How to Swim in the Ocean

Safety is essential when learning how to swim in the ocean. Unlike swimming pools, there are currents to deal with, so it's a lot more difficult.
How to Swim in the Ocean

Last update: 09 October, 2022

The ocean is a source of artistic inspiration, a tourist attraction, the livelihood of thousands of sailors, a travel destination, and a place of relaxation. It also provides us with one of the simplest and most comforting pleasures in life: swimming in open water. If you haven’t tried it yet, continue reading for some tips on how to swim in the ocean.

Here, you’ll discover how to learn to swim in open water. It’s very important that you know which precautions you should take and what are the risks so your experience will be safe and enjoyable.

How to Safely Swim in the Ocean

You shouldn’t be afraid. However, you must have a healthy respect for, and a high level of caution, when learning to swim in the ocean. There are many people who, due to imprudence or ignorance, lost their lives swimming in open water. For this reason, and to prevent accidents, there are some safety guidelines that you must know and abide by.

Man swimming.

The danger of swimming in the ocean is in the currents that drag a swimmer and pull it down under the water. For this reason, you must know about ocean current flow and how to get out of it, should it happen to you:

  • First, don’t get nervous, and don’t panic.
  • Second, don’t try to swim against the current. If you do so, you’ll expend all of your energy.
  • Always swim accompanied by another person, and near a lifeguard post.
  • Follow the instructions of the lifeguard on duty. In many places, the degree of safety or danger of a swimming spot is indicated by the color of a flag.
  • Then, if a current drags you away, swim parallel to the shore and, when the intensity of the wave dwindles, swim towards the shore.
  • If you’re exhausted, try to signal with your arms and/or yell for help.

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Swim in the ocean

How to Swim in the Ocean

As obvious as it may seem, it’s very important to take some lessons to learn to swim in open water. It’s best to start in a more controlled environment such as a pool, where there are no:

  • ocean currents
  • cold temperatures
  • waves and buoyancy differences
  • fears
  • dangers
  • jellyfish, fish, or coral.

Swimming is a sport in which the technique you use completely determines the result. Well-executed movements save a lot of effort in every stroke and consequently, you’ll greatly benefit from practicing this sport, which stands out because you use every muscle in your body.

This way, a swimming instructor can correct the posture and alignment of your body as you swim. A few swimming lessons will stay with you for the rest of your life, so it’s worth the investment. In addition, you’ll gain self-confidence.

Swimming person.

Safety Buoys

It’s strongly advisable to be safe when swimming in the ocean. Perhaps consider inflatable safety buoy. They come in bright colors to be able to be seen from afar. In addition, they can attach to your waist with a strap and they’re also useful to carry small objects such as keys, cellphones, etc.

The buoy will offer you peace of mind since it guarantees your buoyancy if you get exhausted while you swim, or if you lose control. If you want to swim in the ocean as a sport, then you should must add this safety tool to your gear.

Learn to Breathe Correctly

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Finally, before you begin to swim, you must learn the proper breathing technique. Moreover, get used to this breathing mode on the surface and hold your breath with your head underwater for several strokes. Many people use nasal forceps to train themselves to inhale and exhale air only through their mouth.

Above all, don’t forget that swimming in the ocean should be an activity to enjoy nature while you get fit. It’s important to always exercise caution and common sense, but don’t be let fear paralyze you. Start swimming in the ocean and you’ll experience the wonderful sensation of lightness and freedom that only the sea can offer you.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.