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Swimming Tips

Swim Safety

By June 6th, 2022No Comments
  • Most triathlon swims take place in open water, which is more demanding than pool swimming. Practice in open water to get used to factors such as water temperature, waves, currents and lack of lane lines to guide you.
  • Use the buddy system during training sessions. Irregardless of how good a swimmer you are, never train alone in open waters or a pool.
  • Avoid training outdoors if there is a possibility of a thunderstorm.
  • Be aware of any obstacles, such as fishing boat, rowing boat or windsurfers.
  • If the water is cold, do take proper precautions such as wearing a wetsuit and a swim cap. A wetsuit increases buoyancy and helps make the swim easier.
  • If you’re not a strong swimmer, do start from behind the other participants during an event to avoid getting kicked and elbowed by faster racers passing you.
  • If you feel panicky, call for help, stop, or change strokes.
  • If you get into trouble during the swim, put your hands in the air, or yell out (or both) to signal the lifeguard.
  • If you get tired, turn over and backstroke or another swim stroke like the breast stroke for a minute or so. Doing the breaststroke provides a good breather too. However, do not do it around a lot of people.
  • If you are not a strong swimmer, resist the temptation to go out hard amidst the start-line excitement. You’ll tire sooner, and your form will deteriorate quickly, slowing you down and using more energy.
  • Avoid eating a large meal before your swim. Most find that if they eat within two hours of swimming, they feel bloated and uncomfortable.
  • Don’t chew gum or eat while swimming.