20 tips som gjør havsvømming til en trygg aktivitet

20 tips that make sea swimming a safe activity

This article is based on a blog article from Zone3. Translated by Frivannsliv (we reserve the right for possible errors).

Norway is excellent for sea swimming with our long coastline and beautiful archipelago. With good equipment, sea swimming can be done all year round, here are some good tips for you who are going out to swim.

In Norway, the water is often cold, and if you want to read about how to get used to cold water, and what you have to take into account when the water is cold, you can read this blog article .

KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS

• Enter the water slowly so that you acclimatise and avoid cold water shock. Read more about this here

• Do not swim alone if you are a beginner 

• Swim close to shore

• Stay away from deep, cold water

• Avoid areas with electricity

HAVE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT

• Choose a swimsuit that is suitable for your use

• Swim with a swim buoy

• Wear a swimming cap if it's cool

• Have warm, dry clothes ready on land

• Take hot drinks and energy refills with you

SWIM WITH A FRIEND

• Swim with others

• Tell someone on shore where you are

KNOW WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY

• Familiarize yourself with local emergency services

• If you find yourself in a stressful situation, lie down in a floating position and try to counteract the instincts that make you want to "flip around"

• Lean back and breathe calmly

• Think through how you can get to land as quickly and safely as possible

IF YOU DISCOVER SOMEONE IN NEED

• Call out to the person who needs help to notify them that they have been seen, and call out/get the attention of someone on land if you are in the water yourself. Call 113.

• Try to reach the person with a stick, throw something floating or otherwise reach the person.

• Keep an eye on the person at all times and try to calm and guide them. 

Good trip!

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