LYNX hosted an “Explore Open Water” event last night along with Tri-It Multisport and had a great turn out and great feedback from participants. The session started out with Richelle Love, Owner and Manager of Tri-It Multisport store, talking to the group about choosing the right wetsuit for your body type and swim ability. Then, with the help of a volunteer (thanks Trish C!) Richelle walked us though putting on and taking off a wetsuit – step by step.
Part 1: How to put on and take off a wetsuit:
- Finding the right wetsuit is like shopping for jeans. You MUST try on!
- Pull up the legs 1 inch at a time – as if you are putting on stockings
- Make sure you get the crotch all the way up. If not, start back at your ankles & work up
- Don’t ever do deep knee bends in your wet suit! This puts excessive stress on the seams
- The neck should fit high & tight. It should not scoop down like a tee-shirt. This ensures the fit is proper in the shoulders and that water won’t pour in the top
- Once on, you should be able to grab a “healthy handful” around the zipper. If you can’t, you will be restricted around your rib cage. This will impact breathing.
- To take off, left arm behind your next to release velcro, right hand grabs pull sting behind your back and pulls down to unzip or pulls up if a ‘break away” model
- Once unzipped, right hand pulls down left shoulder and left hand pulls down right shoulder
- Finally, pull the wetsuit down inside out
- Once it’s around your ankles, step on it as if you are kid taking off snow pants
After everyone had on their properly fitting wetsuits, the group got into the water. It was the first time for many in the group.
Part 2: Exploring open water:
- We started by getting acclimated – splashing water on our faces, dealing with the slight discomfort when cold water seeps in through the zipper.
- We talked about how important it is to NOT hold your breath when swimming!
- We swam 25m sections at a time as a group
- We discussed, watched demos, and practiced proper drafting & sighting technique
Finally, we swam to shore, practiced taking off our wetsuits and had a quick wrap up discussion and called it a good night!
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