Fearless swimmers wish the swim were longer. They don’t suffer the typical open-water meltdown featuring disorientation, hyperventilation, dizziness and—the grand finale—backstroke. Nervous swimmers can become overwhelmed by the long list of fear factors they must overcome, but they don’t have to be.
Focus on the essentials: breathing, being able to deal with murky water and knowing how to keep your wits about you. The 11 skills below will teach you the essentials. Master them in the pool first, then take them to the open water so that the swim leg of your next race will be remarkably better.
Written by: Ingrid Loos Miller