My Wife is training for a triathlon, but has found out that she gets panicky in the open water swim. She’s a fish in the pool (she used to be a life guard). And both of us are scuba divers. Though she is less experienced than I.
So. She needs to get used to open water. There is a lake about 40 miles away that we think we will be able to find a quite cove to swim in.
But. The water temp is going to be 58-60 degrees. She has a full specially made triathlon wet suit. Last weekend she swam in a lake that was about 62 degrees. No problem at all with cold. And to overcome the panic, she just rolled over on her back and did the elementary back stroke.
I will be going with her as support, and swim with her a bit. I will probably just bob around and give encouragement.
I just have a shorty wet suit, with short sleeves. It’s not a bib type. And booties. More suited to the Caribbean dives that we do.
I’ll be wearing my fins so I can move fast.
Anywho, I’m gonna get cold fast. Depending on the water temp, and the size of the cove, and how well I and my Wife do, I plan on getting in and out, and keeping an eye on her from shore.
Wet suits keep you warm by keeping a thin layer of water next to your body. Your body heats it up. I think that if I wore a t-shirt or even a thin fleece vest under my wet-suit, it would act as a kind of sieve, and help prevent the colder water from rushing in and out when I move.
What do you think? Ever try that?