Monthly Archives: May 2016

  1. Miss Zoggy Trainer Seat Shortlisted in the Best Baby Toddler Gear Awards 2016
    Miss Zoggy Trainer Seat Shortlisted in the Best Baby Toddler Gear Awards 2016

    Miss Zoggy Trainer Seat Shortlisted in the Best Baby Toddler Gear Awards 2016

    bbtg_slistZoggs are delighted to have been shortlisted yet again for this year's prestigious 'Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards'!

    The popular product that has been shortlisted for this outstanding award within the Swim Safety category is the Miss Zoggy Trainer Seat - an ideal learn to swim aid for getting little ones used to the feel of water.

    Zoggs Trainer Seats are hugely popular with parents across the UK who have babies and toddlers starting to swim.  The product is noted for its excellent safety features whilst being comfortable, bright and visible, easy to pack for holidays - and also affordable.

    With 4 separate air chambers for safety, Zoggs Trainer Seats are made from durable Vylux™ which is not easily torn on punctured, so parents and little ones can enjoy the water in complete confidence. Zoggs Trainer Seats are available in two sizes: 3-12 months and 12-18 months, and are perfect for introducing children to water.

    The next stage...

    The awards organisers are now moving onto the consumer testing phase, during which members of the public will trial the nominated products and judge the ultimate winners for themselves. The team at Zoggs are keeping their fingers and fins firmly crossed for lots of votes!

    How to vote...

    To vote for Zoggs visit www.mumii.co.uk
    By registering with Mumii you will have access to fantastic competitions, articles, reviews and can chat with other parents for great tips and advice.

    By voting with Mumii you can have your say and let the awards organisers know which products you really rate and value. The public vote will also determine the winner of the Consumer Choice award, which was won by our Swimfree Floatsuit in 2015! The Consumer Choice award will run alongside the gold, silver and bronze awards that are judged by the awards panel and the product testers.

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  2. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Training to Swim Non-Stop Around the Isle of Wight
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Training to Swim Non-Stop Around the Isle of Wight

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Training to Swim Non-Stop Around the Isle of Wight

    Scott Dawson shares his story on the lead up to his non-stop swim around the Isle of Wight, taking on an 11 mile open water training swim from Ryde to Cowes and back.

    This is why we train!

    During my working week, I had to go to Cowes on the Isle of Wight for a meeting. As I crossed the Solent on the Red Funnel ferry, the shear enormity of what I have taken on seemed to literally wash over me. At one point, I could see Ryde from one window, and the Hurst Narrows (if I squinted) out of the other.IMG_1455

    It is a long way, the Solent and I will admit that seeing it from this angle did make me feel a tad nervous. I actually smiled to myself. At that point I knew that just planning to swim that relatively small bit from Ryde to Hurst that coming weekend would mean that I have come a long way to achieving my goal.

    A lot of work has gone in over the winter months, with distances being increased in the pool and nutrition tweaked, as I try to maintain my weight. With the help of my wife Polly, and all of the trusty volunteers, I felt ready to do my first big open water swim of the year - 15 miles.

    The problem was, we were not going to make it to the Needles as planned. Mother Nature reminded us who's boss, and we changed our plan accordingly. We decided that I would still start from Ryde, with the aim to swim to Cowes and back. This is around 11 miles, but with the weather conditions we had, it may be harder for the first half of the swim, as the wind would be directly ahead of us.

    As I stepped into the RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) on Saturday Morning, the time was 05:50 am and the car said it was 2.5°C outside. I even slipped on ice getting into the boat! "It's a bit chilly" said Steve Roberts, one of my Kayakers, with a wry smile on his face. I was the lucky one. I had my Zoggs wetsuit to keep me warm, he on the other hand was going to have to sit in a kayak pretty much waist deep in water and in the cold North Westerly wind.

    The reality for me is the water temperature was about 12°c – relatively warm compared to just 5-6 weeks ago, when it was just 9°c. So although it takes a few minutes to get used to it, once I am in, and my Zoggs suit had trapped the water for me to warm up, it is not too bad, so off we went.IMG_1460

    It was 06:35 am, cold and it was tough to get going, as there was more wind than forecast, and swimming directly upwind and into the Solent chop is hard work, and not easy to settle into a rhythm.

    I did, however, just keep my head down, and kept swimming. After 30 minutes Steve signalled for me to stop, and handed me my bottle. Drinking isn’t really the challenge in open water, as I have done this plenty of times before, but eating on the other hand is a skill I am yet to master. Facing the waves guaranteed a soggy energy bar, but turning away from the waves meant I couldn't see them coming, and it was a 50/50 whether I got a nice mouthful of bar or a salty drink!

    Time to go again and we repeated this exercise a further 5 times until we were close to Cowes. With the amount of wind against us, it took a lot longer to get to the Norris buoy, and we stopped 200 metres short as the tide had started to turn and I was making no more headway. Swimming against the tide will happen on the main swim, but not at this point, and the plan will be to be out of the tide in the shallow water when it turns, and not trying to swim against it in 30 meters of depth.

    I got into the medical support boat so I could be checked out (all fine), and we all grouped together to see if there were any obvious observations, that we may want to change for the trip back.

    After 20 mins or so, I got back into the water, and as the tide was now flowing back to East, and the breeze was blowing the same way, the waves dropped off and it took 1 hour less to get back to the start. It was so much easier to get into a rhythm, and the time went by so quickly. The sun came out, and my wife and children turned up on another support boat. The messages got to me that my children Alfie and Matilda were shouting "go Daddy", which really pushed me on. I even managed to increase the pace for the last half mile.

    As far as training swims go, as a team I think we were all fairly happy with how the morning/day panned out. We started when and where we wanted to, on time and with everything happening as planned. What we could control we did, but as ever the weather reminded us, we are at her mercy, and we learnt a lot about surface currents, but we will learn how to use this to our advantage.

    We will have another training swim planned for the end of May, and the aim is to do one big one every month, with at least one night swim planned for July.

    I would like to thank all the support crew, as without them this wouldn't happen. If you would like to support in other ways, you can donate online for Meningitis Now and The Marine Conservation Society.

    You can sponsor Scott by donating here. More information can be found at www.swimiow.com

    Scott is taking on a 60 mile non-stop swim around the Isle of Wight in August 2016 and will be keeping us updated with his training and the swim itself. You can find more on Scott’s training in our Zoggs Swim Diaries.

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  3. Swimming Pool Games to Keep the Kids Entertained on Holiday
    Swimming Pool Games to Keep the Kids Entertained on Holiday

    Swimming Pool Games to Keep the Kids Entertained on Holiday

    TSwimming pool toys for kidsaking the little one’s on holiday this year? Then g

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  4. 5 Fantastic Water Exercises for Seniors
    5 Fantastic Water Exercises for Seniors

    5 Fantastic Water Exercises for Seniors

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    Swimming is widely accepted as a great form of exercise for people of any age, but it has distinct benefits for older adults and with National Senior Health and Fitness Day coming up on 25th May, we decided to put some tips together to help you get the most out of every trip to the pool.
    Here are 5 different low impact ways that you can exercise in the water:   

    Supported Movement

    Water supports your body weight, making it a low impact form of exercise that won’t place undue stress on your bones, joints or muscles.
    The Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) report that it’s particularly effective at delaying and managing the symptoms of rheumatic arthritis which is common amongst seniors. They recommend ten different exercises that you can do in the water including walking, squatting and gentle arm, leg and hip rotations.
    Whenever you’re at the pool, move, flex and work your body in any way that feels comfortable and you’ll soon notice an improvement in your overall flexibility and comfort, in the water and out of it.

    Lane Swims

    As perhaps one of the most popular modes of pool exercise, lane swims give you the opportunity to build strength in the arms and legs, improve cardiovascular health, lose weight and maintain good posture and balance.
    Breaststroke is gentle on the shoulders and knees but if you feel comfortable, try varying your strokes to make your swim more challenging, interesting and beneficial to your physical health. If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to keep up with others don’t worry, the majority of pools cater for different lane speeds so you can go at your own pace.

    Active Classes

    Swimming classes give you the opportunity to socialise and exercise in fun ways while focussing on working different parts of the body.
    Aqua aerobics classes, for example, will give you a great cardio workout which is vital for arterial health. Cardio has been shown to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, angina, type 2 diabetes and strokes. However, with aqua aerobics the impact is reduced as your body weight is supported by the water, therefore it’s ideal for beginners,  those with joint problems and people who are overweight.

    Training Aids

    If you’re already a competent and confident swimmer, then adding training aids into your regime will make

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