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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Open Water Swimming - Drafting Keys To Success

Draft off the hips or lower legs of the swimmer in front of you during long stretches between turn buoys. Stay within the V section of their wake.

Drafting off the side enables you to breathe and look at your competitors instead of spending the time and effort to lift your neck and sight forward. This enables you to conserve energy and remain streamlined - instead of dropping your hips during sighting.

Photo of swimmers in Lake Willoughby, site of Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association events organized by Kingdom Games director Phil White.

Copyright © 2013 by World Open Water Swimming Association

1 comment:

  1. Had my best draft ever on the inaugural Slam The Dam at Lake Mead. Every time I thought I could pass him, I would fall back and have to sprint to regain that comfy, bubbly passage. I remember my time was faster than I thought it should have been. He sprinted away at the last buoy, so I was never able to thank him.
    To that mystery swimmer: Thank you!


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