Swimming Tips, Especially In Open Water
Posted 14 February 2010 - 12:55 PM
I've just signed up for a 4k swim across a lake in Wales for charity. I'm an ok swimmer but have trouble doing the front crawl as my legs don't float. Has anyone got any advice about swimming in open water, training, how to get my legs to float and whether I should get a wetsuit and if so what kind.
Whilst I'm at it, I'll be camping on the bank of the lake the night before the swim and any advice on how I can make that easier would also be great.
Any advice would be really welcome.
Posted 14 February 2010 - 01:38 PM
You are going to be imursed in water for some distance and you don't think a wet suit is advisable
Having a floatation devise for your non floating legs might bend your back a bit
Does your camp site have toileting facilities
Sleeping bag, matress, tent as per the event, but no loo is a no no.
I have a tent I can erect without help, but if no loo on site - no me
I've had no experiance with flotation devices but do very a swim with differant strokes
I didn't even go canoeing without a wet suit
Do a bit more planning - and good luck
Posted 14 February 2010 - 04:31 PM
Posted 14 February 2010 - 06:20 PM
It isn't a race on land, where you can just stop and rest, then hail a cab.
As for the camping,,, no prob,,, but take along a toilet seat. or a camp chair with a properly place hole in the seat. As long as you have no problems with modesty, that is...
If you use a full wet suit, that will keep your legs up. The neopreme is quite bouyant.
Give it some thought,,,, and a lot of practice time,, and I think you will do well. Not to mention,, if you finish,, you'll be my new hero.
Go for it Rocky.
Posted 15 February 2010 - 08:58 AM
Thanks for your advice and your words of caution. I think I should probably reasure you on a couple of issues. I'm actually doing the swim for a spinal injuries charity called Aspire http://www.aspire.org.uk/ and there will be a support boat in the water, so there will be people on hand who know what they are doing, even if I don't at this time! Also the swim isn't until August so I have plenty of time to train, train and train some more. I'd also previously checked and the campsite does have an accessible toilet. I'm going to keep a training diary on my blog www.rockupandroll.com, so any tips I do get I'll make sure they are credited in future posts.
Posted 16 February 2010 - 04:17 AM
Bottom line... wet suits are a good investment!
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