How To Swim Fast Around Buoys | Open Water Swimming Tips For Triathletes

Published on September 14th 2017


A triathlon swim can be very hectic, especially when swimming around sighting buoys. Here is GTN's advice on how to master cornering swim buoys in the open water! Subscribe to GTN: Check out the GTN Shop: Swimming around buoys can feel quite alien and can be very hectic on race day. Mark and Heather show you how to swim around a buoy and with practise you can master this skill with confidence. Begin with, break this skill down into 5 stages: - Sight on approach - make sure you are sighting and swim on the most direct route to the buoy, aiming for the side of it. - Take the fastest line - approach the buoy as close as possible without catching your arms and without cutting up other swimmers as a collision can slow you down significantly. - Enter the turn - maintain or increase your arm rate to get past the buoy quickly and get back into your rhythm. Keep your head down during the turn to maintain your speed. - Maintain leg kick - keep kicking to avoid your feet being swum over and pushed down as it is difficult to get back up to speed. - Sight on exit - as soon as you exit the turn, begin sighting for the next buoy swim to maintain on course. Try out these tips and let us know how you get on in the comments below 👇 If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link 👍 Watch more on GTN... 📹 9 Open Water Swimming Skills - 📹 9 Essential Triathlon Skills To Master -