Benefits of Open-Water Swimming  

by Pool Builders on 08-08-2012 in Articles

Whether you're training for a triathlon or just looking for something a little different, open water swimming can be a fun way to spice up your regular water workout routine. Open water swims can increase your heart rate, add less predictable resistance, and allow you to swim a greater distance without the monotonous back and forth motion of lap swimming. Plus, there is just something about tackling the open water that really gets the blood pumping and makes you feel truly alive from head to toe. But before you leave the pool behind, there are a few things that you should have on hand to make the transition as smooth as possible. After all, swimming in even slightly harsher conditions can take a toll on your entire body. Be prepared for the worst and you'll be primed to do your best in any open water challenge you take on this swim season.

Barracuda Hot Head Cap
A thermal cap is a much needed essential for any open water swimmer. Lowering your body temperature - even a few degrees - can be detrimental and debilitating in just a matter of minutes. Protect yourself from the head down with a Barracuda Hot Head Cap. It provides swimmers with 4 millimeters of thick neoprene insulation that locks the heat in and shuts the cold out. Not only will it protect you from hypothermia, but it will also help shield your ears from harsh wind and spray. The cap is inlaid with a lycra liner for easy, no-snag on and off. The Velcro chin strap keeps it firmly in place during your entire workout. The Hot Head is available in four sizes, from small to extra large and comes in either black or eye-catching orange. The Barracuda Hot Head cap is also a fantastic addition to any outdoor watersport, such as kayaking, water skiing, windsurfing, or sailing.

Goat Gear AquaSpotter
The last thing you want when open water swimming is to go completely unnoticed. Swimming in the ocean or any other open body of water can be highly dangerous, with boats and jet skis remaining ever-popular. Make sure that other swimmers and boaters can spot you by wearing the revolutionary, patented Aquaspotter by Goat Gear. This unique product provides open water swimmers with unparalleled visibility with little to no drag to slow them down. An 18 inch, super-thin pole, situated on top of a soft strap that firmly wraps around your waist, hoists a bright orange flag that allows boaters, jet skiers and other watercraft to see you at a distance. In addition to motorized crafts, other swimmers, snorkelers and observers from land will be able to spot you easily.

US Diver's Inflatable Snorkel Vest
It's never a bad idea to have an extra safety measure at hand. And that's exactly what the Inflatable Snorkel Vest by U.S. Divers provides. It's an invaluable piece of water gear, especially for novice open water swimmers. The single-bladder vest is easily inflated with a just few small puffs of air. The bright yellow is easy to spot and fits over the head, as well as straps between the legs, for added security. If you aren't fully used to the rigors of open water swimming, it's always a good idea to have an inflatable vest on hand during an intense outdoor water workout.

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