Beginners Guide to Tow Floats
These are the most frequently asked questions when thinking about using a Tow Float when open water swimming:
- What does a tow float do?
The main reason is to increase your VISIBILITY from the shore and to other users of the open water. The other reasons are to give you something to support your weight if you are tired/have cramp and to provide waterproof storage.
- Do I need a tow float?
- How does a tow float work?
The tow float/dry bag is pulled behind you while swimming, attached via a waist belt and short leash. It floats out of range of arms and kick zone.
- Does a tow float slow you down?
It may seem counter-intuitive, but swimming with a tow float does not actually cause enough drag to be noticed. It is said the bow wave that is created by your shoulders and upper body creates an eddy behind you, which actually pushes the buoy forward, so it virtually eliminates any possibility of drag. Also, because the short leash attachment allows the tow float to float over the bend of your knees/thighs it is out of the way of the finish of your arm stroke; and since it does not reach past the upper calves, your kick is also unaffected.
- How do I choose a tow float?
- How to attach the Waist Belt & Leash to a tow float?
- Can you use a tow float as a buoyancy aid?
A Tow Float/Dry Bag is not a buoyancy aid. As a tow float/dry bag is buoyant it can be a great support when you're tired, get cramp or just want a breather. You can then simply hug it and float along while having a chat with other members of the group or attract attention if you require help.
- Will a tow float keep you afloat?
- Can you use a Dry Bag as a tow float?
Yes! All our dry bags come with a waist belt and leash that allow you to tow them behind you when you swim. The water takes the weight of the bag so there is very little drag - they won't slow you down! Plus you'll be able to keep your kit safe and dry while you swim.