A: Some parts of the lake are more salty than others. Near the marina where the swim takes place, the water is about 3 times saltier than the ocean.
Q: Will I chafe?
A: With as much salt as there is in the water, you will likely chafe (especially on the Antelope to Black Rock swim). You will definitely want to put something on to prevent chaffing. We recommend lanolin and / or vasoline for the 8 mile swim. For the 1-mile swim, you may be ok with something lighter like BodyGlide or TriSlide.
Q: What about salt in my mouth?
A: It's part of the experience! Some Antelope to Black Rock swimmers have mouthwash in their kayak to rinse their mouth occasionally. We will also have mouthwash at the finish line. Many swimmers who swim often at the lake have changed the way they breathe to avoid getting salt in their mouths. Blow out through your nose and take quick breaths through your mouth.
Q: What about the brine shrimp?
A: Brine shrimp are an important part of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem and the local economy. You may see them swimming around or feel them with your hand when you pull. They are very small and are harmless.
Q: Doesn't the lake stink?
A: It depends a lot on the time of the year and where on the lake you are. The strong smell often associated with the Great Salt Lake is concentrated near the shorelines and is stronger in the late summer. Once you are out on the water, there is no smell.
Check out this article and video for more information about the smell.
Q: Aren't there a lot of bugs?
A: This also depends on the time of year and where you are on the lake. The bugs tend to stay near the shoreline and there are more bugs later in the summer. When you are out in the water and away from shore, there aren't many bugs at all.