The open waters are a scenario that represents a challenge for swimmers, even for the most experienced.
And is not for less. The variability of the climate, the strength of the current and other external factors cause that the effort and the concentration of the swimmers are at maximum.
That is why experts recommend that to give way to swimming in open water you must first have trained a considerable amount of time in the pool. Even with this, the transition will represent a challenge.
When you start swimming in open water, it is important that some of the most common mistakes are taken into account and avoided:
1 Fogged goggles .- When swimming in cold water, the effort causes the eyeballs to heat the air inside the goggles, causing the air to condense and fog the goggles. This can be avoided with the use of attachments such as anti-fog spray.
2 Swim in circles .- Most of the time, the tendency is to swim in the opposite direction to the side by which you breathe. In open waters, this leads to swimming in circles. To reverse it, you should avoid resting on the extended arm when breathing.
3 Feeling anxiety .- It is common to feel excessive anxiety when entering open water. To avoid this, put a little water on your face before entering the water, do not slam in the face to prevent the breath of the impression from being cut. Avoid breathing too much as this produces an oxygen-carbon dioxide imbalance that will make you feel bad. Finally, at least the first few times, always try to swim with a friend, to feel more secure.
4 Tiredness .- Fighting the current can wear out swimmers in less time than they calculate. To delay fatigue, the key is to know what the rhythm and stroke rate is.
5 Dizziness. – Being in a horizontal position for too long, the blood accumulates in the upper part of the body and, when standing up abruptly, the combination of gravity and the movement of the legs causes the blood to fall from the head. To reduce the risk of dizziness after leaving the water, it is recommended to move your legs a lot in the last 100 or 200 meters of swimming. This causes blood to flow to the leg muscles and minimizes pressure difference and dizziness.