Learn to breathe on both sides. If you're swimming in open water, and waves come from one side, you'll be glad you can breathe on the other. Look up. When swimming in open water, you'll need to look up every few strokes to make sure you stay on course. Practice this in the pool. Make yourself visible. When swimming in open water, wear a bright swim cap or arm band so that others can see you out there. Spit in your goggles. Saliva will help keep your goggles from fogging up, so spit in them and wash them out before starting your swim. Stay to the outside. If you're swimming in an open water race, you may want to stay on the outside where there are fewer arms flailing about. Wear a wetsuit. If you're swimming in open water, you'll want to wear a wetsuit if the water is below 70 degrees. 10,000 steps per day. Aim to walk 10,000 steps per day. Get a pedometer to measure your steps. It's easier than you think.