How to Master Your Tempo in Open Water Swimming

Watching an experienced pool swimmer slice through the water quietly, while accentuating each stroke with a long glide, can both look and sound beautiful—soothing, even.

“I want to swim like that,” you think to yourself. Sadly, this style of freestyle is both inefficient and ineffective for the open water.

*Cue the WOMP WOMP sound effect.*

Perhaps the most profound differentiator between pool and open water swimming is tempo. How quickly can you turn over your arms is a critical consideration when approaching the open water.

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