How to Stay Safe in the Open Water

Proper preparation can help you to be safe in your next open water swim

Whether you’re swimming for fitness in the open water or training for an open water race or triathlon, the person most responsible for your safety is you.

Yes, race directors, coaches, and teammates care about your well-being and will likely do their best to ensure your safety. But you, as the open water event participant, play the most important role in your own safety.

Ensuring a safe swim, whether you’re a beginner or an elite swimmer, means taking responsibility for yourself by being prepared both in and out of the water, a process that starts long before you get in for your first swim or on race day.


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