8 May, 2018
Tips for Ocean Swimming, by Coach Kristen Smith Jeno. The following opportunities can increase your exposure to unforeseeable water conditions. Remember to never swim alone and respect the water, only entering if you feel confident and trained.
1. Take open water clinics, often offered by Coach Kristen or athletes. These clinics give you a chance to enter the water at a slower pace with a group of people, simulating a race start.
2. Perfect your dolphin skills over and under waves. Too many people like to side-swim, walk or dog paddle through oncoming swells or white water. Getting under the waves will save you a tremendous amount of energy in getting to the first buoy.
3. Train for the open water with Without Limits Swimming. We schedule monthly swims with great attendance. The more time you spend in the water, the more comfortable you will feel race day.
4. Never miss the opportunity to warm-up. This is your chance to feel the water temperature, the current and the depth. Also view the course from in the water and make adjustments on your goggles, wetsuit or start position and path.
5. Take advantage of the group starting ahead. Watch racers’ entries and path to the first buoy. If the entire group is being pushed south by the current, re-think your start location. Note any palaces where people may be steeping into holes, or running across sandbars.
6. Consider going wetsuit-less in big surf. The buoyancy of the neoprene hinders your chances of getting under big waves.
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