sighting
Open Water Swim Essentials
- Bright colored swim cap so you are visible to other swimmers
- Mack ear plugs – helps to keep you warmer
- Glide to prevent chafing
- Neoprene Swim cap for additional warmth
- Waterproof watch