How to Start Open Water Swimming... and keep going.

Have you discovered the joy of breaking away from lane lines and laps, and experienced the freedom of open water swimming? If you've set a new year's resolution to swim outdoors more, or simply are looking to start open water swimming here are our top five tips to get started and keep going. 
How to Start Open Water Swimming... and keep going.


  1. Set Realistic Goals: Start with achievable goals that match your current swimming abilities. Gradually increase the difficulty as you progress. Setting realistic goals will keep you motivated and prevent frustration.

  2. Invest in Proper Gear: Invest in high-quality swim gear designed for open water conditions. This may include a wetsuit, swim cap, goggles, and buoyancy aids. Having the right equipment not only enhances your comfort but also ensures safety during your swims. At Blueseventy, our goal is to create gear that not only keeps you warm and comfortable during your open water swims, but also allows you to swim faster and maintain great swimming form. 

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  3. Establish a Routine: Incorporate open water swimming into your weekly routine. Consistency is key to building endurance, acclimating to the open water and improving your skills. Whether it's a certain number of sessions per week or a specific time, having a routine makes it easier to stay committed.

  4. Learn Safety Precautions: Prioritize safety by understanding the open water environment. Be aware of weather conditions, currents, and potential hazards. Always swim in designated areas and consider using a safety buoy to increase visibility to other water users.

  5. Join a Community: Connect with other open water swimmers. Joining a local swim club or online community can provide support, motivation, and valuable tips. Sharing your experiences and learning from others can enhance your overall swimming journey.

With consistency, the proper gear and a community to fall back on, keeping your open water swimming resolution will be easy, even when the weather and water temperatures are not ideal. 

Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new fitness routine, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions. Enjoy your open water swimming adventures!