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:
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.