After a wet suit, the open water swimmer’s best friend …


When I go for my long open water swims, I have two concerns (and drowning isn’t one of them!):

  • Will the boaties—particularly those towing water skiers—see me (a black wet suit with a white/yellow cap isn’t that visible); and,
  • What do I do with my car keys?

Enter the ‘Real Swim Bag’ which solves both problems. This is one of those inventions which is so obvious I don’t know why they aren’t common place.

It is a dry bag which contains two bladders. You inflate the bladders and it floats like a buoy. There is a small belt that goes around your waist.  It is completely unobtrusive and you don’t notice it when you are swimming.  My wife Lis advised that it was very visible from the beach—especially as it was moving (slowly) across the water.

The are only $NZ 50 (about US$35) from I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you do any open water swimming get one. You won’t regret it.

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