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Equipment

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Taking on Mother Nature

Open water swimmers truly stand exposed to the elements. Confident in their own skin, they do not need much equipment or many tools. Fundamentally, open water swimming is a primordial contest in which athletes are stripped nearly bare and asked to test themselves against Mother Nature. Before, during, and after these events, some athletes keep it simple and stick to just a swimsuit and goggles. Others use every kind of equipment available.

The gear listed is separated into four categories: gear used in the pool, gear used in open water training, gear during open water races, and gear used in marathon swims. If you did every type of open water swim from short lake swims to solo channel swims and wanted to stock up on everything, your equipment list may include the following products. The importance of each piece of equipment is for you to decide. We’ll cover the most basic and unusual products in this chapter.

The Tool Kit for Open Water Swimmers and Coaches:

Pool Training Open Water Training Racing Swims
Pace Clock
Petroleum Jelly
Wetsuits
Escort Boat
Pull Buoy
Lanolin / Skin Lubricants
Technical Swimsuit
Whiteboard
Hand Paddles
Rubber Gloves
Gel Packs
Markers
Snorkel
Small Towel
Scissors
Fluids and Food
Kickboard
Ear Plugs
Transponders
Medicines
Fins
Water Thermometer
Waterproof Tape
Mylar Blanket
Sunscreen
GPS System
Feeding Stick
Inoculations
Video Camera
Waterproof Bag
Cups / Water Bottle
Glow Sticks
Stroke Analysis
Air Horn
Binoculars
Marine Chart
Training Log
Whistle
Wite-off
Flash Light
Turn Buoys
Kayak
Rubbing Alcohol
Mobile Phone
Swimsuits
Paddle Board
Whiteboard
Mouthwash
Goggles
Vinegar
Lap Counter
Stickers
Swim Cap
Online Surf Forecasts
Neon Traffic Vest
Camera

 


Exemplary Preparation:
One of the best examples of a well-prepared open water swimming event is
Brazil's King and Queen of the Sea. [More...]


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