According to The Guardian, one must increase their range. Of course, positivity plays a huge part in this area. Do not forget to eat up if you plan to sea swim. Remember that a little fat is helpful as it serves as insulation.
Regular swimming will build muscle strength and improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance. Still, there are things that we have to remember and these are as follows.
Hypothermia is one of the risks. Always watch out for your body especially when you start to feel cold. Dehydration is another consideration, particularly in sunny and/or warm conditions. Drinking water regularly is still important.
There disadvantages when you are in the sea. It’s not like the pool! Most people graduate to sea swimming from the pool, so it’s important to be aware of the differences. Being in the pool is a controlled environment while the other is a natural environment. The lack of guidelines or lane ropes to keep you on the course and the fact that weather and swimming conditions can change in minutes can take time to adjust to. There is no organization that deals specifically with recreational sea swimming but many clubs incorporate it into their summer calendar. If you have enough financial assistance, good bets are:
- The West Dorset Swimming Club based in Dorchester
- The Brighton Swimming Club, you can contact Keith Marlton on 01273 594259 or go to brightonsc.co.uk).
- The British Long Distance Swimming Association (bldsa.org.uk) organizes several events each year as well. Its website has useful recommendations and contacts, but it focuses mainly on experienced long-distance swimmers.
- The Amateur Swimming Association (britishswimming.org) also conducts long-distance open-water races (open-water indicates they are not always on the sea but maybe on lakes or rivers) but, as with the BLDSA, these are generally for experienced competitors.
Furthermore, we hope this article is of huge of help for your sea swimming hobby!