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Tips voor openwater zwemmen. Vanaf welke watertemperatuur kan ik open water zwemmen? En wat heb ik nodig?

Tips for open water swimming. From what water temperature can I swim open water? And what do I need?

New: From 20 April 2020 it is possible to test a wetsuit from the open water from a side channel from the Amstel from the Athletesportsworld showroom. Only take your slippers yourself, and we ensure the warm tea / coffee and towel before afterwards.

From what water temperature can I swim open water?

The temperature becomes higher again and that means that the open water swimming season has started again! A much-discussed topic under open water swimmers and triathletes is from which water temperature can you actually swim safely outside?

Of course the water temperature will differ when you can swim per person, one can better be better than the other. It is very personal how the body reacts to cold water temperatures. However, everyone must feel for themselves from what temperature it is 'comfortable' enough to enter the open water

As a guideline, we themselves keep swimming in open water from at least 13 degrees Celcius. However, this is of course with the right experience, guidance and materials.

Before you jump into the water, there are a number of aspects that you have to take into account. Think of your own safety. The biggest danger of swimming in cold water is the effect of the cold on your body. Due to the cold, a number of problems can arise during swimming such as hypothermia, cramp or in very serious cases a 'cold' shock. Your body can also respond violently after a swimming break because it is still responding to the cold that it has just experienced.

To be able to swim, there are a number of guidelines that you must meet.

Open Water Swimming - 6 Practical Tips

  1. Make sure you Body gets used to the cold For example, by gradually entering the water. Don't swim too long. The colder it is, the shorter you can go. You can also let your body get used to shower, for example, to shower at home. See also this fun test of Tim Van

  2. Always check the water temperature. Know what you are waiting. You can find the current water temperatures on the website ofRijkswaterstaat. Also on Swimming is to find a lot of information.
  3. Make sure you have the right materials to swim. Here is good Open Water Swimming Wetsuit very important. For the temperatures you currently have in the Netherlands, it is not necessary to add an extra Thermal Wetsuit to purchase. This would be different if you would, for example, participate in the Norseman or the Celtman. Then you swim in water around 10-12 degrees Celcius. Also recommended the use of neoprene swimming gloves, neoprene socks and a neoprene swimming cap.

The Neoprene gloves and socks In different variants, where the thick variant (heat tech variant) really excludes the cold. The disadvantage is that the 'water feeling' is lifted. The 'lighter' variant also ensures an insulation layer (less than the heat tech variant) and will also protect hands properly against sharp objects and edges in the water.

Don't forget a special one either Openwater swimming goggles to use. At open water, choose training for swimming goggles with good anti-fog lenses that do not cover like theZone3 Vapor Swimming Goggles with polarized lenses or the Roka X1 Openwater Swimming Goggles.

To keep your head warm is one Neoprene swimming cap recommended. This protects your head against the cold water. Do another one here bright silicone swim cap over and you are immediately much more visible.

An indispensable item in the open water swimming is the swim buoy. This is through a leach attached to your waist. This buoy floats behind you and ensures that other users can see the water you well. The swim buoy gives you buoyancy if you get tired and / or cramp. Another advantage is that you can bring your wallet and key in most swim buoys.

  1. Work with someone to swim (At arm's length) or ask to keep an eye on a boyfriend / girlfriend you from the side. If something happens there is always someone to initiate an alarm and can help you. Another option is to ask whether anyone can join paddling a canoe / boat

  2. Find a piece of water that is not too deep. Shallow water has a higher temperature and the benefit is that you possibly can be easy if you get tired or get cramp. To find shallow water you can think of various ponds and lakes.

  3. Practice navigating while swimming. In a pool you have a beautiful line which shows you exactly where you are, when to turn and if you swim straight. In the open water you do not have this. There are two techniques to navigate.

a. During breathing. Look forward quickly before takes your breath and find orientation points
b. Apart from breathing. Look forward and lift your head from the water so that you are alone in your glasses out of the water. After two strokes grab your rhythm back to normal. The general guideline is around 10 beats watching again

Should I not open water swim after everything I've read? Certainly!

The open water swimming gives you a tremendous feeling of freedom. Enjoy swimming in the open air and enjoy nature. A natural environment gives you a lot more inspiration, excitement and satisfaction than a pool. It's lovely in the air and you can swim longer distances in succession.

Are you going swimming in the sea? Note that here hide other threats such as current, then swim in a pool, lake or canal.

Extra tip: Take a thermos along with lukewarm water and pour it into your wetsuit just before you enter the water.

Extra Tip 2: Take a thermos flask (other than those mentioned above) and fill it with lukewarm tea so you can warm up quickly after swimming. Warm clothing and a towel are also very important.

New: From 20 April 2020 it is possible to test a wetsuit from the open water from a side channel from the Amstel from the Athletesportsworld showroom. Only take your slippers yourself, and we ensure the warm tea / coffee and towel before afterwards.

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