Open Water Swimming Tips for Beginners


welcome to whiteboard Wednesday on

today's episode I'm sharing with you

guys five open water swimming tips if

you're a beginner swimmer I'll share a

few different reasons why you want to

consider the open water and of course if

you're a beginner or advanced from our

five different tips that you can make

your open water swim as efficient and

enjoyable as possible if you're new to

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know in the comments what your favorite

part about open water swimming is or if

you're beginner swimmer let us know in

the comments what questions you have and

hopefully we can answer them by the end

of this video now the first thing you

might be considering is why would I go

for an open water swim in the first

place there's a few different reasons

I'm gonna hold line six of them right


the first could be that you're bored and

tired of swimming in a chlorinated pool

maybe you hate the smell of chlorine you

get tired of looking at that black line

going back and forth and a 25 meter 25

yard or 50 meter pool and you just had

enough and you want to mix things up

open water can be a great alternative

perhaps you don't have access to a pool

maybe you're quarantined somewhere

you're traveling you just don't have

access for a number of different reasons

and the open water is the only thing

that you can get into so it's fun to go

for a dip no pool no excuses

the third reason could be that you just

want to be one with nature it's so

enjoyable to go out in the open water

and you're in a different element you're

really connecting with the water in a

new and creative way and that's

something that makes open water swimming

really unique and fun perhaps you want

to expand your social circle this is a

great reason to try open water swimming

because there's definitely a different

community there's some overlap pool and

open water swimming but there's

definitely a group of people who love

open water swimming and they'll never go

swimming in a pool and that community is

something really fun to be a part of

maybe you want to get that sense of

achievement accomplishment I mean how

cool is it to look out in the water and

just say that you swam to a buoy and

back or maybe you swam a certain

distance open water you swam from one

point to another or across a lake or

across a channel with safety of course

there's an are different things that

make you feel prideful and you'd like

you accomplished something that you

really can't get in the pool like you

can in open water and the last reason I

like to consider open water swimming is

because it's downright fun it's a

different experience really thinking

about that elements of nature

and really being able to connect with

the water in a new and creative way

definitely going for an open water swim

is fun not that swimming in a pool is

not fun but it definitely fun in its own

right now what equipment might you want

to have there's a lot of different

equipment that you may or may not need

depending on who you are and what your

skill level is and how serious you want

to take it there's of course some basics

that you have to have you have to have

some kind of a swimsuit got to cover

yourself up it's a pan where you live

might get away with something else yeah

I have some goggles swim cap safety buoy

if you're not used to wearing a swim cap

for my guys out there in a pool in open

water it's a really important thing to

have a swim cap because it makes you

visible to other people if it's really

choppy and you don't have a swim cap on

and you have dark hair like I do or even

blonde hair doesn't really matter it's

really hard to see you so for

watercrafts marine life whatever you

need to make sure that you're present

and visible so having a swim cap is a


and I also recommend highly recommend a

safety movie this is one of those things

that you can attach with a buckle around

your waist it inflates with air and you

can even put your stuff in there whether

it's your phone wallet or anything you

don't believe on the beach if you don't

want to leave it on the shore and again

this is all about visibility of course

you can hang on it and it's gonna keep

you from you know potentially needing it

a life life preserved but it's

definitely something I highly recommend

there are definitely some optional

pieces of equipment really depends on

where you are where you're at but

definitely having a wetsuit is super

beneficial if you're trying to go for a

longer swim if the water is really cold

it's not required but it's definitely a

super helpful if the water is chilly you

might have energy gels again if you're

swimming with an open water buoy you can

attach these to it you can stick the

energy gels inside if you're going for a

longer swim something to consider even

an energy drink not an energy drink like

a sports drink or something to keep

yourself hydrated you might want air

plugs if even if you're not used to

using those in the pool it might be a

good consideration I have in the open

water if it's really cold and that's a

great way to keep yourself warm

maybe swim gloves or a skullcap

something to keep your body a little bit

more insulated you can get some things

that cover your hands or your feet or

your head in addition to the swim cap

that you're actually gonna wear those a

lot of them have to do with temperature

they're optional not required now let's

get into these five tips now these are

five broken out a number different

things sort of an order that you need to

follow the first is to serve an

environment this is really if you're a

beginner swimmer this is something you

have to before you get started you've

got to figure out

safety first where are you actually

going to swim you know is it are you

swimming in the lake the ocean what does

it look like is you know how deep is the

water what is the water depth is there

marine life or is there a restricted

area you're not allowed to swim in

certain areas are there sharks right

are there Turtles alligators whatever

make sure it's safe where you're gonna


what is the watercraft situation are

there jet skis boats is there a shipping

channel does it matter what time of day

you're allowed to swim so make sure you

follow the regulations and of course

think safety first if you enjoy my silbo

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thank you very much

step number two and tip number two is to

have a game plan it the worst thing you

can do is say I'm gonna swim from here

to the other side of the lake

good luck we'll see you later bye that's

the worst thing you can do it's really

important to figure out your plan figure

out where you're gonna swim the route

ideally you're swimming with someone

else step number three to number three

and set a SMART goal for yourself

there's three layers to this so you can

go by time you can say I'm gonna swim

for 30 minutes maybe you have two buoys

and you're to swim from one buoy to

another buoy and you're just gonna go

for thirty minutes and you got a

SmartWatch you just have a mental

awareness of the time somehow or you can

go by distance you know that you want to

swim one mile one kilometre two

kilometers five kilometers you have a


marked out you know a map you know

you're gonna swim and you have mapped

out that's the second best way and the

reason why I say time is really the best

because you know given the current and

other variables it might be really

difficult to really understand how far

you're going and how long it's gonna

take you but time is actually the the

least risky way if you've got a watch to

know how long you should be spending in

the water if you're used to only

swimming for thirty minutes it doesn't

make sense to try and swim across the

lake that's five miles you're just not

gonna make it you're asking for a

disaster to happen and then the third

and potentially worth way is by feel I'm

just gonna swim until I get tired and

I'm gonna get out you can certainly do

that I don't recommend it I recommend

going by time or distance or some

combination of the two and figure out

your game plan before you get into the

water and alongside that have a swim


make sure you swim in a pack it helps

for visibility helps for mental

motivation and of course it makes it

more fun it could be a swim buddy you

could have someone following you on a

kayak like a spotter they could carry

your gear as well whether if they're in

a kayak or maybe even

a paddleboard maybe they're in a small

watercraft of some kind it's really

important to have a swim buddy and it

doesn't be a swim buddy could be just a

companion a partner that goes out in the

open water with you makes it more

enjoyable it makes it more more safe the

fourth tip is to use the right gear now

we talked about the gear a little bit

right here we talked about what swim

equipment is required to go for an open

water swim and what equipment is

optional again let us know in the

comments if you want more specificity if

you need certain gear for certain

environments but it's really important

to have the right stuff and make sure

you plan it out before if you know

you're gonna go for a longer swim make

sure you get your energy gels if you

know the water is gonna be 45 degrees

Fahrenheit I don't recommend swinging

that kind of temperature but you know

the waters gonna be under sixty degrees

you need to have a wetsuit it's just not

smart to go in there in a brief and hope

for the best

so figure out your equipment game plan

before and keep it simple there's a lot

of different equipment out there let us

know if you want recommendations on what

you should be getting but don't over

complicate it keep it simple especially

if you're getting started and even for

the advanced swimmers there's no reason

to over indulge and just spend a ton of

money buying all this stuff that's

really just gonna over complicate it

remember swimming is so beautiful

because just you and the water you need

to have a swimsuit between you and the

water but other than that it's pretty

much you don't really need anything of

course you want to have goggles and a

swim cap if you're going for open water

and you want to get in a real swim

workout but other than that you don't

really need a lot so keep it simple and

then add in the gear as appropriate and

the fifth tip is to do a dynamic warmup

before you actually get in the water

this is probably most training specific

goal here notice how we talked about

four different tips before even getting

into the water all about preparation so

you can enjoy the open water swim and

the fifth tip here is the dynamic warmup

so it's really important to elevate your

heart rate because when you get in the

water in a pool it's a lot easier to

warm yourself up you can just do one

length 25 meters 50 meters 100 meters

and then boom you can take a break you

can stop you can stand grab on to the

wall you can't really do that

necessarily in open water and of course

you want to measure the depth you want

to know how deep it is and you want to

know what you're getting yourself into

and most of the time you're not going to

be able to stop you're gonna have to

tread water float on your back if you

need to take a break so because of that

there isn't really an easy way to warm

yourself up in the open water unless

you're more experienced from where there

are some things you can do so it's

important to Elle

your heart rate and increase the blood

flow in your entire body so dynamic

stretching is before the workout that's

moving your arms hem dynamic hamstring

stretch jumping up and down you know

shaking out your muscles getting the

blood activated because remember you're

not going to be moving your arms until

you get in the water and it's not going

to stop unless you float on your back or

do some kind of elementary back stroke

so really important to do dynamic

warm-up before you even get in the water

if you're looking for dynamic stretches

and dryland training programs make sure

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got swim training programs and dryland

training programs let's talk about a few

different bonus tips so I've got four

right here the first one is probably the

most important for a beginner or an

advanced swimmer who's coming from a

swimming pool training competition or

just fitness background and it's don't

worry about the distance or pace that

you go compared to a pool and a pool you

might have a routine you go 2,000 meters

you go 5,000 meters three times a week

whatever your routine is you kind of

throw that out the window it's not

really that relevant when you go to the

open water it's not apples and oranges

apples and oranges they don't really

compare because they're so different for

a number of factors there's current

there's waves there's chop

there's fatigue there's no push off the

wall there's Sun there's temperature

there's so many different things you

don't worry about in the pool so it's

really important not to get yourself in

the mental and blind yourself to the

fact that this is a different

environment it's almost like a different

sport entirely and you need to treat it

as such along with your assumptions so

set those SMART goals don't especially

if you're getting started don't worry

about how fast you're swimming don't

worry if you all have to swim 2,000

meters because I'm used to swimming

2,000 meters and don't do this is the

worst thing

don't try and equate well from buoy a to

buoy B is 50 meters so I'm gonna run

1550s on some interval you can do that

if you become a more advanced swimmer

and you're used to running training and

you're used to open water but you're

just getting started

don't try and run a pool workout in the

open water it's just not gonna be the

same there are certain things you can

apply from the pool to open water

because go in the water with an open

mind and really enjoy it

I also recommend mixing up the strokes

you don't have to only do freestyle

backstroke and breaststroke make sure

you're safe if you're doing backstroke

understand where the buoys are

potentially your other watercraft it's

not like a pool in that regard

and make sure you're just enjoying

yourself float on your back if you get

tired the easiest thing you can do is to

roll onto your back and do elementary

backstroke or just float on your back if

you have a wetsuit you're gonna float by

default it's gonna be pretty easy so

make sure you float kick your legs a

little bit do a flutter kick really

enjoy the water and make sure you're not

over for taking yourself mixed up The


the third is to practice open water

sighting in different open water skills

now if you are swimming between buoys

and you're swimming in a relatively flat

environment open water sighting is

actually kind of easy the way it works

is you're gonna lift your head up so

your eyes are just above the surface of

the water and you can make a good

observation of what's in front of you

and make sure you can just orient

yourself to make sure you're going in a

straight line or wherever it is that

you're trying to go practice these

skills it's really difficult to do this

in a pool effectively you can do in a

pool you can set up cones and you can

practice open water sighting but if you

are training for an open water race or a

triathlon this is your chance don't blow


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subscribers and the fourth is to learn

to relax in cold water may be sure to

put this one first if you're beginner

swimmer this might be the most

intimidating thing going into water you

can't see the bottom you can't stand the

water is freezing am I supposed to just

start swimming it's okay take a deep

breath and learn to relax because the

worst thing you want to do is kind of

just get anxiety and tense up and

everything that's why it's really

important to have that dynamic warm-up

before you get in the water so that way

you've already elevated your heart rate

you're ready to go and then bring your

heart rate down then whether you dive in

or just walk into the water depending on

your environment if the water is cold

your body's already been acclimated to

physical work so you're not going just

wake up in the morning from bed and you

hop in a freezing lake and then you

start swimming you break yourself in

that's why the dynamic warmup is super

important it's also really important to

learn to relax in that cold water so

focus on your breathing and your nose

out your mouth because it can be a big

waste of energy and it can actually be a

safety risk if you panic just because

the water is a little bit colder than

you're used to in the pool another

reason why it's important to have a

wetsuit but even without a wetsuit it's

important to learn this skill so that

way you're safe in the open water I hope

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