outdoor swimming - top tips

What to expect from your first outdoor swim?

What's holding you back from giving open water swimming a go? Is it that you don't know what to expect from your first outdoor swim? Wild swimming is not that difficult to get into, but overcoming nerves to dip your toes in the water for the first time can be. Let's talk about how to get yourself ready for a positive first experience with a dollop of reality thrown in!

5 tips on how to clear water from your ears

Here are 5 tips on how to clear water from your ears and an easy way to make a safe, reliable, easily accessible and affordable earplug at home.

how to prevent chafe when swimming

I suffer wetsuit chafe on my neck and chafe under my arms when swimming long distance skins. I have tried a number of products and techniques to prevent chafing so I thought I'd share them here, including my newest find..

the dark art of getting changed in a changing robe

Getting changed in a changing robe is not as easy as it might at first seem. There's certainly a technique to using a dryrobe or smocsmoc or charlie mcleod or swimzi to best effect. These are my 10 tips for a warm and speedy change.

swimfari + how to get out of a wetsuit

Welcome along to my swimfari and my top tip on how to get out of a wetsuit. I swim both skins and in a wetsuit, it depends on what kind of swim I'm doing. One of the most frustrating things can be trying to wrestle my way out of a wetsuit when my arms are tired. As the end of my swim, I show my technique for whipping the wetsuit off really quickly with minimum fuss.

How to get wetsuit gloves off easy-peasy

Getting wetsuit or neoprene gloves off can be a real struggle, here I try out a quick and simple technique that takes no time to master. Give it a go and let me know how you get on!

how to remove wetsuit boots or socks - 4 ways

Join me for a swim in the River Great Ouse as I share 4 ways to remove wetsuit boots. I joined members of the flOUSEies for a Sunday afternoon swim at Great Barford. I enjoyed meeting 5 other swimmers and check out one of their most popular swim spots.

tips and tricks for using a tow float

Here are some tips and tricks for using tow floats that I've picked up over the last few years. It takes a bit of practice to get your new friend to behave when accompanying you on a swim. Here are a few ideas to help with length of tow, keeping the contents dry, reducing the skitishness in the wind and getting to float a particular way up (e.g. for phone signal).

how to use a gopro for swimming

Taking photos and video of our swimming adventures is all part of the fun, how to use a gopro for swimming is a sport to itself. There are lots of accessories available for action cameras, here I look at 4 that I use and some tips for carrying the camera in swim. The head cam, the floaty stick, the bendy tripod, and the chesty.

How to stop goggles fogging - 5 tips

How to stop goggles fogging is a something that usually surfaces mid-swim. When goggles fog it can change a fun swim to an endurance test, having clear vision is joyful underwater and essential for sighting. Here are 5 options to tackle the problem.

how to warm your feet up after swimming

In colder weather try to warm your feet up after swimming as it can make post swim chit chat and cake a more comfortable experience. Here I explain what I do before and after a swim to reheat my feet and show a couple of other ideas, one of which I made in 15 minutes.There should be at least one idea for you to try!