Open wa­ter con­fi­dence

Crush your fears with top tips from Mersey Tri’s Mike Lisle

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ersey Tri mem­bers ben­e­fit from hav­ing both pool and open wa­ter sessions avail­able through­out the area. Our coaches aim to cater for the triath­lete with spe­cial at­ten­tion given to mem­bers who may be new to open wa­ter – it can be daunt­ing and in­tim­i­dat­ing to new­com­ers, and so ex­tra care needs to be taken.

Here’s how Mersey Tri pre­pares new­com­ers for open-wa­ter rac­ing, so you can take notes and learn to swim safely in the great out­doors.


• Pool sessions are adapted to in­clude drills which sim­u­late open-wa­ter swim­ming. Swim­ming side-by-side, sight­ing, draft­ing and turn­ing with­out touch­ing walls are ex­am­ples of drills which can be used to help swim­mers pre­pare for the swim­ming leg of a triathlon.


• Make sure you have a well-fit­ting wet­suit and take ad­van­tage of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to swim in it. Re­stricted move­ment isn’t ideal when you’re swim­ming in open wa­ter. • Never swim alone and if you’re sea swim­ming tell some­one on the beach. Most of our lo­cal

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