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Chafing for Swimmers

Posted on 18 May 2015
Chafing for Swimmers

The Chafe Files - Pt 3!

Swimming!

The third instalment of our series - WATER!

Here in Australia, we *generally* rely less on the wetsuit than northern cousins but the cooler months are definitely upon us.  (I say cooler - 20 degrees is slipper weather here in Brisbane, isn't it Nick?!)

Wetsuit chafing can be an irritation or cause serious damage to the distance swimmer - especially around the neckline, under the arms & in the groin area. But it doesn't have to be that way - here are some tips to cut out the chafe:

  • FIT   Get professional help when choosing your wetsuit - it is vital that it fits you properly and won't move up and down when you swim.  It WILL look far to small to start with! Start by pulling it as high up your legs as possible before getting your arms in, and make sure it is snug
  • PRACTICE   Get some practice in!  This will make you feel much more confident in the water - not only during the swim itself but also during transitions if you are doing a triathlon.
  • SHAVE   One way to reduce friction...
  • SLIK   Spray some SLIK around your neck, arms and legs or wherever you chafe.  This convenient chafe protection spray will help avoid the burn as well as make it easier and quicker to take your wetsuit off.  It is perfectly safe to use on your wetsuit...
  • CARE   After you swim, be sure to rinse your wetsuit well and follow the manufacturers care instructions.  This will help prolong the life of the wetsuit as well as reduce bacteria buildup.

Here's the experience of Lincoln, Skin Strong customer:

"I use SLIK on my feet/shoes to prevent chafing, but I mostly use it on my lower legs/ankles before I put on my wetsuit before a triathlon and then I spray it on the outside of my wetsuit, lower legs so I can get it off super fast after the swim and before the bike.  Works great and doesn't hurt my wetsuit at all.  Check it out - you'll love it too."

What is your best tip for staying chafe free in the water?

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