Swimming FAQs

As you get ready for your event, we've pulled together the answers to some of the most common questions our swimmers ask to help you prepare for the start line.

Do I need to wear a wet suit?

No, we don't specify you have to wear a wet suit when swimming in open water but we do recommend it. We won't prevent you swimming at one of our events if you don't wear one.

Do I need to wear a hat?

It is compulsory that you wear a swimming hat and a wristband at our swims, both of which will be provided in your participant pack. It's worth getting used to wearing a swim hat when training.

What is the difference between swimming in an indoor pool and open water?

Swimming in open water (current, weather and other swimmers) means you'll be swimming further on the day, in water that may be colder than the pool. There are no lanes or ropes to guide you when open water swimming, so knowing where you are in relation to the shore is essential. Have a look at our training guides for guidance on how to best prepare for a sea swim.

Should I eat before a swim?

We recommend eating at least an hour before the swim, and this should be light meal. It's advisable to eat a good dinner with plenty of carbohydrates and low amount of protein the night before the swim. 

How much training should I do to prepare for a sea swim?

This will depend on the swim you're doing. Have a look at the training tips put together by Keri-Anne Payne, who came fourth in the 10k swim at the 2012 Olympics.