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