Open Water for Wetsuit Tryout?

Clean open water for trying out wetsuit

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21/06/2007 at 10:08
HI All,
Can anyone recommend a clean open water either sea, lake near east london, essex please for me to try out my wetsuit this sunday. Thanks
The Trickster    pirate
21/06/2007 at 10:14
Roydon Lake? Frinton-on-Sea?
21/06/2007 at 10:28
Thanks Trickster, very excited to try my wetsuit out. Any hints or tips would be appreciated as I'm mainly used to blue line swimming?
21/06/2007 at 10:29
why clean??? is it a test suit?

21/06/2007 at 10:37
Hi FB, you are joking? why clean? Because I don't want to catch anything. It's not a test suit. I got a one season used Orca Apex from ebay, delivered yesterday
21/06/2007 at 10:58
OK - there's no such thing as "clean" (i.e. clear) water in OW swimming and if the lake/river/sea has been OK'd for OW swimming it's extremely unlikley you'll catch anything although all the usual disclaimers will be given such as don't drink it etc........the only real problem with fresh water swimming is the danger of Weils disease (carried by rats) althoih cases are very rare and usually from drinking unsafe water

there is always suspended particle matter in OW - some of it making the water very murky - but if it's been given the green light for swimming you'll be fine.........London Tri swim is in the Royal Dock and the water is very very murky but is perfectly fine to swim in

the sea is a great disinfectant in it's own right and unless you spend significant time in the sea or swim near sewage outfalls you're unlikley to catch anything................
21/06/2007 at 11:02
Thanks for that FB, hush my mouth
21/06/2007 at 11:10
Make sure you haven't got any cuts and you'll be fine! I'd be more worried about the safety of the body of water than the cleanliness.
21/06/2007 at 11:13
do you mean weatherwise Twinkler?
21/06/2007 at 11:26
more riptides and underwater obstructions i should think, but just swim somewhere that's been ok'd for swimming and you'll be fine - wetsuits provide loads of buoyancy.
21/06/2007 at 11:27
and don't swim on your own
21/06/2007 at 11:27
i was just about to add that - the most important thing!
21/06/2007 at 11:35
don't swim on your own? really?
21/06/2007 at 11:38
if you have an urge to be on London Tonight as an unidentified body dragged out of Lake X, thought to have drowned after an unexpected cramp, of course it's fine to OW swim on your own.

otherwise, best not.
21/06/2007 at 11:39
thanks ergo and sweetie, never thought of it I must admit
21/06/2007 at 11:39
yep - always buddy up with either another swimmer or someone on land to watch you in case of difficulties.........cramp, fatigue, currents, cold can all lead to major problems
21/06/2007 at 14:22
Mermaid, don't know how far you are willing to travel but i can recommend Gosfield Lake, http://www.gosfieldlake.co.uk. They run the session on a Sunday morning between 6 and 9, very friendly and best of all you can put your feet down at about 90% of the lake, so if you fancy a breather, stand up(unless your an umper lumper, then your in trouble)
21/06/2007 at 14:24
You could try a local lido and that would mean you would not have to find anyone to swim with.

London Fields Lido has just re-opened
21/06/2007 at 18:19
Sorry Mermaid, that was me earlier under Twinkler's log-in. Yes I meant safety as in how rough the water is/currents/tides etc. And everyone is right to say you shouldn't swim in open water by yourself. It's just not a safe thing to do.

If you go to London Fields lido I will be very jealous! :-)
25/06/2007 at 09:19
Update on my wetsuit. Fantastic swim and wetsuit at Whitstable on Sunday with a friend who braved the water in just a swimsuit.
A question though, after swimming against the tide I came out of the water and felt completely disorientated. Is this normal?
Thanks
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