Open Water Swimming – my First Experience (Part III)

Continuing from the previous post…

To be honest, I don’t know what sparked my interest for open water swimming. But over the years, I continued to swim in the open water just for the joy of it. While open water comes with its own challenges, it offers a number of elements of pleasure and opportunity to get closer to nature.

If I can recall correctly, I immediately felt the freshness of the air (no more lingering smell of chlorine) as I entered the water. Just stepping into the water felt liberating! On top of that, there were no constrains of the swim lanes. I’m not sure if it was my imagination or not, I found swimming in the lake more rejuvenating.

The more time I spent in the water, the more comfortable I felt and the more I enjoyed the experience. The waves in the lake had a soothing effect on me. And as I moved away from the shore, the general noise died down and I felt like being gently cradled by the waves when I floated on my back.   I was mesmerized by the vastness of the afternoon sky, the gentle waves in the water, and the tall trees surrounding the lake. All in all, I was soaked in by the tranquility.

After I got comfortable, returning back to the shore was not eventful, but it made me look forward to coming back again (and soon).  Today, as my journey continues in the open water, I still carry the desire to swim in the lake under a starry sky, but that has not happened yet. Perhaps one day.

The experience of swimming in a placid and inland lake is very different from swimming in more turbulent waters (e.g, ocean). Expect additional challenges to be thrown at you, and prepare and train accordingly. No matter what, at the end, open water swimming is rewarding.

If you always wanted to swim in open water and haven’t done it, what’s holding you back? Go ahead, take a plunge and do share your experience. 

Safe swimming!

– Meghna Sil


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