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Friday, December 13, 2013

Open Water Swimming – Diving Key To Success

What you want to do and be at all times in the open water is to be safe.

When dolphining and diving in the ocean through the waves, especially in the shallow waters, you want to dive flat or just below the waves. By diving flat, you can accomplish a few important things:

1. You will not hit the bottom or rocks.
2. You will maintain your forward momentum.
3. You will enable yourself to streamline through the water very well.

If the surf is large or the waves are dumpers, you may want to dive a bit more deeper. In some situations especially when the surf is extremely large and the opportunity arises, you may also want to grab the ocean bottom with your hands so you will not be pushed laterally or back to shore.

Just dig into the soft sand with your hands and as the wave and turbulence passes over you, you can push off the ocean floor with your feet, giving you additional momentum.

However, what you definitely do not want to do is to attempt to jump or dive over a large amount of whitewater, especially when the waves are large. You probably will not be able to clear the whitewater and will be pushed back by the surf.

In the worse-case scenarios, you may lose your goggles and your swim cap and become disoriented as the whitewater and turbulence takes or keep you under the surface of the water.

You also do not want to dive too deeply and hit the bottom with your head or hands. Usually when we see feet straight up in the air, this is a sign that the swimmer or triathlete dove too deeply.

Photo above shows 7-time Olympic medalist Aaron Peirsol diving through a wave while the photo below shows an unidentified swimmer who just dove too steeply and deeply.

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