Embrace the escape with open water swimming kit from Zone3
One thing swimming pools have going for them is that they are controlled and safe environments. But when you venture outside, it’s different. You can’t leap unthinkingly into your local river as you might into a pool. You’re back in nature – which is fabulous. But you need to respect it. The more you know, the safer you’ll be.
Safer and more enjoyable
Having the right kit will make your swim not only safer but more enjoyable too. Spring water temperatures can still be chilly, so you might want to wear a wetsuit. The Agile from Zone3’s range of wetsuits is a great choice for wild swimming or if you are new to the open water. Even if wearing a wetsuit isn’t your thing, neoprene gloves, socks and hats are wonderful for keeping your extremities warm and allowing you to swim more comfortably in cooler waters. Socks are also really useful for protecting your feet on stony banks!
A good pair of open water goggles is essential for swimming outdoors. The new Venator-X from Zone3 offer great visibility with a range of lens options. Most importantly they are super comfortable!
Safety in the water is paramount so always swim with a safety buoy. As well as making you more visible to other water users, they are also great for having a little rest to take in the views.
Finally, don't neglect your post-swim kit. The body continues cooling after you have left the water so it is important to avoid ‘afterdrop’ by getting dry and warm quickly. Have your warm layers ready to get into and keep nice and cozy with a Zone3 Polar Fleece Jacket – also useful for getting changed under. And don't forget the most important bit of kit – a flask of warm drink and a piece of cake!
Protect your extremities