What Are Open Water Swimming Caps

Open water swimming caps are a type of swimmer’s headgear designed to fit snugly over the top of your head and cover all but the very back section of your hair. They help keep your hair from getting wet with pool or ocean water, which can be uncomfortable and make it difficult to go underwater for long periods without feeling claustrophobic. Open water swimming caps also provide protection from sunburns and insects.

The open water, or open water swimming caps are designed to protect the scalp from surface spray and waves when diving. Swimmers tend to wear these caps during stints in competitive races such as triathlons, ocean-based marathons and paddle events which require strong strokes of the hands.

Three things to consider when purchasing an open water swimming cap:

  1. Open water swimming caps are a type of swim cap that is designed to be worn when swimming in open water
  2. They are typically made from silicone or latex, and come in many different colors
  3. This style of swim cap is often used by triathletes who need to wear their hair up while they’re swimming for safety reasons