An Analysis Of Open Water Drownings

Any experienced open water swimmer will be, or at least should be familiar with evaluating personal risk on an ongoing basis. (I have written many posts about the Do’s and Don’t’s of open water). One thing we don’t talk about is drowning, because we put ourselves in the category of people unlikely to join the…

How To: Using Tide Tables

Because I live and swim in Ireland, I am constantly made aware of the large tidal range here. I’ve written extensively about tides previously because I feel they are an aspect of open water swimming not appreciated by enough swimmers and because global variations can mean that many people never see nor even realise the…

Wristwatch as Open Water Safety Device

Sometimes something is such a habit that you almost cease to realise its presence or utility. Such is the case with the wristwatch. I was at the Guillamene, there by myself as more usual these days, when I realised that I wasn’t wearing my watch. The last time I’d swum open water without a watch…