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It’s that time again: The lake is getting colder and colder. Here are tips and tricks for winter swimming and swimming in cold water. Read how you can keep the feel-good moment when swimming in the lake for a long time with the right equipment with lifeguard course near me.

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Uchee, today (end of October) we were in the lake again with our illustrious TSK amateur swimming group. It’s really autumn now, the leaves are getting colorful and the water temperature is slowly but surely going down… Imagine, we defied a full 13°C water temperature and, despite the fog and drizzle, dressed up in our 3mm neoprene, neoprene socks and a brightly colored hood dared the floods…. Fresh?? Yes it was, but only at the beginning. We swam from buoy to buoy in a nice zigzag swim from the Mythenquai Badi for half an hour. Depending on how long and how fast you are in the water, you can always “spice up” this neoprene with a thin thermal top and jammer underneath. Every millimeter counts.

After the swim, our only goal is to get out of the lake as quickly as possible and well organized, to slip into dry clothes and warm up. Our favorite trick is a thermos with hot broth. It warms up your bones and gives you energy again.

Give it a try…it’s so much fun, especially with a great group.

What does it take?

A long swim neoprene for good thermal insulation. The right thickness of the neoprene is important. At temperatures up to about 15 degrees you can still swim well with a 3mm thickness. At temperatures below this, you can adjust the equipment individually. Easiest: increase the thickness of the neoprene. It should be noted that the neoprene thickness is increased in the chest area, but remains slightly thinner in the arm and leg area for the necessary flexibility when swimming and to keep buoyancy low.

For swimming, the approximate guideline for neoprene thickness is:

  • at 13-16°C – 2-3mm
  • 8-13°C – 3-4mm
  • below 8°C – 4-5mm

In addition, put on a neoprene thermal vest and a neoprene thermal jammer under the neoprene to increase the thickness of the neoprene, i.e. the thermal output in the more sensitive areas. Onion look is always recommended.

A neoprene bathing cap or hood. Because you lose most of the heat through your head. The Kneecap provides additional heat retention when swimming.

Neo Socks and Gloves . Gloves and neoprene socks can make all the difference. The socks also make entering the lake more comfortable.

Ear plugs for the ears. When swimming, the ears are in constant contact with water. Especially in cold temperatures you should pay more attention to the protection of your ears. The thin skin of the inner ear cannot insulate the ear sufficiently on its own and forms benign bone growths in the auditory canal as protection over the long term, which can narrow it. A simple way to prevent this is to wear earplugs.

Don’t forget to wear bright colors for good visibility , either in the form of a colored neoprene or a colored swimming cap and of course the safety buoy for safety, available in bright colors

After swimming you need dry clothes, a warm towel to dry off and of course a pad for your feet should not be missing. The changing mats from Fourth Element are great, as is the practical Mares Cruise Carpet , which then serves as a bag for wet things.

Despite good equipment, it is important that you gradually get used to the colder water temperature. Always stay a little longer with each swim training session and also experiment with the available equipment. That means trying out for yourself what you have to wear additionally so that you don’t get cold.

And as I said, don’t forget: Always take something warm to drink with you after your swim.

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