December 06, 2011
Mandatory gear: Swim cap, goggles, swimsuit or wetsuit; optional gear: pfd (life jacket)
The gist: Triathletes do it. You can too! Ditch pool laps for a lake swim.
You need to know how to swim well. You need to know city rules about kicking out past beach barriers. But once you have determined that open water swimming is right for you, the activity can be a liberating experience for swimmers tired of laps in a pool. With the rise of triathlons in the U.S., a sport that has an open-water swimming section in each race, swimming across small lakes or doing long laps parallel to the shore has experienced a surge. Look into local triathlon clubs or open-water swimming groups for instruction and introduction before “taking the plunge.”