In this article, we are going to look at the most efficient body position. When we ask the question: “What’s the most efficient position for your body to be in the water?” we always get the same answer – “streamlined!” This is of course correct and we are ultimately aiming for our bodies to be in a straight line as close to the surface of the water as possible. Why? Because we will be causing less drag in the water.
Whether you're new to the open water or an experienced open swimmer, we're here to support you every stroke of the way, with training plans from Swim Open, training videos and top tips from our friends at Outdoor Swimmer!
Check out our training plans, which have been written by Swim Open, who specialise in open water swimming coaching.
These are designed to equip you with the skills, confidence and adequate fitness levels to tackle your open water swim. If you follow the plan applicable to your challenge distance, which features training in both pool and open water environments, then you’ll be more than ready for your swim!
Open Water Swimming Guides
From waves and currents, to water temperature, clarity and quality, open water is very different to your local swimming pool. Outdoor Swimmer have produced two guides on how to make the transition from pool to pond, how to choose your first outdoor swim and what to expect the first time you take your swimming outdoors.
Check out our Open Water Swimathon videos with top tips from Wild Swimming Brothers. Also get a feel for what it's like to take part in Open Water Swimathon at London Royal Docks.
Top Tips from Outdoor Swimmer
Get your training off to a great start with these tips from Outdoor Swimmer on technique, training, exercise, nutrition and health!
You have just started a race and it's chaos. Flailing limbs inadvertently hit you, arms are pounding on top of you and you are unable to get into a rhythm. You turn to breathe and get a face full of water and a whack on the head. Your wetsuit suddenly feels tight and your heart is thumping.
2. Training and Exercises
Firstly, don’t panic! Clearly, it’s less than ideal to have an upcoming outdoor swim that you haven’t trained for but it doesn’t mean you can’t do the event and have a great time. Remember, however unprepared you are, there will almost always be someone who’s done even less than you. For a start, you’ll have the advantage of having read this!
3. Nutrition and Health
What you eat and when has a huge impact on your performance in the water. Here sports nutritionist Kathy Findlay gives you the low down on when, what and how much fuel you need for your swims so you can dedicate your time to perfecting your stroke and training for a summer of events and challenges.
The importance of protein and the question as to whether extra protein is necessary for sporting performance is a much debated topic amongst scientists, athletes and their coaches . Protein is associated with power and strength and is the major constituent of muscle.