We might be past the halfway mark of winter this year, but that doesn’t mean I’m not still feeling the cold. Are you someone who gets affected by the cold, or does the temperature impact your decision to swim or not? You’re not alone!

Fortunately, some awesome brands out there have our back with thermal swimwear. Sounds too good to be true, right? Thermal swimwear is an excellent alternative to a wetsuit for swimmers who either don’t want to spend the money on one, or don’t want the restriction that they can cause.

The details of thermal swimwear vary between brands and style, but you can generally expect long sleeve Lycra items lined with a hydro-fleece for extra warmth and comfort. Most available thermal swimwear can be worn in or out of the water (including salt, fresh or chlorine) and makes for great training attire, with plenty of styles around.

Here are a few of our favourite examples of thermal swimwear available- but let us know, have you ever tried something like this? Would you like us to do a review on any of these products?

Kozii is an Australian-owned swimwear brand that makes thermal swimwear aimed at training in and out of the water during Winter. They have a few cute prints or plain black options for men and women, and they’re pretty affordable!

For something more neutral and performance-focused, check out the FINIS Australia thermal swim shirt. Sleek, unisex and made with a unique BiPoly fabric to help trap in warmth and not restrict movement. It’s a bit more expensive, but worth checking out.

Wetsuit Warehouse also has a bunch of options, ranging from thermal swimwear to individual neoprene (wetsuit) pieces. Each have their pros and cons, but if you’re looking for something even more heavy duty than a thermal top but not as restrictive as a full wetsuit, you could check out neoprene tops or spring-suits.

Let us know if you’ve ever tried any extra-warm swimmers, or if you have any secret tips or tricks for staying warm in winter!