Tips for Swimming in Choppy Water

To successfully swim in choppy water you need to be able to adapt your stroke to the conditions on the day. A typical ‘pool swim stroke’ will be significantly slower on a choppy day than on a flat/calm day.

To adapt your swim stroke focus on:

  • High arm recovery to clear the chop on the surface of the water – reduces drag
  • Full arm extension before hand enters the water – maximise length of stroke & reduces drag from chop
  • Sighting frequently – stay in line with target
  • Sighting with just his eyes out of the water (like a crocodile) and then breathing to the side – maintains body position high in the water

Bonus Tip – swim with your dog for company

Further Reading:

Open Water Swimming Tips For Triathlon Racing


How To Improve Your Open Water Swim