- Swim with a buddy; watching you from shore or from a boat if not swimming with you.
- Use a brightly colored flotation device so that other water-users can see you easily.
- Wear a brightly colored swim cap, also for visibility.
- If it is a clear, sunny day, there are tinted goggles on the market that you may enjoy using.
- Wear a wetsuit if a) you need to because the water is cold, or b) you will be racing in one so that you get used to it.
- BONUS: It can be helpful/interesting to have a watch with an open water swim setting that will tell you how far you have swum and how fast.
Open water can be dangerous – whether ocean currents, sharks, jelly fish, boats on a lake or ocean. Use extreme caution and common sense, these are basic tips after you have found a safe place to do your open water swim.