Jumping Back In: Open Water Swimming Skills for All Levels

Our local lake is like…56F. Some of us have races coming up really soon. Ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about open water swimming again.

Whether you’re considering your first open-water race or you’re looking to go so fast that you capsize the support boat in your wake, now is a great time to start thinking through the unique challenges that swimming in open water offers.

Topics Covered:

  • Getting in the water for the first time
  • Some of the most common mistakes beginners make
  • What to expect in your first race, and how to prepare
  • Beating fear and anxiety
  • Pacing (mostly not starting too fast)
  • Good sighting habits (there’s no extra credit for swimming a longer course)
  • Dealing with different environments (current, shorebreak, clear/cloudy water, cold/warm water, seaweed, shallow sections)
  • How to become best friends with your wetsuit
  • Making the most of your kick (yes, even with a wetsuit)
  • Stroke mechanics and other technique differences in open water swimming
  • When to draft, and how to do so without getting kicked (too often)
  • How often to practice in open water


Welcome to new sponsor: LB Endurance!


Music Credit:

Cheery Monday Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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