Open water dilemma – wetsuit or skins?

Never has a bit of kit been as divisive as the humble wetsuit. Some outdoor swimmers shun wetsuits, while others wouldn’t go near the water without. So do you need one or not?

Rowan Clarke, a keen open water swimmer and coach, looks at both sides of the debate.

Open water events

Much depends on what kind of open water swimming you are doing.

Wetsuits aren’t cheap or easy to put on, but they offer huge advantages to your warmth and buoyancy. So, thinking about your open water swimming goals will help you decide whether or not you need one.

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