Open water swimming is a fascinating water activity, but it often comes with a lot of challenges. You often must contend with cold water, waves, water visibility, currents, sandbars, drop offs, undertows, underwater obstacles, and even sharks and motor crafts.
The first step to prevention is being aware of and identifying the risks associated with Open Water swimming. Once risk factors associated with it have been identified, the next step is to control those which can be controlled. That’s why it is preferable to put into practice as many safety/security measures as possible.
It may be possible to control certain risk factors by ensuring that you have the right equipment, and that the equipment is in excellent condition. Below you will find a list of products which we think can help make it a safe and extraordinary water visibility experience.
#1 Adventure Lights Guardian™ Expedition
The Guardian™ Expedition LED Signal and Safety Light is a small, lightweight and fully waterproof, impact resistant and omnidirectional signal light that can easily attach to the swimmer’s goggle strap or through the garment tag on the back of a swimsuit or swimsuit straps (for women). Thanks to patented Reverse Polarity Program Switching™ technology, the function of the light can be changed between flashing and steady on modes by simply flipping the battery over.
The Guardian™ can be seen from up to 5 kilometers away, is waterproof to a depth of 350 feet (100m) and is equipped with a replaceable battery with a life of over 240 hours to keep yourself seen even on the foggiest swims.
Whatever the adventure, Adventure Lights can help you return home safe.
“These are lighter and more comfortable than the light sticks. The cap one is tiny, weighs nothing and is trouble free.” - Ned Denison
#2 ISHOF SaferSwimmer Float
The ISHOF SaferSwimmer Float is specifically designed to provide a safety aide for open water swimmers, serving three important functions without hindering performance or hindering your stroke. When considering personal safety and peace of mind for you and those who care about you consider the following advantages of this device: It makes you visible to boaters, jet skis, kite boarders or other potential human hazards while you are swimming; It can be used as a flotation device when you need it in the case of cramps, dizziness or injury and it can also be used to rescue others; It can also keep your “stuff” safe while you’re swimming or allows you to take along your “stuff” on one-way swims across rivers or lakes.
#3 Finis Swimmer’s Snorkel
Finis Swimmer’s Snorkel created and patented the first ever center-mount snorkel designed specifically for swimmers. The Original Swimmer’s Snorkel allows swimmers to focus on stroke technique without the interruption of turning your head to breathe. By eliminating the need to breathe, swimmers can relax in the water, maintain body alignment and improve stroke efficiency. The one-way purge valve allows water to flow out of the snorkel without entering the mouthpiece. Accommodates a full range of motion for butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle.
#4 Sharkbanz Shark Repellent Bracelet
Sharkbanz Shark Repellent Bracelet is the result of long term, ongoing scientific studies and testing. Sharkbanz utilize powerful permanent magnets to create an effective shark deterrent that’s always on and requires no batteries or charging. When sharks approach Sharkbanz, they detect the device’s strong electromagnetic field, which provides a sudden sensation that is thousands of times stronger than the signal produced by anything in a shark’s normal food chain. Consequently, sharks are deterred away from Sharkbanz. This cause-and-effect is analogous to having a bright light suddenly shined in your eyes in a dark room. You would not be hurt, but you would want to turn away.
#5 Hi-Vis Warmwear Cap
The Hi-Vis Warmwear Cap features a bright color that provides you with extremely high visibility, helping you stand out and be spotted more easily in all water conditions. Meanwhile, PU coated elastic polyester construction retains your body heat for added warmth and protection.