Whether you’re on vacation at the seaside or swimming at the lake – a snorkel is a great accessory you should have with you. Today we’ll show you the advantages of the Powerbreather, which can give you a special experience when swimming in open waters. This is true for both professionals and amateurs. We would also like to share some tips with you on what you should consider when swimming in open waters.
These are the things you should keep in mind when swimming in open water
First of all, it is important to distinguish between hobby and professional sports in open waters. While snorkeling and recreational swimming in small bodies of water or near the shore is usually not a problem, competitions and training in open water are not suitable for inexperienced athletes. Dangerous situations can occur more easily due to natural currents, high waves or a low water temperature, plus in such waters it is not a given that a trained supervisor will be present to come to the swimmer’s aid in an emergency.
If you want to prepare for an open water swimming event (such as a triathlon), you should first train your swimming and breathing technique as well as your endurance by swimming laps at the pool. As soon as you feel 100 percent confident here, you can start swimming in the open water. We recommend that you always make your own arrangements for someone to help in an emergency and never swim alone. Whenever you train, you need to have the right equipment with you – below we have listed some things you should always have with you.
This is the equipment you should have with you when swimming in the open water
A good pair of swimming goggles is a basic piece of equipment both in the pool and in open water. For the latter there are also special models with tinted lenses that protect your eyes not only from water and dirt, but also from sunlight, as the reflection in open water can be particularly strong and harmful to the eyes .
A good neoprene swimsuit will protect you from the cold. The temperature in open waters in the northern hemisphere is usually much lower than in the pool, even in summer. In addition, a wetsuit provides you with a level of buoyancy. This stabilizes your posture in the water, which is especially beneficial for inexperienced swimmers.
In the water you lose most of your body heat through your head. A swim cap protects you – similar to a wetsuit – from cooling down. In addition, with a cap you are better protected against water getting into your ears. When swimming in open water, make sure your swim cap is as visible as possible. A brightly colored swimming cap will help with this. This way, if you get into a dangerous situation and need help, you will be better visible in the water.
There are special buoys for open water swimming. They are usually attached to a belt strapped around the swimmer’s abdomen with a cord. During the swim, it glides behind you in the water. The resistance is hardly noticeable. We recommend using a swimming buoy, because it offers several advantages: For example, you can hold on to the buoy and rest in case you get exhausted. In addition, you can store keys, light clothing and valuables in the cavities provided for this purpose.
Floating buoys have an eye-catching color that allows you to be identified in the water even from a great distance (this is important if there are boats on the water).
As an alternative or additional safeguard, you can also carry a buoyancy buoy: These are strapped in a pocket around your waist. They are self-inflating and deploy as soon as you pull the ripcord provided.
To make your training as effective as possible, you should also think about using a fitness tracker. Of course, such a device is not absolutely necessary, but it offers you the possibility to keep an eye on your vital signs and to document your training progress.
Many commercially available devices are already equipped with standard functions for tracking sports units in open water. High-quality devices also offer the possibility to quickly call for help in emergency situations and to transmit your location.
With a special swimming snorkel – like the Powerbreather – you can perfect your swimming and breathing technique both in the pool and in open water. You can fully concentrate on the rhythm of your movement. Without having to turn your head, without swallowing water or blast clearing water from the snorkel. The Powerbreather always supplies you with 100% fresh air through the two air channels – no matter how long and how intensively you swim. Swimming snorkels and also the Powerbreather are not allowed in all competitions. However, they can give you a decisive advantage when used in training. If you are familiar with conventional front swim snorkels, we recommend you try a Powerbreather – it makes a significant difference. You can find out exactly what makes the Powerbreather different from conventional models at the end of this article.
More tips for open water swimming
To have fun swimming in open waters and a positive training experience, we also have the following tips for you:
Additional training for specific body areas
Torso, back and shoulders are put under a lot of strain when swimming, especially in open water. For orientation in open water it is necessary to lift your head more often than in the pool, which can become strenuous. In addition to water sports, you should do regular strength training – especially stabilization training – to prepare your body and muscles ideally for open water swimming.
Train your fitness
When open water swimming stressful situations can quickly arise because you may be far from land and can be pushed further out into the water by strong currents. Therefore, it is especially important to train your endurance. To do this, you can swim as long distances as possible in the pool without pauses and increase the distance over time. This way you will be prepared to swim longer distances in open water without breaks or even against the current.
Both in training and in competitions, it is important to warm up. It is not enough to simply warm up before entering the water. As in any other sport you should also do stretching exercises, warm up your muscles with push-ups, for example, and your shoulder area by making circular movements.
Breathe correctly on both sides
Unlike in a swimming pool, conditions in open water are not always ideal. Strong waves or currents, for example, can make it necessary or possible to breathe only on one side when swimming. You should therefore train breathing on both the right and left side. Or you can use a swimming snorkel like the Powerbreather, where you only have to lift your head for orientation.
Stay close to the shore and do not swim alone
Especially if you are just starting to swim or train in open water, make sure to stay close to the shore at first. This will make you feel a lot safer. Also, if possible, we advise you to always swim with at least one other person so you can help each other in critical situations.
Reduce the leg stroke
When you swim with a wetsuit, you get extra buoyancy. This way you can allow yourself to reduce your leg stroke and save energy that way. A light leg stroke helps you with body stability, so you avoid unnecessary movements back and forth.
Slowly increase speed and swim distance
Your own safety always has top priority. Never overestimate your abilities and increase your swimming speed and distance very slowly in open water.
We would like to give you some more reasons why the Powerbreather is exactly the right tool to support your training in the best possible way.
What distinguishes the Powerbreather from conventional snorkels?
You are continuously supplied with 100 percent fresh air
Conventional snorkels have only one tube for inhalation and exhalation. This is why so-called “pendulum breathing” occurs, an unwanted enrichment of the breathing air with CO2. Fresh and stale air are taken in or exhaled through the same tube. In the long term, this can lead to an impairment of physical performance. The two air tubes of the Powerbreather, on the other hand, serve exclusively to supply fresh air during inhalation; exhalation takes place into the water through the mouthpiece. In this way, your body is supplied with oxygen in the best possible way and is significantly more efficient in the water.
Dry Snorkel Design
The patented valve technology of the Powerbreather prevents water from entering the snorkel tube. Intermittent blowing out of water and saliva after a diving session, as known from conventional snorkels with only one tube, is not necessary.
Unique fit and ergonomics
With air tubes running parallel to the temples of the head, the Powerbreather fits comfortably and tightly – no matter what swimming speed or maneuver is performed.
Additional training effect due to different valves
The Powerbreather has different air valves that can be used to regulate the breathing resistance. This allows additional and targeted training of breathing technique and muscles, as well as an increase in breathing volume, which is not possible with conventional snorkels.
Can the Powerbreather also be used for snorkeling?
Yes, the Powerbreather is also perfectly suitable for snorkeling. In fact, it is the only snorkel in the world that allows you to dive without blast-clearing water afterwards, its intelligent valves protect it from water entering the snorkel tube. It can be combined with any type of swimming or diving goggles.
Swimming in open water can be a great experience and a lot of fun – but you should never forget that the risk of accidents is considerably higher than in a swimming pool. For this reason, you should never swim or train alone for long distances, especially if you’re a beginner. Also, make sure you have good equipment and safety precautions.
The Powerbreather can ideally support your training and take your performance to the next level. Check out our store now (link) and find the right model for you. Test our swimming snorkel for 90 days without risk – we wish you a lot of fun!