Low profile, black hats. For when you don’t want to be seen.

There was a bit of a discussion about swim hat colours at the beach lately, as the number of swimmers back in the sea grows quite quickly.  Not a fashion discussion – a safety one.  As the Summer season begins, it’s good to think about safety again.

A quick scan of safety rules for open water swims online came up with these:

  • Brightly coloured swim caps to aid visibility while in the water must be worn.
  • Standard kit would include wetsuit, goggles, high visibility swim hat, flip flops, towel, changing mat, and water proof watch.
  •  High visibility swim caps are worn by swimmers to make ocean swimming safer.
  • A high visibility swim cap shows where you are – especially valuable if there are boats passing by.
  •  All swimmers must wear a high visibility swim cap.

I stopped after five events – I reckoned it was clear enough.  I couldn’t find any that said “cool, black or dark, invisibility-inducing caps must be worn“.  I looked – really.

This, for example, is a high visibility swim cap:

 

It’s easy to see in the sea.  See?

Here’s one that isn’t high visibility:

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It’s cool, black, low-profile  – AND BLOODY USELESS IN THE SEA UNLESS YOU WANT TO PLAY SUBMARINES!

So, jokes aside, black is great in the pool.  Totes the coolest. For the sea – go bright. As bright as you like.

Absolutely worthwhile to re-read this from Tom McCarthy, as the boats start to reappear around Myrtleville as well: Stay Safe.  Swim Safe.

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One thought on “Low profile, black hats. For when you don’t want to be seen.

  1. Reblogged this on Sandycove Swimmers and commented:
    An interesting Read.. Black or dark coloured hats are a no no in the sea. (wear bright colours Yellow/Green/Pink/White/Think Bright. Black Hats are for the pool, or for under the bright hat!
    Be Safe. Be Seen.

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