Swimming has become a real growth sport in the Uk and for good reason. Not only is it a great way to keep fit but if you have a few friends that you go with then it can also be a very social activity too. Seeing as the UK is surrounded by the sea our only hurdle has been to beat the cold. The good thing is now the wetsuits you can buy are so good that warmth is no longer as much of an issue. Open water swimming is where you have the freedom to enter the sea and put your body to the test. Lots of clubs are now being born from the passion of people wanting to be in the water.
When it comes to choosing the best for swimming in the UK or Europe then you need to consider a few things first such as what time of year you want to swim. As if you are looking to get in the water in the months of December to April then you will need to look for a flexible and good quality winter wetsuit. The major difference of a winter to summer suit is the thickness of the neoprene. A winter thickness is 5mm on the body and 3mm on the arms where as a summer version will be 3mm on the body and 2mm on the arms.
Winter Time Swimming
So you have decided to swim in the winter months and a 5mm wetsuit will be needed for UK waters. As there are no specific open water swimming wetsuits designed for winter months it really needs to be a suit that has very good upper body and lumber flex. The good thing is that you don't need to spend a fortune to get a very good wetsuit for the money. One to consider would be the O'Neill epic 5/4mm wetsuit as it has really good flex and also benefits from thermal lining on the chest and kidneys to keep you warm. One thing that may also be worth considering would be a rash vest which is worn under the suit to prevent rashes.
Summer Swimming Wetsuits
When we enter the UK summer time the choice of suits that you can wear for open water swimming is much greater. As brands such as Blu Smooth are designed specifically for ocean swimming. The suit is cut in various thicknesses so that your body position is in the best place to swim as efficiently as possible. One of the best priced suit on the market is the Blu Smooth Open Water Wetsuit which uses the highest quality neoprene's on the market and the construction is second to none. So if you really want to get the most from your swimming then you should consider this suit. A proper open water suit is constructed in a different way to a standard wetsuit as the whole suit is constructed on the outside from smooth skin which in terms of swimming means their is less water resistance and you swim faster.
You can see from this picture all the shiny material is the smooth skin and this causes less drag in the water. Saying that if you are completely new to swimming in open water then something like the O Neill Reactor priced at £69 is a great way to start out and see if you want to take the sport further or it will be good for general water sports such as surfing or general beach use. If you have any questions or need further help please feel free to call us.