Draft off the hips or lower legs of the swimmer in front of you during long stretches between turn buoys. Stay within the V section of their wake.

Drafting off the side enables you to breathe and look at your competitors instead of spending the time and effort to lift your neck and sight forward. This enables you to conserve energy and remain streamlined – instead of dropping your hips during sighting.

Photo of swimmers in Lake Willoughby, site of Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association events organized by Kingdom Games director Phil White.

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