- 1 Open Water Lanzarote: immerse yourself in the history of an emblematic aquatic event
- 2 Challenging the Atlantic: the circuits and routes of the Open Water competition
- 3 Tips and strategies: how to prepare for the challenge of swimming in open water
- 4 Different distances, same spirit: the competition categories in the Open Water Lanzarote
- 5 Stories under the sun: testimonials and experiences of Open Water swimmers
- 6 Practical aspects: registration, accommodation, equipment, and meeting points for the event
Open Water Lanzarote: immerse yourself in the history of an emblematic aquatic event
It is an open-water crossing designed for all kinds of swimmers and has already become one of the best in the Canary Islands.
Hundreds of participants gather every year to enjoy a day that not only brings together swimming enthusiasts but also gives them the opportunity to get to know the impressive crystal-clear waters of Playa Grande.
The race is already considered the prelude of one of the biggest sports competitions on the island: the Ironman Lanzarote.
Challenging the Atlantic: the circuits and routes of the Open Water competition
Even though it is already possible to enrol in the Open Water Lanzarote, it is still early to know the circuits and routes. The organisers have yet to define where the start will be and the route in each category and modality.
Tips and strategies: how to prepare for the challenge of swimming in open water
To prepare for a challenge as demanding as the Open Water Lanzarote, it is important to follow these recommendations:
- Do specific training, in conditions similar to those you will find in the competition.
- Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids before and during the competition to perform in optimal conditions.
- Use the right equipment: wetsuit, swimming cap, swimming goggles, etc.
- Develop a race strategy: swimming pace, managing laps and crowds…
- Always train in safe conditions, with a partner or under supervision, and know the distress signals in case of emergency.
- Your rest and recovery are essential to be able to give your best on race day.
Different distances, same spirit: the competition categories in the Open Water Lanzarote
The Open Water Lanzarote is an open water competition divided into three categories: masters, juniors, and infants, which also offer different levels of difficulty:
- 5 kilometres
- 3.8 kilometres
- 1.9 kilometres
In addition, the races are divided into male and female categories. There are also competitions by age and for beginners, under-10, and pre-youth, so that the whole family can participate.
And, for professional swimmers, the race also has an official status. The Insular Open Water Cup is added to the 3.8-kilometre event, while the swimmers who take part in the 5-kilometre event will compete for the Spanish Open Water Cup.
Stories under the sun: testimonials and experiences of Open Water swimmers
The Open Water Lanzarote is a very successful event, with new participants every year, reaching more than 700 registered swimmers in the 2023 edition.
As you can see on the official YouTube channel of the competition, those who have already participated in this event recommend it one hundred percent.
Most of them highlight the atmosphere, the experience, the climate, the safety, or the good organisation, among other things.
Practical aspects: registration, accommodation, equipment, and meeting points for the event
On the official website of the Open Water Lanzarote it is already possible to register for the next edition of the competition, which takes place every year in May.
Due to the time of the year, it is very important for the participants to plan their stay on the island in advance, as swimmers come from other parts of Spain and different countries.
This means that accommodation should be sought well in advance to ensure the availability of free rooms in the area, as it is one of the most touristic areas of Lanzarote and May is a month in which a large influx of tourists is already beginning to be noticed.
As for the equipment, each participant has to take care of their own wetsuit, although other elements such as the cap or the timing chip will be provided by the organisation