Once you have ‘graduated’ from the pool to the open water, you will only go back to the pool if there is a cyclone brewing or something similar. Open water swimming in general – or ocean swimming in particular – is a whole new and different world. You break free from the confines of a pool; you break ‘the tyranny of the wall and the black line’.
Otter Aquatics’ open water swimming coaching includes OWS techniques, training schedules, navigation, race tactics, health, safety, open water swimming psychology and other issues which make this type of swimming so much different from pool swimming. Yes it is different but, once most people have tried it, they become hooked and having to turn around every 25 or 50 metres becomes a thing of the past.
Many of us want to extend our swimming into the open water for competition, especially for triathlons as that sport demands skills and different types of cardio-respiratory fitness than any one of the three disciplines alone requires. A lot of cyclists and runners find that the swim leg of triathlons is their weakest and are keen to improve.
And many of us just want to experience the sheer delight of swimming in nature, 'wild swimming' if you like, away from the artificial surrounds of a pool.