Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Wetsuit for Open Water Swimming: 5 Tips
Odyssey Open Water Blog » Wetsuit
by Warren Wallace
1y ago
Ready to take your interest in open water swimming to the next level? Looking to start swimming in the open but unsure if you can take the cold temperatures of the San Francisco Bay? It may be time to buy a wetsuit, but before you invest hundreds of dollars in a new wetsuit, you have several important things to consider. Over the past few weeks, we’ve covered several wetsuit-related topics on the Odyssey Blog. Today, we bring you a beginner’s guide for purchasing a wetsuit for open water swimming through this list of 5 tips. 1. Fit Comes First From your speed to your level of comfort, th ..read more
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“Can I Swim in a Wetsuit Made for Another Sport?” OWS Q&A with Coach Christina
Odyssey Open Water Blog » Wetsuit
by Warren Wallace
1y ago
Is it possible to swim in a wetsuit made for another sport (surfing, diving, etc.)?  Yes, but it’s NOT recommended.  According to Coach Christina:  “These suits are usually uncomfortable to swim in. They are restricting in places that will make it hard to take a full stroke, and can also be hard to take on and off.   Look for wetsuits specifically made for swimming or triathlons. Tri wetsuits, especially, may give you that flotation boost that may improve your swim speed.”  Open water swimming is difficult enough; don’t complicate it further by adding in an uncom ..read more
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Wetsuit Alternatives: Stay Warm Without a Full Wetsuit While Open Water Swimming
Odyssey Open Water Blog » Wetsuit
by Warren Wallace
1y ago
With high-quality wetsuits being priced north of $500, it’s smart to gauge your actual need for a wetsuit before investing in one. If you need a wetsuit, there aren’t many true alternatives. However, if you’re not sure if an alternative would work instead of investing in a wetsuit, Coach Christina has a couple of suggestions for you to try first. ●        Neoprene Hood A neoprene hood swim cap insulates and warms your head while swimming in cold temperatures. It also can keep cold water out of your ears. Neoprene material is a thick synthetic rubber that is ..read more
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Wetsuit vs. Skin: Three Reasons Swimmers May Choose a Wetsuit
Odyssey Open Water Blog » Wetsuit
by Warren Wallace
1y ago
To wetsuit, or not to wetsuit? Making the decision between using a wetsuit or “going skins” can be difficult. With temperatures surrounding Alcatraz Island often colder than those near our dock at the Berkeley Marina, new Odyssey Alcatraz swimmers get a very quick and chilling wake-up call the second they jump in from the water taxi. We asked Odyssey Open Water Swimming coaches for tips and advice on several topics. Due to the in-depth responses we received from Coach Christina, we’ll be releasing several, starting with three reasons swimmers may choose to wear a wetsuit instead of “going ski ..read more
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