Outdoor Swimming

We have spoken with so many of our customers and listened to various communities and forums. With COVID-19 so heavily impacting pool closures and indoor swim sites, outdoor swimming has become hugely popular and many pool goers are now taking to the great outdoors! We have put together a selection of current products that are the best suited to outdoor and open water swimming. 

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Wetsuits

Now that we are part of the HEAD sports group we have hand picked some of thier best wetsuits, available right here at ZOGGS.

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Womens Swimwear

Open water swimming can be done in your standard pool costume and doesn’t have to be done in a full body wetsuit. In-fact most open water swimmers prefer this! We have rounded up our best selection from style of swimsuit to bright colours that allow you to be seen & tracked for safety.

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Mens Swimwear

Our selection of jammers and brightly coloured shorts are perfect to get you into the lake with that wild swim feeling! If you are starting out, try one of these.

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Goggles

There is a variety of Goggles that we stock, however from talking to our Open Water customers, we have found that over 2020 our Predator range goggles were the most purchased. WHY? Because they are the chosen goggle for open water and triathlon swimmers! Both of which have seen an increase.

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Caps & Safety

Swim Caps are essential for open water as they keep hair out of the way whilst swimming! It’s best practice to wear a bright colour cap so you can be spotted by other swimmers. Along side this don’t forget to add nose clips and ear plugs to your all important swim bag.

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    1. Find a open water swimming venue
    There are many open water swimming venues that continue to allow swims during the chilly months. Due to the increasingly popularity of cold water swimming, more and more venues are keeping open longer. The best thing to do to find them is get searching on the internet, or better yet, Facebook. There are numerous specific open water swimming groups across the UK who regularly meet up for swims, these often host their own Facebook groups too. If you do some digging and you’ll not only find many venues, but potentially make some new swimming buddies!

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    When you’re just starting out with cold water swimming the best thing to do is get the right kit to keep you warm. If female, a good swimsuit and if male, well-made swim shorts, followed by a wetsuit. Not only is a wetsuit designed for buoyancy in the water, it is also keeps you warmer than just swimming in a swimsuit. When wearing a wetsuit, unlike just a swimsuit, the wetsuit allows the water to seep in gradually. This gives your body a good amount of time to slowly acclimatise. Beyond your wetsuit, you can pick up gloves, hat and boots to keep you toasty!

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