Monthly Archives: February 2016

  1. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Day 3 of the Sport Relief #TeamBetter 31 Mile Swim Challenge
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Day 3 of the Sport Relief #TeamBetter 31 Mile Swim Challenge

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Day 3 of the Sport Relief #TeamBetter 31 Mile Swim Challenge

    Day three saw our #TeamBetter swimmers smashing another huge set of swims today, with no less than five miles at five different pools under their belts. Joined by a mayor, the ASA, friends and colleagues, they battled their way through pain, exhaustion and their own state

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  2. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Day 2 of the #TeamBetter Swim for Sport Relief
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Day 2 of the #TeamBetter Swim for Sport Relief

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Day 2 of the #TeamBetter Swim for Sport Relief

    Day 2 of this epic swim challenge is almost complete, and although tired and ready for sleep, Zoggs' team members Ben Hornett and Claire Rowland took a few moments to tell us how they got on with their second day of swimming with #TeamBetter...

     

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  3. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Day 1 of the Sport Relief 2016 #TeamBetter Challenge
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Day 1 of the Sport Relief 2016 #TeamBetter Challenge

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Day 1 of the Sport Relief 2016 #TeamBetter Challenge

    Day One of the Team Better Sport Relief Challenge is finally over. The day saw Zoggs' Ben and Claire swim five miles with Team Better at five different pools across the UK. They travelled by foot, train and plane and took a few moments out to tell us how they're feeling after day one...

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    First we hear from Ben:

    Day 1, 5 miles done!

    Aching shoulders, extremely tired and having lots of fun raising money for Sport Relief!

    We have now completed mile swims in Finchley leisure centre, Greenwich Waterfront, Crystal Palace, London Fields Lido and finally at Avoniel in Belfast. Each one getting a bit more difficult, and taking a bit longer, and wearing out my shoulders a bit more. But what a team to be swimming with, #TeamBetter assembled by GLL, are a fantastic bunch of people, all with swimming backgrounds, wanting to raise money for a good cause....

    I feel privileged to be taking this challenge on - bring on day two, and four more miles!

    ....and now from Claire...

     

     

    Zoggs' Claire with Team GB Athlete Susan Rodgers Zoggs' Claire
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  4. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Preparing for the #TeamBetter Challenge - 31 Miles in 31 Pools
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Preparing for the #TeamBetter Challenge - 31 Miles in 31 Pools

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Preparing for the #TeamBetter Challenge - 31 Miles in 31 Pools

    On 25th February #TeamBetter will be beginning their incredible challenge to IMG-20160224-WA0002swim 31 miles in 31

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  5. Europe's Best Beaches for Swimming: Insider Favourites
    Europe's Best Beaches for Swimming: Insider Favourites

    Europe's Best Beaches for Swimming: Insider Favourites

     

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  6. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Isle of Wight Swim
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Isle of Wight Swim

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Isle of Wight Swim

    Scott Dawson shares his story on the lead up to his non-stop swim around the Isle of Wight

     

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    In August 2016, I will be attempting to swim around the Isle of Wight non-stop and un-aided, a distance of approximately 60 miles to raise money for charity. Before that can happen, I need to spend the next seven months training! As well as a lot of endurance work both in the pool and running on the streets of Southampton, I will complete a number of long open water training swims including along the Solent to the Needles, which is the furthest point to the west of the Isle of Wight. I am going to use the tide, and will leave Ryde Sands on the North East coast of the island at the highest point of the tide to give me the best push towards the Needles.

    The Needles is the most critical point of the main swim, because if I get the timing wrong and arrive too early, I will get swept way past the Needles and too far West before the tide turns to bring me back. Conversely, if I arrive too late, and the tide has turned it will be nigh on impossible to swim against it and get round the lighthouse.

    From the Needles, I will head to the Southern tip of the Island, St Catherines Point, where another lighthouse will be a major landmark and turning point. The aim is to pass this point with the tide flowing with me.

    At some point on the main swim, I will have to swim against the tide for a whole 6 and a half hour cycle. Hopefully I will get to the southwest of the Island, and be somewhere near Ventnor before this happens.iowswim

    Although the swim is un-aided (I cannot touch the seabed, or hold on to anything), I will have a support team with me all the way, some in the water and others in kayaks and on support vessels. Within the rules of the swim I can be given food and drink, but am not allowed to make contact with the person giving it to me. The kayaks are there to guide me so that I do not waste energy by swimming in the wrong direction or have to lift my head or stop too much to correct my course.

    The kayaker and the navigation is really important, as this can ultimately determine whether I swim the most efficient route, or ‘the great circle route’. With the record being set in 1984 at 21 hours and 2 minutes, it would be very difficult for one kayaker to do this, and so I have three, who will rotate. The other kayakers will be able to rest on the support yacht. Also following me will be two high speed Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) acting as safety boats, and having two allows for some redundancy, should there be an emergency.

    Both RIBs and the yacht will have qualified and competent skippers, and there will be two medics on board at all times. In total there will be about fifteen people in the team. This may sound like overkill, but if important decisions are to be made about safety, I do not want over tired people making them.

    Having already crossed the Solent in September 2015, I already appreciate that this is a big challenge, and I am under no illusion that this will take a lot of hardDSCN0613 work in terms of planning and preparation, the physical aspect of this challenge is enormous.

    Training since making this decision and, more significantly going public, has been going really well, but juggling family, work and training means being organised, which is easier said than done when you have two young children and a full time job. It has to be said that I am really lucky to have a very understanding wife who is incredibly organised, and I am sure this would have never gotten off the ground if it was left just to me. It is my family that helps when training is hard and thoughts of “why am I doing this?” enter my head. But then I remember that it is not just me making the sacrifices. It has a huge impact on other people close to me. This definitely drives me on, and gives me that will to succeed.

     

    You can follow Scott on his training journey through Zoggs Swim Diaries and if you'd like to sponsor his monstrous swimming efforts, you can do so on his fundraising page. He will be raising funds for Meningitis Now and the Marine Conservation Society.

     

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  7. The Best Toddler and Baby Swimwear for Spring
    The Best Toddler and Baby Swimwear for Spring

    The Best Toddler and Baby Swimwear for Spring

    Baby Swimwear

    Whether you’re planning a beach holiday overseas o

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  8. The Flattering Plus Size Swimwear Guide for Spring 2016
    The Flattering Plus Size Swimwear Guide for Spring 2016

    The Flattering Plus Size Swimwear Guide for Spring 2016

    Long gone are the days when plus size swimwear was boring and bland. Here at Zoggs, we know every woman wants to feel confident in and around the pool, and so we’ve created an exclusive swimwear range t

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  9. Zoggs Joins #TeamBetter to Swim 31 Miles in 31 Pools for Sport Relief
    Zoggs Joins #TeamBetter to Swim 31 Miles in 31 Pools for Sport Relief

    Zoggs Joins #TeamBetter to Swim 31 Miles in 31 Pools for Sport Relief

    Sport Relief is back, with thousands of Brits already signed up to swim, cycle, run or walk at fantastic events across the UK from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2016 in the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games. If you're thinking of getting involved then you can find an event near you here.Swimming-Image-570x340

    This year, our friends at GLL (Greenwich Leisure Limited) have put together a team of 13 of their staff and partners to swim an incredible 31 miles in 6 days across 31 of their swimming pools. The team includes two members of the Zoggs team who will be sure to share their journey with you. Claire Rowland (UK Retail Key Account Manager) and Ben Hornett (International Marketing Manager) will be swimming all 31 miles across the 31 pools as part of the GLL Better Team!

    The tour will start in London on 25th February and the team will be travelling across the UK by plane, bus and tube to reach their 31 swimming locations. Their days will consist of swimming 4-6 miles each day with up to 8 hours of travelling daily between each of the 31 swimming pools - a whopping schedule of up to 12 hours per day! Nonetheless, the team are all kitted out with their Zoggs gear and raring to go!

     

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    On their first day the team will be covering 4 mile long swims across 4 London swimming pools before flying over to Belfast for their final plunge of the day. On day 2 they will be travelling from Belfast to Carlisle and will be greeted by their new home for the next 3 days - a tour bus! They will begin working their way down south to finish off the day with a late night swim in Manchester. On day 3 the team will continue their route down south towards Rugby, where the first of the day's 5 swims will take place. Day 4 the team will head south west for another 5 swims before making their way back towards london on day 5. On day 6 the GLL Better Team will be ending their tour back in London, with their final swim taking place in the iconic London Aquatics Centre.

    Why not keep an eye out for the GLL Better Team at your local pool and cheer them on! You can view their full schedule with times and locations here.

    Ben and Claire will be posting updates on their challenge in the Zoggs Swim Diaries so be sure to keep an eye out for more news on this incredible event.

    Sport Relief is a fantastic cause, helping vulnerable people in the world's poorest countries and here in the UK too. We want to wish the best of luck to the whole of the GLL Better Team! You can boost their motivation during this gruelling 6 day challenge by sponsoring them here. Go #TeamBetter!

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  10. How to Get Your Child Swimming Confidently This Half Term
    How to Get Your Child Swimming Confidently This Half Term

    How to Get Your Child Swimming Confidently This Half Term

    The half term is rapidly approaching and if you’re thinking about the activities you and your child can enjoy together, make sure you include swimming! With pools across the country offering a variety of indoor water activities, there’s plenty of fun to be had in any weather and you can boost your child’s swimming confidence with these 5 simple tips:

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    1. Take it Slow

    Planning a fun, action-packed trip to the pool is great but as a parent, you’ll know that the outing you imagine vs. the reality of it can be two different things. The swimming pool presents new parenting challenges however, it’s important not to rush things. A child’s water confidence can vary largely so be sure to go at the right pace for your child.

    2. Support Independence with Swimming Aids

    Water confidence comes with experience and although your child may still need you within arm’s reach, you can encourage them to become independent at the pool with swimming aids. We provide a range of swimming aids for kids including arm bands and floatsuits that promote buoyancy as well as inflatable noodles or kickboards that help them let go of a parent’s hand and master those all-important basic strokes on their own.

    3. Make it Fun

    Swimming pools can be daunting

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