Are you thinking of a mountain swim? A long swim? Or a family swim in your local loch?
In theory all you really need is your swimmers and a towel, right? Below are some other pieces of kit that may make your swim a little more enjoyable!
Wetsuit: Whilst they aren’t cheap or the easiest of things to put on a wetsuit can offer huge advantages to your buoyancy and warmth! A good fitting wetsuit works by trapping a layer of water between your skin and the neoprene. This layer of water warms up and gives you vital insulation for your swim!
Goggles: A good set of goggles provide a watertight seal around the eyes, offering protection from the elements and reducing the amount of water directly contacting your eyes. Goggles also give you the ability to see under the water and take in your surroundings when in open water!
Swimming Cap: Swimming caps come in different materials and which you choose is up to you. They range from latex, silicone, or neoprene. Be sure to select a brightly coloured one to help other water users spot you. Whichever you decide upon, a swimming cap will offer you some warmth for your head, they come in handy when keeping long hair tidied away and reducing the amount of water getting into your ears!
Neoprene Gloves and Socks: Neoprene gloves and socks work in the same way as a wetsuit by trapping a layer of water. Neoprene gloves are great for providing warmth for your fingers and give you the ability to be able to dress yourself a little quicker when getting out of the water. Neoprene socks will help protect your feet when entering or exiting the water.
Tow Float: These provide visibility for other water users to spot you in the water. Whilst they are not a safety device, they can give you something to hold onto if you need a breather when swimming, adjusting your goggles or have a spot of cramp!