What is best to wear for cold water swimming?

What do you wear to swim in cold water?

Oftentimes when you swim in cold water, you will be allowed to dress appropriately for the situation. This can include a wetsuit, swimming cap, ear plugs, and even booties and gloves. If you want to take things a step further, you can even wear animal fat to keep warm!

Should you wear a hat for cold water swimming?

What should I wear on my head? We would recommend two silicone swimming hats, or a neoprene hat, especially if you are going to be swimming front crawl. If you are only going to be swimming heads-up breaststroke then a bobble hat is the traditional winter swimming hat. We don’t recommend bobble hats for front crawl!

How cold is too cold to swim without a wetsuit?

We can swim comfortably in temperatures from the mid-70s and above. Temps in the 60s are uncomfortable and may not be tolerated for long bouts in the water without a wetsuit. The 50s and below are dangerous without proper protection from a wetsuit.

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What happens to your body when you swim in cold water?

When entering cold water, cold receptors very close to the surface of your skin sense that your skin has been cooled quickly. This results in an initial gasp, followed by rapid, uncontrollable breathing, as well as an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.

What kind of wetsuit do I need for cold water?

5/4/3mm Wetsuits

Ideal for winter surfing and cold water temperatures. The 5/4/3 is a fullsuit/steamer wetsuit with 5mm neoprene around the torso, 4mm neoprene around the legs and 3mm neoprene around the arms.

Can you swim in cold water with a wetsuit?

Wetsuits are designed to keep you warm in open water, but not at the expense of not being able to swim with proper form. Wetsuits for swimming in cold water are thick, yes, but they also have specially designed seams and fabric around the shoulders that give you unrestricted range of motion.

How long should you swim in cold water?

Be aware that the temperature and wind on land may pose a risk for hypothermia even after exiting the water. In cold water, swim for 20 minutes only before exiting the water to warm up.

What’s the coldest water you can swim in?

Baltic: This is the coldest water temperature rating and falls between 0-6 degrees. This range of cold water is considered too cold to swim in and can feel as though you have been submerged in ice.

How do you stay warm in cold water without a wetsuit?


  1. Latex. Made of a type of thin, flexible rubber, latex caps are the lightest swim caps you’ll typically see open water swimmers wearing. …
  2. Silicone. Made of thicker material, silicone caps help retain more heat from escaping and can help you feel a little warmer in cold water.
  3. Neoprene.
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How do swimmers stay warm in the winter?

Wear a swimming hat, or two, to help preserve body heat. You can also wear neoprene gloves, booties, balaclava or a wetsuit – whatever you feel comfortable with.