Keys to Swimming in Open Waters

by Pool Builders on 03-01-2011 in Articles

If you're looking for a great way to get in shape and are tired of the traditional running jogging and expensive gym memberships, then maybe here's one option to consider. Swimming, it's a fun and inexpensive way to get into or stay in shape. It's a great option for anyone is looking to stay fit while not putting extra strain or stress on your knees, back, and feet.

If you're lucky enough to have access to your own or a public pool then this article is probably not for you. If you're like most and do your swimming in a lake, river, ocean or any other body of open water then there are a few things you should keep in mind.

The first thing to remember is that you never ever should go for a swim in open water alone. Always be sure to have a friend or family member near by to help keep an eye on you as well as the surrounding conditions. Safety should always be a top priority when you go into the waters and when you're in open waters there a lot other things that come into play when it comes to your well being so make sure you and your spotter are prepared.

Be wary of extreme water temperatures, especially that of the cold nature. Cold waters are notorious for making muscles cramp and spasm much quicker or unexpectedly. You don't want to be out in the middle of the water and have your legs start cramping. So be sure to stretch properly and get you body warmed up and your blood pumping before you set foot in the water. Also if the water reaches anywhere around the mid 60's please do the right thing and make sure to put on a wet suit or vest of some sort to help keep maintain your core temp.

Never go into the water or for a swim if the overall conditions are questionable and although it might not have to be said but just in case, if there's a storm or a storm coming and there is possible lightning in the area then you must put your swim on hold, don't even go near the water.

If the conditions are favorable and you decide to go for it always be mindful of your surrounds. Look for any possible dangers or hazards that might be lurking in the water because even the smallest of obstacles can become big time problems if you're not careful.

Swimming in the open water can be a great activity for anyone if and when the proper precautions are taken. Don't let these precautions get you down about trying it, use them to your advantage and go have a blast.

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