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Updated June 2022 - The Swim Buddy - What is it, why use it, and what else you should have

Updated June 2022 - The Swim Buddy - What is it, why use it, and what else you should have


The Swim Buddy Swim Buoy - Swim Safety Float for Open Water Swim Training

What is it?

The whole concept of this personal swim buoy is something you can tow around behind you that does not interfere with the swim. It's far enough behind you so that your arm stroke doesn't touch it; it sits in front of your legs in the crook of your knees underneath, and your kicking is not affected either.

So in that sense, it doesn't affect you or cause drag, which is surprising, but that's because the bow wave you create with your body eddies behind and even pushes it, which is quite interesting.

Why use it?

The Swim Buddy helps you be seen when swimming in the open water. In our lake – Lake Okanagon, we've got boaters and watercraft of all kinds, and when you swim in an open body of water, 80% of your body is submerged; therefore, we can only see you at the moment that you have an arm stroke.

Even when there is minimum chop or swell, swimming can go unseen by watercraft, and it doesn't help if they're wearing a black wetsuit as well.

If you have something brightly colored tagging behind you, you will be more likely to be seen. Not only do you have the feeling of safety and security, but if you feel anxious, the Swim Buddy also has enough air to help hold you up if you need to rest.

It always made a lot of sense to enhance the safety and security of swimmers; that is why you should use a Swim Buddy.

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What else you should have and know to be safe swimming in the open water

What else you should have to swim safely in the open water: Be seen and be aware of your surroundings.

Get the necessary equipment

Safety Considerations to Minimize Risk When Swimming In The Open Water

  1. Are there any currents
  2. Is there any debris under the water that is hard to see
  3. Remember, every open water environment is different
  4. Swim in a group
  5. Know what watercraft traffic to expect
  6. Note landmarks for sighting to be able to return to your start position
  7. Know your limits
  8.  Don't swim alone 
  9.  Make sure to tell people where you are swimming

Mark Fromberg - Swimming in the Open Water, a Transcendent Experience

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