A cap in the hand is worth two in the season

Ocean swimmers tend to fit into two caps, I mean two camps.

Those who look good in a swim cap, and those who don’t – and I’m the captain of the later group.

I actually remember the one time I shaved my head back in high school and immediately regretted it. I just don’t have the head for the shaved look, and so it seems, for a swim cap either.

So why do we wear swim caps and are we wearing them for the right reasons?

What to look for in an open water swimming wetsuit

Are you thinking about purchasing a wetsuit for open water swimming, or ocean swimming?

As an ocean swimming instructor I spend a lot of time in the water… a lot!

Sometimes the water is warm, other times it’s freezing (see Coriolis effect: when the water gets cold in the summer), but one thing remains true, just being in the water for a long time can quickly drop your core temperature.

So, whether I’m coaching, or ocean swimming, if I’m wearing a wetsuit I want to be wearing one that’s comfortable, flexible and that will give me an edge.

How to choose a wetsuit for ocean swimming

If you’re anything like me, the thought of running into a chilly ocean to swim in just your cozzies is about as entertaining as running naked down a ski slope in a blizzard.

At this time of the year the water temperature never quite matches the warm sunny weather we experience so it can come as a bit of a shock when you hit the beach for a leisurely swim.

I’ve had a lot of enquires lately from swimmers looking for advice on buying the right wetsuit, so I thought I’d share my hot tips with everyone (+ offer you an amazing discount on your next wetsuit purchase – see below!).

Open water swimming wetsuits

A black T1 wetsuit top on a mannequin Open water swimming wetsuits: Swim fast, stay warm

The biggest mistake swimmers make with wetsuits is to buy a wetsuit designed for surfers.

Keep away from the surfing brands and purchase a proper open water swimming wetsuit or triathlon wetsuit.

Surfing wetsuits are designed to be a little looser and for sitting up out of the water, swimming wetsuits are designed to be a bit tighter and move through the water fast.

Wearing just a wetsuit top is a great way to keep your upper body warm but still keep the lower body free. The increased buoyancy also helps make swimming easier.

OceanFit Favourite: Andre wears a T1 Wetsuit Top when he’s teaching, or when it’s really cold. If he’s staying in the water for extended periods of time he wears a Blueseventy full wetsuit.