EDIT: All links were broken on first day of release, now fixed. Thanks for pointing it out Eric!
Last month I indexed all the cold and cold water swimming How Tos for your easy perusal. This time I am indexing the How To articles, each again getting a brief description.
HOW TO be an open water swimmer… One of the first posts on loneswimmer.com
HOW TO: Lane swimming etiquette. Essential conduct for all pool swimmers.
HOW TO: Marathon and Channel Swimming Swimmer and Crew Checklist (updated for 2013). Occasionally updated check-list for swimmer and crew.
HOW TO: Open water swim tips for triathletes. Also useful for new open water swimmers.
Improving triathlon swimming performance – Part 1. Addressing technique problems for triathletes.
HOW TO: Swimming Notation. How to read common swimming training plan notation.
Sea Lice, Seabather’s Eruption and Swimmer’s Itch. Understanding and treating the various conditions
HOW TO: “How much do I need to swim for – x – open water distance?”. Various considerations in training for swimming a range of distances.
HOW TO: Using Tide Tables. Using both online and printed Tide Tables for tide prediction and safety.
HOW TO: Tides for Swimmers, part 1 – Theory. It’s important that swimmers understand tidal aspects fully, especially those who live in high tidal range areas like Western Europe.
HOW TO: Tides For Swimmers, Part 2 – Local Effects. When considering tides, theory and local effects are often very different.
HOW TO: Understanding Waves, for Swimmers, Part 1. Waves, i.e. breakers are a difficulty for triathletes and new swimmers. Also important for coastal safety.
HOW TO: Preparing for Cold Water. Basic cold water swimming introduction.
HOW TO: Annual advice for a Christmas or New Year’s swim in cold water for the irregular open water swimmer. An annual and very popular post. Longer than the previous post above.
HOW TO apply lubrication for distance sea swimming. Not everyone naturally knows how to do this.
HOW TO: Understanding Rough Water: Force Three. Specifics of a marginal sea condition.
HOW TO understand Sea Area Forecasts / Shipping News. Weather forecasting is a useful skill for distance swimmers.
HOW TO: Beaufort Wind Scale – An essential observational skill for the OW Swimmer. Being able to read wind conditions is essential to understanding the sea and safety.
Studying weather online during a Force 10/11 blow. How to use online resources to track a storm and what various aspects mean.
HOW TO: Open water breathing patterns. The sea changes every day. To be an experienced sea swimmer you need to be able to adapt your breathing.
HOW TO: Swimming in rough water. Linked to the previous article.
HOW TO: Sample marathon swim feed schedule (MIMS). Feed schedules are personal, but this will give you an idea if you don’t know where to start.
HOW TO: Important factors in marathon swim feeding. Other factors outside the actual schedule for long distance feeding.
HOW TO: Introducing interval training to your swimming. Basics of swim training.
HOW TO: Understanding hypothermia in swimmers – Mild Hypothermia. Mild hypo is very common. How to recognise it (and not worry).
HOW TO: Understanding hypothermia in swimmers – Moderate & Severe Hypothermia. Moderate hypothermia is not moderate. Severe is life-threatening.
HOW TO: Diagnosing and addressing Moderate Hypothermia in swimmers. What to actually do about hypothermia.
HOW TO: Core Exercises, Part 1. Core exercise are recommended for swimmers to assist balance and strength and endurance.
HOW TO: Why you SHOULD shower before you use the pool and why you SHOULDN’T pee in the pool. Things you need to know about pool hygiene.
HOW TO: One Simple Effective Core Exercise. One simple core exercise.
HOW TO: Theraband work for shoulder strengthening. Theraband work helps to prevent swimmer’s shoulder (impingement) problems.
HOW TO: Tennis Balls And Tights. A useful remediation technique for muscle knots that develop through training.
HOW TO: A simple open water swimmer’s first aid & medical kit. Be prepared, accidents happen around the sea.
HOW TO: Stretching for swimming. Help to avoid or reduce swimming injuries. Post-swim only.
HOW TO reduce a swimmer’s use of towels. Really. Not everything has to be complicated.
HOW TO make your swimsuit (swimming togs) last longer. Surprisingly, not every swimmer knows this simple tip.
HOW TO tie men’s swimming briefs. Another of the simple tips.
HOW TO get water out of your ear. A very popular search item leading into this site.
HOW TO: Jellyfish ID charts. Particularly for swimmers in Ireland and the UK.
St Patrick’s Day swimming nutrition. Not really. How to make a great Irish Coffee. How to make a great one!
Future How To articles will be added to this index.