3 Ways To Change Your Stroke For Faster Open Water Swimming

What changes can you make to your stroke when swimming in open water to help you go faster, stay in control, and feel confident in rough water? In today’s video, we look at three of the key tweaks to your technique that can help you when go from pool swimming to the open water.



  • In open water swimming, it is common for swimmers to have a wider and higher arm recovery compared to pool swimming
  • The waves and uneven water surface in open water can restrict the movement of the hand, so a higher recovery can be more effective
  • Wearing a wetsuit in open water can further restrict shoulder movement, making a higher and wider recovery even more beneficial



  • Stroke rate in open water swimming is often higher than in the pool due to the extra buoyancy
  • The lack of smoothness and glide in open water makes it easier to turn the arms over faster
  • A slightly faster stroke rate can be beneficial for many swimmers in open water



  • Being overly controlled with hand placement can hinder performance
  • Choppy conditions require a faster hand entry
  • Placing the hand in the water with speed provides balance and control
  • Slow and overly controlled hand entry can make one vulnerable to waves and other swimmer
  • An assertive hand entry helps maintain control and stability in choppy conditions


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Brenton and Mitch were great to work with at the clinic, Good to get video analysis to work on straight away, practice some new drills and go home knowing what you need to work on.

Alex McFadyen