Monthly Archives: July 2016

  1. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A – Part Three
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A – Part Three

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A – Part Three

    Deborah Herridge is training to swim the English Channel in the summer of 2017. She's been sharing her journey with us in our Zoggs Swim Diaries. With this momentous challenge ahead, Deborah's friends and family have been asking her all about the swim. She shares with us some answers to questions that have been asked around her training and the swim itself.

    When people say things like "it must be so boring" or "what can you possibly think about for all that time", how do you react and do questions like that make you feel?

    I don't mind at all, I enjoy people asking about the swims. Up until a few years ago I would have probably asked the same questions. I've never gotten bored, longest swims so far have been a training swim of 5 hours 20 and the two-way Solent swim of 7 hours 18. I've never once got bored, I think of all sorts of things, I sing songs, reminisce, think about my stroke, see if I can spot any wildlife, or sometimes don't think at all, a kind of meditation I suppose.

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  2. Take Control Ladies: Tummy Control Swimwear for Summer
    Take Control Ladies: Tummy Control Swimwear for Summer

    Take Control Ladies: Tummy Control Swimwear for Summer

    Take control: Ladies tummy control swimwear for summerFor some time now,

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  3. Summer Holiday Essentials Checklist
    Summer Holiday Essentials Checklist

    Summer Holiday Essentials Checklist

    Summer Holiday Essentials and swimming bagsThe very best way to get your family summer holiday off to the perfect start is to make sure you have everything you need to splash down on arrival at your destination.
    Here's your essential checklist for the ultimate summer holiday around the pool this summer:

    1. Swimwear

    At Zoggs, we believe that swimwear is about much more than simply having something to swim in; aside from being practical it should be comfortable, stylish, flattering, supportive and give you the confidence to just forget about what you’re wearing and enjoy yourself.
    That’s why we’ve taken great care to put together a selection of swimwear for men, women and children which ensures that everyone can find the right supports, coverage and fit for their body shape and personal preferences.
    Zoggs swimwear is ideal for swimming in any kind of waters but don’t forget to pack beachwear for the time between dips. Lightweight t-shirts, kaftans and sarongs will keep you cool and comfortable while sandals and flip-flops will protect your feet from spiky beach shells or hot poolside tiles.

    2. Towel

    A large, absorbent towel is essential for drying off after a dip but it’s handy to have a dry, sand-free spare that you can use to bathe on or wrap up in once the day begins to cool.  

    3. Sun Protection

    Enjoying your swim time is only possible if you take care to protect yourself from the sun.
    A high factor, waterproof sun cream will protect the whole family’s skin from sunburn and harmful UV rays, but you’ll also need sunglasses and sunhats to protect your eyes out of the water and swimming goggles to maximise visibility and reduce glare in it.  

    4. Entertainment

    To while away the hours between swims, pack a bucket and spade or some books for maximum fun. Take some beach and pool toys that will keep the whole family entertained.
    You’ll find a variety of toys suited to children and adults of all swimming ability and ages in our pool toys and equipment ranges, including everything from Peppa Pig and Finding Dory squirt toys to flippers and snorkel sets.

    5. Safety First

    Fun swims are safe swims so remember to pack buoyancy aids appropriate to the age and ability of everyone in the family. You’ll find a selection of arm bands, swim jackets, inflatable rings and kickboards in our range.

    6. Swimming Bag

    Whether you plan on taking just a few paces from your room to the pool or a long drive out to the beautiful beaches in the region you’re holidaying in, you’ll need a swimming bag to stow your all your essentials and accessories in.
    In our range, you’ll find a selection of bags for adults and children that include plenty of pockets and compartments so you can keep everything organised and secure.

    Useful Extras

    These items aren’t essential but they can help your swim time go smoothly:

    • Waterproof bags for phone, camera and money
    • Hairbands to keep hair out of the way  
    • A luggage tag in your beach bag in case you get separated from your belongings
    • Wet wipes and tissues
    • Small first-aid kit with plasters, prescription medicines, painkillers and upset tummy remedies
    • Carrier bag for rubbish
    • Bottled water for drinking or rinsing sand off of hands and faces
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  4. Caribbean-Style Beaches, Courtesy of Corsica
    Caribbean-Style Beaches, Courtesy of Corsica

    Caribbean-Style Beaches, Courtesy of Corsica

    For those who have tackled – or even contemplated – a long-haul flight with little ones in tow, you'll know it takes stamina! This is where Corsica's beautiful south comes into its own. Its family-friendly (but elegantly grown-up) beaches come with everything you need for a classic seaside holiday – all less than three hours from the UK.

    Santa Giulia

    Young families in particular love it here. The sand is white and fine; the calm, clear, lagoon-like waters perfect for paddling and a variety of restaurants, cafés and bars keep everyone well fed and watered. You'll find sun loungers and parasols for hire and watersports for older children or anyone not on parent duty (although there is a lifeguard in high season for extra peace of mind).

    Footnotes: In August, beach life gets considerably livelier with the Porto Vecchio Music Festival.

    Santa Giulia

    Palombaggia

    Pine trees for shade, soft sand for play and clear, shallow waters make this another top spot for young children. However, for style-conscious grown-ups, the most famous beach on Corsica is also the place to be seen, with beach clubs, restaurants, waiters bringing drinks out to your sun lounger and on-beach massages and manicures. Asciaghju (or 'Acciaju'), the western-most cove, is the quietest or, in busier seasons, visitors spill over onto Tamaricciu Beach, just across the lagoon.

    Footnotes: Come evening, sit and listen to live music, Corsican style, in one of the restaurants along the sea front serving up excellent seafood.

    Palombaggia beach

    Tamaricciu Beach

    Oozing St-Tropez glamour, this sandy beach features wooden decks from which the jet set (or those who like to see them) watch the turquoise surf and chic waterfront restaurants serve grilled fish with far more than your average beachside flair. If you don't have your own, you can hire snorkelling equipment and there are watersports too.

    Footnotes: These sands, like those of neighbouring Palombaggia, can get crowded, so it's worth arriving early to reserve your spot.

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    St. Cyprien

    In the stunning image of Santa Giulia, with the same eye-catching colour palette of turquoise waters and white sand, this 3km stretch of white sand comes with the pleasure of chic beach bars, small boutiques, a dive school and watersport facilities tucked behind the rocks of this crescent-shaped bay. There's a good choice of restaurants too, which have adopted a particularly hip and funky approach and serve up plenty of fresh seafood, as well as hiring out sun loungers and parasols.

    Footnotes: For very little children, there's plenty of natural shade from the pine trees fringing the sand.

    St Cyprien

    Pinarello

    Generous shallows and over a kilometre of fine, soft, white sand make this a sure-fire recipe for a relaxing day by the sea. A secret gem of a bay, laid-back Pinarello also comes with watersports, including windsurfing, and sea clear enough for a satisfying snorkelling session. There's also a selection of good restaurants (some more formal) for dining and lovely shady spots under the pine trees for a post-lunch siesta.

    Footnotes: Park for free near the southern beachside restaurants or along the coast road under the trees.

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  5. News: Disney Launch Finding Dory Swim Sessions
    News: Disney Launch Finding Dory Swim Sessions

    News: Disney Launch Finding Dory Swim Sessions

    On the 29th July the most anticipated Disney film of the year will be released… Finding Dory! To compliment the release of the film Disney have joined forces with Change4Life and the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) to create a fun filled summer of activities to g

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  6. Zoggs Sponsors the GoSplash Zone at GoFest 2016
    Zoggs Sponsors the GoSplash Zone at GoFest 2016

    Zoggs Sponsors the GoSplash Zone at GoFest 2016

    Two Days, Over 40 Sports, it could only be one thing… GoFest is back on the 13th and 14th August 2016.
    We're really excited to be the GoSplash sponsors at this year's GoFest 2016. Throughout the event we will be sharing our l

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  7. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part Two
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part Two

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part Two

    Deborah Herridge is training to swim the English Channel in the summer of 2017. You may have already read about her training or her other Q&A's here. With such an incredible challenge ahead, Deborah's friends and family have been asking all about the swim. She continues to share with us some answers to the questions they've been asking.

    Why swim it when you can take a ferry? Or as some people put it "just why?"!

    Good point. It would be quicker, cheaper, less painful and not so cold, but the swim a good way to raise funds for charity. It’s also a life changing challenge; the training, the big day itself, I'm not sure there is anything quite like it. I love long distance swimming, and it seemed like the next step up after previously swimming 14 miles. Some may say I could have stopped there, but I do love a good challenge. This quote I saw says it all:

    "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined".dh-blog3

    I would add to that "and work hard for it, h

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  8. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part One
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part One

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part One

    Deborah Herridge is training to swim the English Channel in the summer of 2017. You may have already read about her training here. With such an incredible challenge ahead, Deborah's friends and family have been asking all about the swim. She shares with us some answers to questions that have been sent her way.

    How do you feel about the impending swim?

    On the whole I feel positive. I'm looking forward to the whole experience including the training over the next year. I think it will become a very memorable experience. But there are some nights when I wake up in the middle of the night and think "Oh my, what have I done!"dh-blog

    When did you decide to do it?

    After my one-way 7 mile Solent swim in July 2014.

    What does your training involve?

    Mostly swimming, but I also do some dry land training and rest is also a big part of it.

    During the winter it is mainly in the pool, shorter distances between 2k – 5k working on speed and technique, and also short s

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