Monthly Archives: October 2015

  1. The 5 Best Swimming Aids for Toddlers
    The 5 Best Swimming Aids for Toddlers

    The 5 Best Swimming Aids for Toddlers

    The Zoggs range of swimming aids for toddlers has been specially developed to include bright colours and popular characters that help little ones feel excited about swimming, as well as plenty of safety features that help them feel safe and secure once they’re in the water.

    Here are just 5 of our favourite swimming aids for toddlers from our range:award

    Swimfree Floatsuit

    Recently awarded consumer choice in the Swim Safety category in the Best Baby & Toddler Gear Awards 2015, the popular Swimfree floatsuit allows you to lessen the amount of buoyancy as your child gains confidence in the water.

    The Swimfree Floatsuit is also perfect for long days in the pool and on the beach as it's made with UPF50+ fabric - the highest level of sun protection found in the clothing. Suitable for ages 1-2 years (11-15kg) and 2-3 years (15-18kg).

    Zoggy Swim Bandsmiss_zoggy_swim_bands_2015

    Designed for little ones aged 1 to 6 years old, these armbands feature Easy
    Inflate valves that help you blow them up quickly (toddlers have little patience for these things!), and provide a snug, stable fit around the upper arm to help your child feel safe, secure and buoyant in the water.

    Boys and Girls Swim Jackets

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  2. Parents’ Guide: Tips for Putting a Swim Cap on Your Child, Fuss-free!
    Parents’ Guide: Tips for Putting a Swim Cap on Your Child, Fuss-free!

    Parents’ Guide: Tips for Putting a Swim Cap on Your Child, Fuss-free!

    When your little one is desperate to get in the pool and start having fun – it can be pretty difficult to try and wriggle them into a swim cap! The following tips will help to make the whole experience as fuss-free as possible.

    Zoggs Swimcap

    Fuss-free tips for putting on a child’s swim cap

    Our range of junior swim caps are made of durable and stretchy silicone and are designed to comfortably grip the head and stay in place. However, this necessary grip can make it tricky to get a cap on dry hair, so…

    • Make it easy by getting your child’s hair wet in the pool showers or the water itself, or if it’s prone to tangling, comb a little conditioner through it first. If your child has long hair, avoid the temptation to tie it up; hairbands can cause tension on the scalp and be uncomfortable so leave it loose.

    • With your fingers laced loosely together, put your hands into the cap with the seam aligned over your knuckles and gently stretch it outwards.

    • Ask your child to stand in front of you, facing away and if they have long hair, ask them to hold it in a loose bundle at the back of their head.

    • Now simply lower the cap over their head. When your little fingers feel their eyebrows, the cap is low enough at the front. Gently slide your hands down over the scalp and out of the hat.

    • Because every Zoggs swim cap is made from stretchy material, you will now be able to comfortably slide your fingers underneath to tuck in any remaining loose hairs and adjust the position on the forehead and around the ears for maximum comfort.

    • To take the swim cap off, simply hook your fingers underneath the front seam, stretch away from the scalp and lift. Easy!

    Does my child really need a swimming cap?

    If your child has long hair, a swim cap will help to keep it out of their eyes and even if it’s short, can help to prevent the damaging, drying, tangling effects of chlorine, salt or the sun.

    Swim caps also prevent the rubber straps of goggles snagging or pulling on hair of any length and help them to stay in place to protect children’s eyes no matter how much jumping, splashing or diving they do.

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  3. Zoggs Technique Tips: Perfecting your Backstroke
    Zoggs Technique Tips: Perfecting your Backstroke

    Zoggs Technique Tips: Perfecting your Backstroke

    On holiday, backstroke gives you the opportunity to enjoy blue skies or even stars overhead, and in a pool, the chance to vary your workout. But the stroke is not without its difficulties, not least because the majority of us are asymmetric, making even swimming in a straight line somewhat challenging!

    The following technique tips for perfecting your backstroke will help you learn how to master the stroke and enjoy your swims, anywhere:

    zoggs technique backstroke

    Position in the water

    Your face should be above the water with your body close to the surface. To achieve this, keep your neck relaxed and your eyes looking toward the sky or ceiling. Push your tummy up toward the surface, engage your core and keep your body straight.

    This helps to streamline your body shape so you can move smoothly through the water. If you need to practice holding your body in this position, try using a kickboard until you feel comfortable or Zoggs training Finz to strengthen your legs and your kick.

    Once you’ve adopted the right posture and position in the water, it’s time to focus on controlling your arm and leg movements and the rhythm of your strokes and breathing.

    Movement

    Your arms are the driving force in this stroke so begin slowly to get a feel for the correct position.

    Your arms should be straight and parallel with your body and be led by your thumb as they come up out of the water. Once the arm is level with your shoulder, rotate your hand outwards so that the little finger is the first to cut back into the water at shoulder-width above your head. This will cause both your upper body and your hips to rotate slightly from left to right as you swim.

    Keep your fingers relaxed but held together with your palm flat and open. This makes your hands work like paddles that will catch the water and propel you forward. The most common mistake that is made in backstroke is that swimmers will pull their arm down in a wide sweeping arc, either und

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  4. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Jane's Aspire Channel Swim
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Jane's Aspire Channel Swim

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Jane's Aspire Channel Swim

     Jane Hatwell shares her story on completing the Aspire Channel Swim in 22 days (that’s one mile a day!) whilst battling Ulcerative Colitis.

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: I'm 44 years of age and am battling Ulcerative Colitis/Crohns (

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  5. The Fascinating History of Swimming Goggles!
    The Fascinating History of Swimming Goggles!

    The Fascinating History of Swimming Goggles!

    We’ve been developing goggles at Zoggs for more than twenty years and although we’ve been a pioneer of eyewear for swimmers and introduced a number of world firsts, we didn't actually invent goggles. Believe it

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  6. Zoggs Swimfree Floatsuit: Best Baby Toddler Gear Consumer Choice Award Winner
    Zoggs Swimfree Floatsuit: Best Baby Toddler Gear Consumer Choice Award Winner

    Zoggs Swimfree Floatsuit: Best Baby Toddler Gear Consumer Choice Award Winner

    We are thrilled to announce that our Zoggy/Miss Zoggy Swimfree Floatsuit has won the Best Baby Toddler Gear Awards Consumer Choice Award! Not only was the Zoggs Swimfree Floatsuit awarded this incredibly

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