blogAcclimatisation pt2

September 2, 20183
Following on from last weeks blog, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on kit/equipment needed for swimming, along with my key tips for acclimatisation into Open Water.
  1. Arrive in good time, assess the weather conditions (flow of water, rain, wind etc.), ensure your wetsuit is fitted correctly – not forgetting to zip it all the way up!
  2. Gradually lower yourself into the water to wading depth – allowing your lower body to adjust to temperature change, gradually lower stomach/chest into water trying to control breathing as best as possible. When ready – put face into water before removing it and repeating until this is comfortable. Lower head until submerged, repeat! At this point, don’t try to swim, it’s all about feeling comfortable.
  3. Dress to the conditions, even in the height of summer I’d still recommend taking a full kit bag just in case the temperature changes – this would include: neoprene hat, extra swim hats, booties and gloves. If available some people chose to wear tri-suits underneath wetsuits to maintain body temperature. Goggle choice is always a good discussion – we will look at this in further posts!
  4. If available check water temperature (some venues have thermometer readings)
  5. Make sure you have an emergency point of contact / swim buddy! Your safety is absolutely paramount. Swim buoys are a good visual aid in the water, they are NOT a safety device. Know your limits.


When going to any Open Water venue, no matter how many times I have been there I always ensure I take a lot of kit – here’s my list of essential kit!

  • Wetsuit (properly fitting)
  • Neoprene Hats – keeps the head toasty warm!
  • Silicone / latex swim hats – brightly coloured to be easily seen in the water for safety
  • Neoprene swim socks / booties – especially in winter these are great for keeping feet warm.
  • Neoprene gloves – cold weather can really affect your fingers!
  • Swim buoy – can be used as a visual aid in the water to be easily spotted or to carry essential medical / food supplies.
  • Water bottles / energy gels.

I will be looking at swim buoys in greater detail in a few weeks, keep posted for updates.

Let me know how you got on and If you need help with water acclimatisation! I am running a couple of sessions during the week in the north east. Send me a message to find out more!
Come on, TriOpenWater! You know you want to.
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  • Helen Sykes

    September 2, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Matthew
    When and where will your sessions be? Are they for individuals or small groups and are they focusing on skills, distance, speed, acclimatisation – or something else – and what level swimmer are you looking for?
    Thanks, Helen


    • matt

      September 2, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      Hi Helen, I was thinking of heading to Bishopton and/or River Tees mid week. They can either be for individuals based on their experience or small groups wanting more specific work. Any ability is welcomed!


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