Three, two, one : summer is here! Cool! Sun, good weather… W here can I swim outdoors ?
For swimmers lucky enough to live on the coast, it doesn’t take much thought: open water Lifeguard training . Now, how to enjoy the summer weather in inland cities? The solution is the outdoor pool . Nothing better than an early swim with the surface shining in the morning sun or a plunge in the middle of the afternoon, when the heat is at its worst.
So pack your bag and warm up those muscles, the water awaits!
NEEDLESS TO SAY, TRAINING IN AN OUTDOOR POOL IS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE ARE USED TO IN INDOOR POOLS. LET’S SEE WHY.
THE FIRST DIFFERENCE IS THE TEMPERATURE OF THE WATER.
Normally it has to be around 26 or 27°C, but it is not easy to find heated outdoor pools in summer.
In addition, the temperature of the water is subject to variations in the ambient temperature.
IN FACT, THAT IS THE SECOND DIFFERENCE, THE AIR TEMPERATURE.
The effect in the water is significant, and if it’s too cold your cardiorespiratory fitness and swimming are affected, so training may not be as smooth as usual. At the same time, low temperatures bring their own benefits:
they make you burn more calories because the body has to work harder because of the cold;
blood circulates better. Swimming in cold water, the blood goes to the vital organs and therefore circulates more efficiently;
the lower temperature also increases your breathing capacity, because it forces you to breathe more deeply. The lungs open and the supply of oxygen is greater.
There are pros and cons to swimming in a cold environment (we mean both water and air temperature). If the sensation bothers you, put on a thin, sleeveless jumpsuit to enjoy without problems.
THE THIRD DIFFERENCE IS THE MATERIAL WE USE FOR OUTDOOR SWIMMING, ESPECIALLY GOGGLES.
Sunlight, glare and reflections on the surface can bother you while swimming, and even cause some more or less serious damage, depending on the exposure time. To train outdoors, glasses with a specific design are more than recommended.
offers a wide range of glasses to meet all needs. Mirror lenses and dark colored lenses are perfect for outdoor swimming.
To finish, the suggestion that I want to emphasize especially is that you take care of your skin. You have to wear sunscreen and avoid exposing yourself too long. May you never have to miss out on a good bath because you burned yourself the day before.