.”How to open water swimming and lifeguard training will get you physically and mentally”
Are you “Team Swimming Pool” or “Team Open Water”? No matter what you belong to – if you want to improve your swimming and lifeguard training skills at the moment, you will hardly be able to get past the lake.
After seven months of abstinence from swimming goggle prints and the like, it is finally warm enough again to swim laps in the lake. FINALLY another opportunity to immerse yourself in the wet element.
If you initially respect swimming in the lake or maybe even want to improve your skills in the open water swimming, we will give you helpful tips in the following. Because open water swimming and lifeguard training is wonderful, both for absolute beginners as well as junkies with a desire for variety or ambitious triathletes. We’ll show you how!
OPEN WATER SWIMMING IN THE LAKE: THE PERFECT LIFEGUARD TRAINING LOCATION AND BALANCE TO EVERYDAY LIFE
There are enough offers for open water swimming and lifeguard training in nature. You are sure to have one or the other lake in the vicinity that invites you to swim. Even if you usually don’t call yourself a swimming champion, a lake can be your ideal training and retreat from overcrowded parks and bike paths.
A big plus for the lake: chlorine-free water that is gentle on the skin, hair, and eyes. In addition, the great outdoors with meadows, trees, and fresh air is not only beautiful to look at, it also makes relaxing easier. So you can enjoy the peace and quiet away from the full runs.
REGENERATION THROUGH SWIMMING – THE PERFECT BALANCE FOR RUNNERS
Already knew? By swimming, you can …
Relieve your musculoskeletal system: you glide through the water almost weightless and gentle on the joints – the perfect balance to running training, where you have to cushion around three times your body weight
Initiate regeneration processes: Movement in the water has a massaging and relaxing effect on your muscles
Improve your perception, as well as your body, feeling: You learn from the water position how your body and individual parts behave and how you can control them more consciously.
Counteracting muscular imbalances: all muscle groups are trained at the same time (arms, legs, torso)
Equipment for open water swimming: must-haves and nice to have
1) THE WETSUIT: PROTECTS YOU FROM THE COLD IN THE OPEN WATER AND GIVES YOU BUOYANCY.
Special swimwear such as neoprene suits in different material thicknesses produces the desired thermal insulation. Thicker material insulates better and gives you more buoyancy, but is also less stretchy
2) THE SWIMMING CAP: “YELLOW SHINES BRIGHTLY, RED IS EASY TO SEE”
A conspicuous swimming cap is particularly useful when swimming and lifeguard training in open water so that canoes, boats, or the DLRG can see you clearly. Red, white and yellow are particularly bright in open water.
3) THE SWIMMING GOGGLES: FOR A CLEAR VIEW IN MURKY WATER AND A GOOD FEELING.
Swimming goggles are just as indispensable for swimming in open water as they are in the pool – with your eyes open you will feel safer even in a cloudy lake. Mirrored glasses protect against strong sunlight, which is especially important when taking a breath.
4) THE FLOATING BUOY: FOR YOUR PROTECTION.
A floating buoy gives you additional security when swimming in the open water and serves as a buoyancy aid if necessary. With the Outdoor Swimming Buoy, for example, Sailfish has a clearly visible swimming buoy with a waist belt for inflating in its repertoire.
The bright air cushion is easily visible to others but does not limit your swimming performance when you pull behind. Practical: you can stow smaller valuables and your keys in the waterproof bag – if you dare! 🙂
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5) THE SWIMMING SNORKEL: A HELPFUL GADGET FOR FOCUSED KRAIN TRAINING DURING OUTDOOR SWIMMING.
Those who are practiced can use a swimming snorkel such as the Powerbreather. This innovation is ideal for honing your crawl technique explicitly. With the help of the swimming snorkel, you can exclude breathing during technique training.
Instead, you concentrate fully on the optimized execution of your arm stroke and shoulder rotation, on your position in the water during the crawl and the crawl leg kick. A positive side effect: you can see what’s going on underwater very well 🙂
A triathlon consists of three different disciplines – swimming, cycling, and running. Almost right! The transition zones between the individual disciplines are called the fourth discipline by the athletes themselves and are trained in the same way as the other three disciplines.
The coupled training is intentionally built in between two training units. The aim is to achieve a quick and smooth transition and to lose as little time as possible.
If the swimming discipline takes place in open water, the wetsuit is an obstacle when switching to cycling. If it is wet, it is not easy to take it off. Many athletes start taking off their neo as soon as they leave the water. In this video, Nils Frommhold shows you the quickest way to get out of the wetsuit.
The wetsuit is usually quicker and easier to take off when standing than when sitting. However, if you are very exhausted after swimming. You can also sit on a bench or something similar to strip off your legs. For example in the changing tent.