Open Water Swimming Tips

Open water swimming can be an exhilarating and incredibly rewarding experience, whether you’re planning on taking part in a triathlon or not. Unlike indoor swimming, it offers the chance to pit yourself against nature, even gentle currents can help build muscle strength and there’s no chlorine to worry about.

Despite these benefits, open water swimming tends to be something that many potential athletes are worried about when they first start thinking about taking part in a triathlon. Get the low down on swimming outdoors and find out why it’s well worth your time.


Offering all of the same health benefits as indoor swimming as well as some great added extras, such as a fun social scene and plenty of rejuvenating fresh air, swimming outdoors is a wonderful way to stay fit.

Once you’ve invested in decent wetsuit, swimming in the open can be a surprisingly warm and gratifying experience. Not only will a wetsuit protect you from the elements, it has a natural buoyancy that makes swimming easier. For a smoother start to your open water adventure, try your wetsuit out in your local pool or lido first.

No matter how much training you do in the pool, there’s nothing that compares to the feeling of open water swimming. Before taking part in a triathlon, try and make sure you’re able to have at least three or four practice sessions in a natural setting. There are many lakes around the UK that are suitable for open water swimming and sessions out in the wild are excellent for boosting self-assurance prior to race day.


The best way to dive into competitive open swimming is to have a few sessions with an experienced coach. When it comes to a triathlon, there are a few challenges to master that you might not have thought of, including positioning yourself correctly at the start of the race, sighting and turning properly as well as the best way to exit the water and remove your wetsuit.

Book coached open water swim sessions with Daniel Bingham to practice these techniques in a group environment that simulates the race day scenario or find a open swimming coach near you to make sure you’re prepared for the big day.