Equipment – What should I wear?

  • The event is being held in Killary Fjord in October and the average temperature in the water will roughly be 12° C. The temperature for competitive swimming events is 27° C, therefore you will need to be prepared for the cooler conditions. For the 750m swim a wetsuit is compulsory but it is optional for the 2km swim for those experienced in swimming in open water without one. If possible use a triathlon-specific suit as they are more flexible at the shoulders and will not restrict or compromise your strokes. Regardless of the type it is important that the suit fits you properly (too small results in difficulty in breathing and cramping, too large results in the cuffs being too loose and will let in too much water which will cause excess dragging in the water). It is important to get used to swimming in a wetsuit prior to the event as your buoyancy and stroke will be affected.
  • Other personal equipment to consider includes:
    • Goggles: they should form a tight seal against eyes and nose and allow you enough vision to see where you are travelling. Tinted goggles are useful when swimming into the sun!
    • Swimsuit/shorts: just like the wetsuit they should not be baggy otherwise they will cause dragging in the water.
    • Swimming hat: by wearing one you will help prevent body heat escaping while you are in the open water. Wear two hats (silicone or neoprene) -  wear a thick one then put on your goggles, then a second hat. The second hat will help prevent the goggles slipping and trap more heat. If the second hat is brightly coloured you will be more visible in the water.
    • Non-petroleum products: for lubrication. Apply to your neck to prevent chaffing.
  • Tow-floats have been introduced as mandatory since the 2015 event for safety reasons. ALL competitors in ALL distances of The Great Fjord Swim must wear a tow-float. We have a number of easy options available to you for getting a tow-float if you do not have your own on our Information pdf here.