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The Advantages of Open Water Swim Training

Do you prefer swimming in open water or a pool? In this article you will discover why training in open water is better!

Where would you rather do your swim training?

In open water or a pool?

In this article, we discuss the benefits of swimming in open water. 

To learn about the benefits of swimming in a pool, go here.

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Swim training in open water is a much more realistic scenario than pool swimming because, in a survival situation, you will most likely be in open water. 

Open water has many elements that can not be replicated in a pool, such as waves, riptides, strainers, animals, etc.

More Challenging 

Swimming in open water is unquestionably more challenging for the same reasons that it is more realistic. 

You may have waves, colder temperatures, and other obstacles. 

Connect With the Earth 

Swimming in open water is a good opportunity to connect with nature. 

Whether in a lake, river, sea, or ocean, interacting directly with nature not only provides a beautiful experience but also has health benefits that you may not be aware of.


In conclusion, learning to swim in open water provides a more realistic, challenging experience that allows you to connect with nature.

However, I believe that when you're first learning to swim, it's best to practice in a pool rather than in open water since you can establish good habits in a controlled environment.

And if you hate or are unable to access open water, then just head to your local pool instead. Anything is better than nothing!

To learn what swim techniques to practice, check out 'Survival Swimming'.

Swim safe!

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Article by Sam Fury

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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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