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10 tips for preparing for an ocean swim event

An elderly man putting on his fluro green cap before his ocean swim event.I’ve been to more ocean swimming and surf life saving events than I can remember, and through all those events I’ve managed to lock down my own pre-race prep so I’m ready and raring to go every time.

Here’s my top 10 tips for preparing for an ocean swim:

  1. Before leaving home ensure you have all swim wear (goggles, swimmers,etc), towel, warm clothing, sunscreen, hat, adequate nutrition (food, water, etc) and check weather prediction for the day.
  2. Arrive in plenty of time to allow time for registering and a proper warm up.
  3. Observe the race course and racing conditions.
  4. Plan entry and exit paths (quickest way to first turning buoy, landmarks e.g. buildings to aim for on the way in, etc).
  5. Avoid long periods in the sun where possible.
  6. Keep warm.
  7. Hydrate before you race.
  8. Keep calm and relaxed. If you find you are too tense take 3 big breaths.
  9. Wash out and then spit in your goggles to “antifog’ them, then rinse them well to ensure a fog free race. Note: Don’t clean your goggles with sunscreen on your hands.
  10. Enjoy the race!
Paul Lemmon

Paul Lemmon

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