It's that time again: the lake is getting colder and colder by the day. Here are tips and tricks for winter swimming and swimming in cold water. Read what you can do to keep the feeling of well-being when swimming in the lake for a long time with the right equipment.
What does it take?
- A full-length wetsuit for a good thermal insulation. The right thickness of the neoprene is important. At temperatures up to about 16 degrees you can still swim with 3mm thickness. At temperatures below that you can adjust the equipment individually. Either increase the thickness of the neoprene. You should note that the thickness of the neoprene 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.
- Additionally put on a Neoprene Thermal Vest and a Neoprene Thermal Jammer under the wetsuit to increase the thickness of the neoprene, i.e. the heat output in the more sensitive areas.
- A neoprene bathing cap. Because most of the heat is lost through the head. The Neocap provides additional heat retention when swimming.
- Neo Socks and Gloves. Gloves and neoprene socks can make all the difference. The socks also provide a more comfortable entry into the lake.
- Ear Plugs ffor the ears. When swimming, the ears come into constant contact with water. Especially in cold temperatures, more attention should be paid to the protection of the ears. The thin skin of the inner ear cannot sufficiently insulate the ear on its own and, in the long term, forms benign bone growths in the ear canal as protection, which can narrow it. A simple way to prevent this is to wear earplugs.
- Do not forget to wear eye-catching colours for good visibility, either in the form of a coloured neoprene or a coloured bathing cap and of course the safety buoy for safety, available in eye-catching colours
Despite good equipment, it is important to get used to the colder water temperature gradually. Stay in it a bit longer with every swim and also play with your existing equipment. That means trying out for yourself what you need to wear to keep you warm.
For after the swim I always take something hot to drink with me. So you may stay close to the water for a while and enjoy the wonderful swimming experience.