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Best Swimsuit For Wild Swimming

Best Swimsuit For Wild Swimming

Wild swimming, the exhilarating activity of swimming in natural bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, and oceans, requires a swimsuit that not only enhances your performance but also provides comfort and durability in what could be a challenging environment. When looking around for the best swimsuit for wild swimming, we recommend there are some essentials to factor in.

Best Swimsuit For Wild Swimming

Swimsuits for Wild Swimming

Let’s look closer at what you might want to consider when shopping for a wild swimming swimsuit. If you are looking for goggles, take a look at our post about the best ocean swim goggles .

Material and Fabric

The material of your swimsuit plays a crucial role in its performance and durability. Opt for swimsuits made from high-quality, quick-drying fabrics such as nylon, spandex, or polyester. These materials not only provide excellent elasticity for freedom of movement but also dry quickly, preventing discomfort and chafing during and after your wild swimming sessions. Being a friend to the ocean and the environment in general is important if you are a wild swimmer. Look for eco-friendly swimwear that is made using recycled materials so it has less impact on the planet.

UV Protection

You should also look for swimsuits with UV protection, as exposure to sunlight is inevitable during outdoor swimming. This will help with sunburn during warmer periods and also give you year-round protection from harmful UV rays.

Fit and Comfort

A well-fitted swimsuit is paramount for comfort and performance in wild swimming. Consider the cut and style that suits your body type and preferences. A one-piece suit offers more coverage and support, while a two-piece suit provides versatility and ease of movement. Ensure the swimsuit provides a snug fit without being too tight, as this can restrict your movements and lead to discomfort. Adjustable straps, closures, and a secure yet comfortable leg opening are key elements to look for in the perfect fit.

You may want to consider a style with in-build legs, like a legsuit which provides more coverage. Or a high neck design is ideal for those wanting extra support up top.

Chlorine Resistance

While wild swimming takes you away from chlorinated pools, your swimsuit still needs to withstand exposure to natural elements, including saltwater and other environmental factors. Choose a swimsuit labelled as chlorine-resistant, as it will likely have enhanced durability and colour retention, ensuring it stays in top condition even after repeated use in various water conditions.

Design and Style

Wild swimming often involves a connection with nature, and your swimsuit can reflect that. Consider designs and colours that align with the natural surroundings. Earthy tones, animal print, or an aquatic-inspired colour palette can add a touch of style to your wild swimming look. However, prioritise functionality over aesthetics to ensure your swimsuit meets the demands of your adventurous swims.

Freedom of Movement

The ability to move freely is essential for any swimmer, and it's especially crucial for wild swimmers navigating uneven and unpredictable environments. Opt for swimsuits with a design that allows a full range of motion in the arms, shoulders, and legs. Consider suits with racerback or open-back designs for enhanced mobility while maintaining support.


Wild swimming can expose your swimsuit to various elements such as rocks, sand, and vegetation. Choose a high-quality swimsuit with reinforced stitching and durable construction to withstand the rigours of outdoor adventures. Look for features like double-lined fabric in high-wear areas to enhance the suit's longevity.

Now that you know what to look for, let's explore some of the best swimsuits for wild swimming:

Swimsuits For Wild Swimming - Recommendations

We at Halcoline have been designing and making high-quality swimwear for years. We offer a great range of swimwear designed for comfort, style, and durability. Here are some of the best swimsuits that are ideal for a dip in the sea or a lovely lake swim.

Sleek Longer Length Swimsuit - Black

Best Swimsuit For Wild Swimming

Our Sleek Longer Length Swimsuit in Black looks fabulous on the body and is perfect for wild swimmers as it offers a high zip back. This is one of our longer length swimsuits, which offer taller wild swimmers, or those with a longer body, a bit more comfort and coverage whilst also enjoying a high-neck design.

This is one of our many swimsuits which is made from our recycled Econyl swimwear fabric. This fabric is better for the planet and so will help to protect wild swimming spots all over the world. You’ll also be pleased to know this gorgeous swimsuit is also chlorine-proof, giving it more longevity over other swimming costumes.

The front of this swimsuit is fully lined and the fabric offers UV 50+Protection whilst also being sun cream and oil resistant, so this really ticks all the boxes when looking for the best swimsuits for wild swimming. To see other high neck swimwear, take a look at this post.

Iris Longer Length Swimsuit – Black and Lake

Best Swimsuit For Wild Swimming

Our lovely Iris Longer Length Swimsuit in Black and Lake is a smart choice for wild swimmers. This swimsuit costume has a low leg cut and a mid-U back which our customers find flattering and comfortable. The swimsuit will stay put during more vigorous swims as the straps are wide and adjustable, so you can achieve the perfect fit.

This is another of our swimsuits which offer chlorine resistance, ideal for providing colour-fast protection for this gorgeous design. The lake-coloured swish across the front has been designed to be flattering for the wearer and when you consider this swimsuit has light tummy control, you’ll feel supported and body confident when wearing this.

Abstract Kneesuit - Celestial

Best Swimsuit For Wild Swimming

This gorgeous kneesuit is one of our fuller coverage suits, which is ideal for wild swimming. Larger ladies who enjoy an outdoor dip will be pleased to know that this design is available in an extended plus-size range. The Abstract Kneesuit in Celestial is available in sizes up to a UK size 24.

This kneesuit offers in-build legs for extra coverage, a shelf bra, bust lining and light all-over tummy control. Features that will be welcomed by any wild swimmer. This swimsuit is also chlorine-proof, which will provide your swimwear fabric extra protection against the elements.

It's important to look around and compare when shopping for the best swimsuit for wild swimming. You’ll need to consider the style you are looking for, functionality, and durability. In our experience, prioritising features such as quick-drying materials and a comfortable fit will ensure your swimsuit meets the demands of outdoor swimming. Whether you're exploring pristine lakes, trying to achieve your longest ocean swim, wondering whether you can swim in the Baltic Sea or navigating coastal waters, a well-chosen swimsuit will enhance your wild swimming experience and keep you comfortable and confident in the water.