If you like the idea of splashing about in a tropical lagoon, swimming in a lake or taking on your first triathlon but have a fear of open water that stops you realising your ambitions, it’s time to take action! With a little planning and preparation, you can find the courage to overcome those fears and enjoy an open water swim. Here’s a few tips:
Choose Your Waters
Everyone has their own idea of what the perfect open water swim entails. Overcoming the fear and empowering yourself to take the plunge is easier if you can find a location that inspires you to be brave or one that offers the support and facilities you need to feel safe. You can find a complete list of safe, outdoor swimming spots and information about the amenities available, online at the Outdoor Swimming Society.
Prepare Yourself Mentally
Addressing your fears and phobias can often trigger overwhelming anxieties that in this case can leave you stuck on dry land. Prepare yourself mentally by doing a little research. Find out everything you can about your swim location or visit it and speak to the coaches or other swimmers there about their experiences.
Prepare Yourself Physically
It’s easier to develop the belief that you can complete an open water swim if you’re physically prepared for it. Spend time at the pool working on your strokes but also practice treading water and sighting. Lane markers and clear water make swimming in straight lines at the pool straightforward, but in open water, tides, currents and reduced visibility make it more challenging. Practice swimming to a point in the middle of the pool, treading water and swimming back.
Get the Right Swimwear
Open water swims present unique challenges. Tides, currents, weather conditions and water temperatures all need to be considered. Thankfully, most of these challenges can be managed with the right swimwear. If you’re swimming in British waters, you will need the following essential items:
When planning a getaway with the family nothing brings you together like the freedom and euphoria of the water. From little ones splashing about to grown-ups swimming away their stress, all the family can share the joy of water on holiday. When choosing swimwear for the family there are lots of options, so we've put together some key tips on what to look out for so that the whole family can swim happy in a sea of great memories this summer.
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