athletes swimming in open water

How Your Swim Team Can Adapt to the Open Water

The official swim season may end long before final exams, but that doesn’t mean the bonding process should end. In fact, participating in summer activities with teammates will help even senior competitive swimmers to improve their techniques. It will also breed team loyalty. Taking your swim team to an isolated lake for a group swimming workout with their custom woven towels in two is a great way to help strengthen this bond. But, to help pool swimmers transition to open water, there are a few key steps. Read on to learn how to help your team members make this transition, while still benefiting from the workout.


1. Close Eyes

In a pool environment where speed is essential, it makes sense to look down and center at the bottom of the pool. This new lake environment may require some minor strategy changes.

Instead of looking down, encourage your swimmers to look off in the distance. Keeping the head above water, and their gaze fixed just beyond an object in the distance will ensure they swim on a straight path. Lifting the head too high may alter their technique, though, so help your swimmers to make a clean transition.


2. Gradually Increase Water Exposure

Chances are, your school’s pools has been fairly warm, and the lake is quite cold. Your swim team may adopt the mindset that they can easily power through the brisk, cold water. While this is a positive way of thinking, they may not be performing well, at least by competitive standards.

athlete half coming out of water

In order to fully enjoy the water (and peak performance), your team will need to acclimate to the water. Going into the lake for short periods of time is the best way to grow accustomed to the colder water. However, be sure that your team does not dry off with custom woven towels. Making the plunge back into the water will be much more difficult!


3. Foster a Positive, Confident Environment

If the swim team’s coach does not have a positive attitude about lake swimming, then why should the team? During this period of change, you should be encouraging. After all, you gave them custom woven towels as a gift at the end of the season!

The benefits of lake swimming might not be obvious to your swim team. Encourage your swimmers to explore nature, and enjoy the fresh air. Challenging them to find rocks at the bottom of the lake might be fun, too!

Beyond that, creating a confident environment is also crucial. Succeeding in this endeavor will instill their confidence for the future.


4. Drafting

While some consider drafting to be unethical, it’s clear that there are advantages. This swimming tactic– in which the swimmer aims to remain close behind the lead swimmer– is easily translated to open water swimming.

In essence, drafting helps swimmers to conserve energy. They will reap the benefits of the waves created by the lead swimmer, and travel further as a result. With this approach, swimmers can use more energy at the end of the race, when being at the front matters most. In open water with a natural current, drafting may prove even more beneficial. While not applicable in all training situations, especially with teammates, drafting will boost competitive performance. After improving this skill, swimmers will carry it over into to the pool.

After practice drafting, your swimmers will surely have earned the opportunity to warm up with a custom woven towel and a hot meal!


5. Use the Proper Equipment

Even with team-branded custom woven towels at your disposal, staying warm in the water is important. Wearing the proper performance apparel is also important.

Full body suits help swimmers maintain warmth, which is crucial. Higher end water suits will provide this warmth, without detracting from speed. Compression shorts will aid in increasing blood flow to the limbs, which are largely responsible for swimming.

swimming with water suit


Custom Woven Towels

For student athletes, there’s no better feeling than drying off with a prized custom woven towel. Fortunately, ordering custom woven towels is a simple process, especially when you value your team’s contributions! Simply choose a size, provide us with the artwork, and tell us what the towels should be inscripted with. Team Towels will do the rest!