If you swim in open water whether you’re a triathlete, an open water swimmer or you just enjoy swimming out in the sea or in the lake then, you’ll need to be sighting because it’s very easy to go off track and off course if you’re not sighting.
There are two main ways to sight. This is one of the ways and it’s probably the easiest way for most swimmers. Now, that way is to sight as you’re extending forward with your lead arm and then to take a breath as your arm comes over in the recovery. So, let’s take a look at the video here. This is of me swimming, I’m just doing a little bit of a practice sight every couple of strokes. So if can see when I extend forward, with my right arm, I’m sighting. And then, when I come over in the recovery with my left arm, I take a breath. So it’s all in one action.
The other way to do it is to swim with your head up for a couple of strokes but it can be slower for most swimmers. So, this is a really good way just to practice your sighting. You can practice this is in the pool. You can practice by looking up at the end of the lane, if you’ve got a block at the end of the lane, then you can practice sighting that block when you do this.
So in your next training session, this might be the best way for you to sight. Give it a try. See if it works for you. And if you’ve got any other recommendations for sighting that you like to use, I’d love to hear from you on the comments below.
We cover sighting and others ways to sharpen your open water skills more in our Open Water Mastery program.