Gear Needed for Open Water Swimming

Gear Needed for Open Water Swimming

When open water swimming you don't need a huge amount of kit. 

We've listed below what we think you will need for comfort and safety reasons we have listed below the kit we think you need to make the best of your experience in the water.

1.    Goggles - a comfortable pair of goggles are a must when outdoor swimming.  When swimming outdoors it is best if your lenses are wider than pool goggles to make sighting easier.  Photochromatic lenses are also recommended as they adjust to the light conditions ie. darker in bright sun and clear under gloomier skies.

2.  A Tow float swim buoy or dry bag swim buoy is an essential piece of kit to keep you seen in the water. The brightly coloured buoys are attached to swimmers' waists and float behind them and make them more visible to other water users and also to people on the shore. Because the bags are full of air this means they do not drag and also they can be held on to if you need a rest.   Dry bags also double up as waterproof storage for clothes, mobile phones, medicine, shoes, etc.

3.  High visibility swimming cap - As like the swim buoy this makes you highly visible in open water but also protects your hair from chemicals and keeps hair out of your face.  Our Bubble Swim Cap with it's silicone bubble design gives added insulation in cooler water and are also ideal for swimmers with longer hair.  

If you want a cap more insulated try a neoprene swim cap.  The 3mm neoprene provides a warm insulating layer to reduce heat loss from your head and keeps you comfortable in cooler water. 


4.  A change robe is ideal for keeping you warm and cosy before your swim and also helps decrease any chance of after-drop after your swim.   They are also brilliant for getting changed under too. 

Our Selkie Change Robe has a full quick wicking Sherpa fleece lining throughout, extra-long zip pulls easier to handle with cold hands, through to the option to have a full or shorter length sleeve, and a more fitted hood, everything has been considered to keep the elements out and you super cozy.


With your kit now sorted click on our Open Water Safety Guides for guidance on how to swim in different types of open water. 

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