Wetsuit or not

Advice please

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20/06/2014 at 16:50

For a sea swim with wetsuit optional, what would be faster. Wesuit or not? Just a swim and nothing else

Cake    pirate
20/06/2014 at 17:26

It's a generallisation but a wetsuit is faster a lot more so if your a bloke instead of a lady due to buancy. For a sea swim I'm not aware of there being to much difference but might be wrong.

seren nos    pirate
20/06/2014 at 17:34

depends on how good a swimmer you are and the type of wetsuit......also the distance of the swim.....

if you are a good swimmer and its a short distance I would go without........especially with the extra buoyancy of the water.....


not sure why Cake mentions sex..as I am a woman and I swim horrendously without a wetsuit.has an analysis from a top coach and my leg drag is very bad...but getting better with postioning.

20/06/2014 at 17:44

It is a commonly held belief that men are less floaty.

Cake    pirate
20/06/2014 at 17:44

It's been mentioned to me a few times from Caz and Bookie and just assumed every lady is the same.

seren nos    pirate
20/06/2014 at 17:45

It seems like its me not you then Cake.....I must have a manly body.....

20/06/2014 at 19:39

I'm a good swimmer but with heavy runner's legs so maybe a wetsuit. A 2.5k swim


seren nos    pirate
20/06/2014 at 19:44

if it had been a 750m swim then i would say probably the time saving in T1 would outway the gain in time for a good swimmer.....but for 2.5k then probably a wetsuit if well fitted would probably be best


 thats a strange distance.is it just a swim .not a tri

20/06/2014 at 21:22


Blisters    pirate
20/06/2014 at 23:03
seren nos wrote (see)

It seems like its me not you then Cake.....I must have a manly body.....

I'd snog Seren.

Oh, you don't want a sensible contribution from "Swims Like a Brick".
2.5k? Water temperature? Even at 24 degrees, I swim faster in a wettie. There is a consideration that over a long distance your Bodyglide might wear off, and the love bites start to get sore. But 2.5k is not a long distance in those terms. the UK sea doesn't hit 24 degrees either.


20/06/2014 at 23:48

I have no idea what you are talking about

seren nos    pirate
21/06/2014 at 08:42

Thank You Blisters........nicest thing written about me for a long time


Cunk...........as you have put this in triathlon I presumed that was what the swim was part of........go on admit it.you are drawn to teh dark side

flyaway    pirate
21/06/2014 at 09:36

Philomena - do you have a wetsuit? Have you swum in it? Have you timed yourself swimming in it and not? Do you feel comfortable in it? Do you feel the cold when swimming in open water?

A well fitting wetsuit that's the right style/model for you, bearing in mind your swim style and ability (ie with the optimal amount of buoyancy in the places that will most help you) should make you faster. 

I know that sounds like it's got caveats up the yin yang but if you don't have the right wetsuit, or it doesn't fit, you're not necessarily going to be quicker.

Since its just a swim, you don't need to worry about taking it off quickly. For that distance, if it were me, I would wear one, assuming it's not ridiculously hot.

21/06/2014 at 10:43

Good stuff guys. My minds made up. Wetsuit it is. I do have a wetsuit and I have done an Ironman swim in it with no problems 

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