1. Buy the neccesary equipment recommended for training such as a tow float for safety, swim hat (latex, silicon, neoprene) and woolly hat and something warm for afterwards.

In addition buying a wet suit from recognized brands. Make sure it fits, too tight will restrict you and too lose will fill up with water. Also decide what is the right thickness for your requirements. In addition ear plugs can really help to reduce irritation and increase insulation. Not forgetting goggles that are comfortable and fit the shape of your eyes is very important.

2. Although you will be wearing a wetsuit for the Great Swim series, small dips for acclimatization to cold water will also help. Many lake across UK open from 1st may. Short dips will really help to get use to the temperature drop from a pool. The more you do, the easier it becomes, make when you gradually increase the time to what you are comfortable with.

3. As there are no pool walls you need to be confident in open water. Therefore you should take small steps, if you swim in a controlled area ideally where you can stand up and swim from buoy to buoy. Start off with a small distance and then increase gradually as you get more confident

4. Swim with a partner this give you a focus and will make you feel again more confident it will also help when you start competing to get you use to swimming a long side someone.

5. Stroke technique - As you will be swimming longer distances without stopping your swim technique and efficiency will be of paramount importance to save energy as well as keeping injury free. In waves you will find it easier to go underneath them than over the top. Having a low head will really help this.

(See Ocean Walker technique oceanwalkeruk.com)

6. Sighting - Is a very important skill to master in open water. If you focus on a point beyond where you are going to swim this will act as a guide. The amount of times you sight will also dependent on how efficient your stroke is and whether you can swim in a straight line. You can master this in a pool which will increase your confidence and reduce how many times you sight. My recommendation is to not lift your head too high just enough so your eyes clear the water. You can breath when sighting, however this is less efficient if you lift your head too high your legs will drop causing an inefficient body position.

7. You can practice in training a fast start and quickly getting into a rhythm. My recommendation is to wet your face and back of your neck to prime yourself for entry before racing starts.

One of britains best open water swimmers Adam Walker (first British Person to swim toughest 7 ocean swims in the world) knows what it takes to succeed In Open water swimming!! Over the coming season Adam will be supporting our Great swimmers by providing a series of blogs to help fill in those burning questions you may have. You can also follow Adam direct on Twitter @adamsoceans7