As we sense the autumn chill creeping in, it can be tempting to find excuses to skip training during the off-season. While your local pool may offer comfort, it doesn't quite compare to the invigorating experience of open-water swimming. A recent study has revealed that swimming in cold open waters can reduce depressed mood by up to 10 times over those who just sat on the beach and watched. That's why we've compiled our top recommendations for extending your open-water training season.
To maintain warmth, it's essential to wear a wetsuit. This might seem obvious, but it's crucial. If you still feel a chill in your core, consider opting for a thicker training wetsuit or even layering with a Neoprene Warmth Vest underneath for added insulation.
DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD!
If you're particularly sensitive to the cold, ensure you have a Neoprene Swim Cap to prevent brain freeze. You can choose one with a chin strap for a secure fit or a strapless version. If you prefer a more traditional swim cap, make sure to have two for layering. If you need an extra one, explore our silicone options here.
FINGERS & TOES
Your hands and feet are major sources of heat loss in cold conditions. It's crucial to keep them warm to maintain dexterity and whole-body warmth. We offer two types of neoprene swim gloves and socks: our standard neoprene version for those who need just a little bit of extra coverage as we transition in and out of the core winter months. Secondly, our Heat-Tech collection is for the coldest and most challenging conditions you are facing in the peaks of winter.
If you're not accustomed to swimming in cold water, consider easing into it. Take your time getting into the water, jumping in could be a big shock and can cause you to panic and hyperventilate. Prepare yourself mentally for the initial shock to your system caused by the cold water. Plan your first few strokes carefully, enter the water slowly, and take a few deep breaths. Cold water swimming can be disorienting if you're not used to it, but staying calm and avoiding panic is crucial. Check if there's a lido or outdoor pool nearby and have a session (in your wetsuit) there before venturing into open water. Remember it is safer to swim with friends and don’t forget your tow float!
COFFEE & CAKE
Ensure you have a large towel on hand to wrap up and dry off as quickly as possible after your swim. You'll also want to change into something warm, which is why we've developed our collection of change robes and parkas to help you get warm and stay warm once you have enjoyed you swim. While swimming with friends in colder temperatures is great fun to catch up and chat, getting warm should always be the priority before getting coffee and cake.