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Open Water Swimming Tips

Did you complete the Splash Series Harbour Swim on 25 April? We were lucky enough to receive a free entry from 2XU to participate and despite having done little/zero training we decided to have a crack at the 5km swim.

The conditions were perfect, the water was flat and the sun was shining and the water was warm, we couldn’t have asked for better conditions.

We completed the swim in 1 hour 45 mins - a bit slower than we would like but not bad considering our lack of preparation.


Following the swim we wanted to share our tips on preparing for an open water swim:


1. Sighting 👀

Checking where you are going is paramount when completing an ocean swim. If you get this wrong 5km can easily turn into 6km. Sighting can be tricky especially if your swim is in the morning and it is sunny, as the position of the sun can make it hard to see the buoys. With this in mind make sure you have the right equipment for your swim such as tinted goggles and that you are comfortable with lifting and looking every couple of strokes to keep yourself on track.


2. Swim with a buddy 👭

If it’s your first swim or you aren’t super confident we recommend swimming with a partner. We are lucky to be similar paced swimmers so we decided to swim together since it was our first ever 5km swim. Having a buddy is great motivation especially towards the end of a long race as the arms start to tire and you begin to wonder why you signed up in the first place! Don’t if you don’t have any mates who are keen swimmers, there are plenty social swim groups around Sydney


3. Know the course ➡️

Make sure you check the map and have a clear idea of the course beforehand. This sounds like a no-brainer but we have to confess we made this rookie error on Sunday and accidentally followed the wrong course for the first part of our race adding extra distance to our swim 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ lesson learnt!


We hope these tips are helpful and give you the confidence to sign up to an ocean swim. Send us a message if you would like more help or guidance with ocean swimming 🏊🏼‍♀️




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