Relax! And reap the benefits

Are you truly relaxed when ocean swimming?

I mean, 100% chilled?

In a dynamic environment such as the ocean, reaching this zen state isn’t easy.

Not many people really get there. At least, not all the time.

There’s likely to be something lurking in the back of your mind.


Stretched limits.

Life problems.

Marine life…

Whether it’s through conscious thought or unconscious manifestation; if your mind isn’t completely present then you won’t be at your best.

If you can be truly relaxed while ocean swimming, you’ll gain these five benefits.

1. A more effective stroke

Tense mind, tense body. An effective freestyle stroke requires you to be relaxed through the shoulders, in rotation and into your kick.

2. Breathing efficiency

Relaxed breathing will allow you to settle into your regular breathing pattern and you won’t feel rushed when diving under waves.

3. Better decisions

With a clear head, time will seem to stand still, giving you space to delve into your knowledge bank to make the right decisions at the right time.

4. Resilience

Being relaxed builds confidence and self-belief, and with this, you’ll feel stronger, more adaptable, and with the ability to bounce back when things don’t go to plan.

5. More enjoyment

When you’re relaxed you’re having fun, loving life, and you’re proud of yourself (because you should be).

So, how do you become the relaxed ocean swimmer you strive to be?

Firstly, you’ll never really feel relaxed if you’re winging it, so the best investment you can make is in yourself.

Get a stroke correction lesson, join a swim squad for increased fitness, and develop your ocean swimming knowledge and skills.

Spend more time in the open water with someone experienced who you trust to support you in developing your surf sense.

Rationalise your thoughts.

And, finally, make sure you’re in a good head space away from the water, or leave your worries on the beach.

They say that sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax, and this couldn’t be truer when it comes to ocean swimming.

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