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Taking pool skills to the open water - things to consider

Spring is just around the corner, the weather is getting warmer and the mornings and evenings are getting lighter. The open water and triathlon season is nearly upon us!


You've spent the winter months training, grinding out lengths of technique and endurance work in the pool, but now is the time to get your head around getting into the open water. "What are the main differences between pool and open water swimming?" I hear you ask...

  • No lane ropes or handy lines on the bottom of the pool to keep you swimming straight

  • Conditions - choppy, colder, potentially murky water

  • Personal space - lots of other swimmers in close proximity

  • Equipment - swimming in a wetsuit, swim hat and a towfloat

  • It's open water - there might be wildlife in the water!




You will need to master sighting, making sure you swim in a straight line, rather than snaking and adding distance, using up more energy on your swim.


It's always worth getting used to swimming in various weather conditions - it's lovely on a still day when the sun is shining, but you never know what conditions you might face on race day.


It's worthwhile investing in some good kit for your triathlon and open water swimming. We are affiliated with Zone 3, so if you need any kit and advice, drop us a line and we'll sort you out!


WE CAN HELP!! We have the following courses live and available to book:

  • Level 1 - Open Water Introductory Session - 21st May

  • Level 2 - Beginner Open Water Course - 14th, 21st & 28th May

  • Level 3 - Improver Open Water Skills Course - 15th, 22nd & 29th May



As ever, don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have!

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