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When cold water swimming out in the open water, be sure to wear bright clothing so you won't be struck by any boats. A bright orange swim cap will aid your safety. Always wear an appropriate suit that keeps your body temperature at a healthy minimum and protect for feet from possible sharp items. You should also remember to swim in groups, keep your eye out for buoys as a reference point, and use a variation of swimming strokes so you won't overtire or cramp up.