Monthly Archives: August 2016

  1. Ryan Crouch on Joining Team GB in the 2016 Paralympic Games
    Ryan Crouch on Joining Team GB in the 2016 Paralympic Games

    Ryan Crouch on Joining Team GB in the 2016 Paralympic Games

    Ryan Crouch is an S9 swimmer with Cerebral Palsy, and at the age of 22 years-old, he is on his way to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. We caught up with Ryan in the lead up to the games...

    On the 23rd April 2016 my dreams finally came true. After 11 years of tough training, health setbacks, and no major breakthrough, I found myself punching the air at the end of the lane after achieving the Rio 2016 Paralympic Qualifying Standard on the S9 50m Freestyle. Two days later, I was lucky enough to receive a letter from Chris Furber (NPD) to congratulate me on being selected for this years Paralympics!

    Due to health setbacks in December 2014, I had quit the sport for a few months. When I returned to the sport I adore, I decided to coach myself and see where it would lead. My occupation of being a swim coach aided IMG_0575my progress. It was not easy, but I had fun challenging myself!

    Since first finding the qualifying standard I would need to achieve at Para Swimming Trials in Glasgow (April 2016), I knew it was going to be a race against time! My personal best time in November 2015 for my 50m Freestyle was 27.50s. The qualification standard for Rio was 26.49s. A significant difference over just 1 length of an Olympic-sized pool. However, I always believed, and never lost hope. In the heats of 50m Freestyle, I swam a time of 26.37s, briefly taking the British Record and achieving the Paralympic goal.

    Since selection, I have always had the thought of just being able to turn up and compete in Rio. However, that is not how I work! I have been working very hard, taking gambles in the pool and gym, creating the 100% package to ensure that I do not just make up the numbers in Rio! I want to perform to the best of my ability for myself, my family, ParalympicsGB, and to inspire the children that I coach in swimming.

    Going into the Rio Paralympic Games, I am feeling pure excitement and no nerves as yet! Although I'm aware that it's natural for self-anticipation and nerves to grow the nearer I get to race day!

    The overall feeling heading into the games is determination to improve on the big stage. Of course I am so proud to be representing ParalympicsGB, but whilst I can still have an impact on results in Rio, I am striving to move forward.

    Ryan will compete in the S9 100m Freestyle on the 12th September, and the 50m Freestyle on the 13th. Want to show your support? You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter!

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  2. New Chlorine Proof Performance Swimwear for Women
    New Chlorine Proof Performance Swimwear for Women

    New Chlorine Proof Performance Swimwear for Women

    Our Aqualast™ swimwear is built to last! We are so confident in the quality,
    durability and reliability of our Aqualast™ fabric that it's the world's first and only swimwear fabric to come with a lifetime guarantee! We've selected some of our top picks from our latest range of women's 100% chlorine proof Aqualast™ swimwear.

    Geo Chrome Aquaback1055162_Digital-Geo-Chrome-Aquaback

    • Fully front lined for support and modesty
    • Adjustable crossover straps for a customised fit
    • Open back gives enhanced flexibility
    • Resistant to snagging
    • Ideal for everyday training
    • Digitally printed for excellent detail
    • High leg height for enhanced freedom of movement
    • 100% chlorine proof fabric
    • Lifetime guarantee
    • Exceptional colour and shape retention
    • Available in UK sizes 6-16
    • Shop our Geo Chrome Aquaback

    Echo Actionback1556162_Echo-Actionback

    • Thick supportive straps
    • Shelf bra for light support and modesty
    • Excellent colour and shape retention
    • Back panel provides a supportive and hydro-dynamic fit
    • Medium leg height
    • Open back provides enhanced freedom of movement
    • Placement print creates flattering empire line
    • Contrasting back panel
    • 100% chlorine proof fabric
    • Lifetime guarantee
    • Available in UK sizes 8-18
    • Shop our Echo Actionback

    Tuncurry Hi Neck1474161_Tuncurry-Hi-Neck

    • High leg height to eliminate chaffing
    • Thick supportive straps
    • Zip back for added coverage and a hydro-dynamic fit
    • Bold orange collar and zip
    • Quick drying
    • Ideal for everyday training
    • Exceptional colour and shape retention
    • 100% chlorine proof fabric
    • Lifetime guarantee
    • Provides added coverage on the bust
    • Available in UK sizes 8-18
    • Shop our Tuncurry Hi Neck

    Asteroid Strikeback1097161_Asteroid-Strikeback

    • Flattering front panel enhances the waist
    • Open back offers enhanced freedom of movement
    • Slim straps help to eliminate chaffing
    • Quick drying
    • Exceptional colour and shape retention
    • Medium leg height
    • Resistant to snagging
    • Classic scoop neckline
    • 100% chlorine proof fabric
    • Lifetime guarantee
    • Available in UK sizes 8-18
    • Shop our Asteroid Strikeback

    Our Aqualast™ swimwear is available for men, women and juniors for phenomenal performance whether you're swimming competitively or splashing about on holiday.

    View our full range of 100% chlorine proof Aqualast™ swimwear here.

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  3. Back to School: Top Goggles for Swimming Lessons
    Back to School: Top Goggles for Swimming Lessons

    Back to School: Top Goggles for Swimming Lessons

    Swimming goggles are an essential piece of equipment for all children learning to swim or who just want to have fun in the water. When children are learning to swim, it is important that they feel as relaxed as possible. Being able to see clearly underwater will give your child confidence, and allow them to stay in the water for longer.

    To ensure kids can make the most out of their swimming lessons, it’s important they have a comfortable and leak-free pair of goggles. Our range of children’s swimming goggles feature a variety of designs to ensure children find the perfect fit for them, but finding the right fit for kids isn’t always easy. Be sure to check out our goggle fitting guide for some top tips on finding the right pair.

    We’ve selected some of our favourite children’s goggles just in time for back to school.

    Predator Junior Swimming Goggles304869_predjnr_bluegreen_2015

    • Designed for children aged 6-14 years-old
    • Maximum UV protection
    • Fogbuster™ anti-fog lenses for exceptional moisture control
    • Unique Bio-Tech frame technology offers superb durability
    • Soft silicone gaskets provide enhanced comfort
    • Curved Lens Technology offers 180 degree peripheral vision
    • Blue tinted lenses offer medium protection against the sun and bright indoor light
    • Dual band strap reduces pressure around the eyes
    • Available in 3 colours – shop our Predator
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  4. Zoggs Tips: Introducing Your Baby to the Swimming Pool
    Zoggs Tips: Introducing Your Baby to the Swimming Pool

    Zoggs Tips: Introducing Your Baby to the Swimming Pool

    Swimming is a fantastic bonding activity for parents and their babies, but when is the right time to introduce little ones to the pool? We tackle some of the most common questions:

    How old should my baby be before their first swim?

    You won’t need to wait for your baby to be immunised before taking them to the pool; the chlorine in the water will kill off any germs. Most baby swimming classes will accept newborns from 4-6 weeks of age, and will take place in smaller pools for safety. However, it’s advisable for new mums to wait at least six weeks after labour before going swimming. Your body will need time to recover from labour, and although swimming is a great form of exercise, there is a slight risk of infection for new mothers.
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    If you plan on using a large public swimming pool then you should wait until your baby is six months old as the water will be too cold for them; an ideal water temperature is 32°C. If you have any concerns, ask your health visitor or GP for some advice.

    What can I do to help my baby feel comfortable in a swimming pool?

    Making your baby feel comfortable in the water is the most important step. The noise, smell and feel of the water will provide new sensory experiences for your little one. These may cause them to become distressed during their first swim, so it is important to stay calm and focus on building a relationship between you, your child and the water. Holding you baby close will help to relax them as well as boost your confidence in their safety.

    What are the benefits of swimming for babies?

    Submersion in water help babies develop their motor skills as well as muscle control and strength, giving them the support and freedom they need to practice kicking and wriggling in the water.
    As they gain confidence, they will begin to learn basic swimming techniques. Swimming with your baby can also be a fantastic way to meet other parents and little ones they can play with.

    Other than baby swimwear, what else do I need?Zoggs_2015_03_04_3312ow

    You should consider taking the following:

    • Towel
    • Changing Mat
    • Drinks and Snacks
    • Favourite toy or blanket
    • Swim Nappies
      Most pools insist that babies wear swim nappies, they’re not waterproof but when paired with our Swim Sure Nappies they should contain any little accidents!
      Most babies will be tired
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  5. New Bust Support Swimwear for Summer
    New Bust Support Swimwear for Summer

    New Bust Support Swimwear for Summer

    At Zoggs, we understand that feeling comfortable and supported in your swimwear can go a long way to ensuring you get the most out of every swim. Our range of ladies swimwear offers a variety of features to flatter,

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  6. Six Best Swimming Pool Toys for Summer 2016
    Six Best Swimming Pool Toys for Summer 2016

    Six Best Swimming Pool Toys for Summer 2016

    Swimming pool toys are a great way of keeping kids entertained in the pool, but they aren't just for fun; here at Zoggs we have developed a fantastic range of pool toys to help develop children's swimming abilities from first splash to confident swimmer. We've put together our

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

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

    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. Deborah has been answering questions from friends and family about the swim. Here we share the last of her answers to questions that have been sent her way around her training and the swim itself.dh-blog5

    What motivates you to go out and train when the weather is horrible?

    I'm quite a motivated and determined person, and thinking of the end goal and the desire to raise another £10k for charity always helps, and my husband Robert, who is also my coach, also helps immensely with motivation. Last year on a windy cold day when I wanted to stay in and keep warm, and not train in the cold choppy sea, Robert said some inspiring words.

    "When you set off from Dover the weather might be nice, and it might be nice when you step onto the beach in France, but it might also be windy and choppy in the middle, and you'll wish you’d trained on choppy and windy days, and then you will remember that you did train on those windy and choppy days, and it will make you smile, and you will be glad you did because it will give you the physical and emotional strength to see it through."

    Why don't you swim the shortest distance of the Channel from point to point?

    We try to, that distance is 21 miles, from Dover to Cap Gris Nez, but the tides push the swimmer sideways in an ‘S’ shape. The tides on the French side are famous for being very strong, so the swimmer may look like they’re about to land at the Cap, but then be swept further down the coast by the tides, resulting in a longer swim.

    Are there "rules" to make it "official" and logged anywhere?

    Yes, channel swims are certified by either the CS&PF or the CSA. There will be an official Observer on the boat who verifies all the rules are being met, no touching the boat or people, clearing the water at either end etc.dh-blog2

    Best bits?

    I’ve chosen three 'best bits'’.

    Training, I love it. I like the feeling of working hard and seeing improvements.

    The feeling of accomplishment in getting across a stretch of water.

    Raising loads of money for charity (£10k for the last swims) and hopefully helping some people on the way.

    Worst bits?

    The nerves I get before a swim event in a group or big solo swim, the nerves mainly affect my stomach, but as soon as I start swimming, they disappear, thankfully.

    Do you become a member of an exclusive club having completed it?dh-blog4

    Yes I guess I do! I would become a Channel Swimmer.

    According to the statistics on www.dover.uk.com, at the time of writing, "1,619 swimmers have completed a total of 2,123 solo swims" although that figure will have increased by the time this is published. Compare that to the 6,871 ascents of Everest by 4,042 people, you can see why it's called the Mount Everest of Swimming.

    What have you learned about yourself?

    I'm mentally tougher than I ever thought I could be, and physically I've surprised myself in the short time I've been swimming properly, started training in the pool in January 2013 for a 4 mile pool swim as part of a 44 mile triathlon, and had my first sea swim in July that year, and then the proper regular training started in the sea in April 2014. I’ve learnt it's possible to turn a fairly unfit person into a fit one.

    What decides the swimming style choice you make, i.e. breaststroke with head above the water, submerged breaststroke, crawl etc?

    The swimmer. They do whatever they feel is their strongest stroke. Not many have done it breast stroke, even fewer butterfly (yes really!), most people swim front crawl. My strongest stroke is front crawl so I’ll be swimming that stroke.

    Deborah will be keeping us updated with her training in our Zoggs Swim Diaries, and you can find her other three Q&A articles here.

    Deborah is swimming the channel for a total of 4 charities, and you can help show your support by sponsoring her via her fundraising page.

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  8. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Swimming 65 Miles of the River Nene
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Swimming 65 Miles of the River Nene

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Swimming 65 Miles of the River Nene

    2016-07-25-PHOTO-00000053Lisa Ryan is training to swim the length of the River Nene for charity, an incredible 65.6 miles over 9 days. Lisa shares with us the latest on her training and what's inspired her to take on the challenge.

    My latest challenge is to swim the River Nene... a kind of David Walliams swim but in my local river.  The plan is to swim 65.6 miles over 9 days, from Northampton to Whittlesey. I am stopping at the Dog in a Doublet where the water becomes tidal. I have completed a channel swim equivalent in the river Nene before, 22 miles in one day which took 16 hours 15 mins.

    Why do this? I am raising money for two projects that I have a close connection with. For the past four years (this being my 5th) I have visited Bulembu, a small town in Swaziland where they have a big orphan care programme. On my first visit I discovered they had a pool where I offered to give swimming lessons and I have done every year since. 2 years ago the pool was refurbished and now any money I raise goes to help fund the swimming project. The second project is swimming lessons for deaf children.

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  9. Swimming Goggles: Your FAQs Answered
    Swimming Goggles: Your FAQs Answered

    Swimming Goggles: Your FAQs Answered

    Swimming goggles play a fantastic part in getting the most out of your swims! Zoggs_2015_03_05_4435ow (1)Here at Zoggs, we understand that whether you're buying goggles for yourself or for the whole family, it can be difficult to know exactly which goggles will best suit your swimming needs. We've been designing and innovating swimming goggles since 1992 and want to ensure each and every swimmer finds the right goggles for them. Here we answer some of your most frequently asked questions:

     

    How do I get a good fit?

    Goggles come in all shapes and sizes with a wide range of benefits to each and every frame. In order to ensure you get the best fit, it's important to remember that the strap is only there to hold the goggles in place, not to make them watertight. If you try to turn a bad fit into a good one simply by tightening the strap, this could cause discomfort and also weaken the strap over time. Before trying your goggles in the water, you should hold them to your face without the strap and check for suction. If even a split second of suction is provided then you have a strong indication of a good fit.

    Key areas to focus on are the bridge of your nose and the corners of your eyes, any rubbing or discomfort in these areas will only become exaggerated once you're swimming. For more information, check out our 3 step guide to goggle fitting.

    Do I need to wear swimming goggles?Zoggs_2015_03_04_3833ow

    Swimming goggles are essential for protecting your eyes from the stinging effects of chlorinated water. When children are building their confidence in water then having swimming goggles is great for encouraging them to put their face underwater without worrying about hurting their eyes.

    Goggles are ideal in bright indoor light or bright outdoor conditions as these can affect your vision and cause eye fatigue. By wearing goggles with darker lenses in these brighter conditions, you are protecting your eyes from glare as well as the effects of chlorine.

    I’ve had an allergic reaction to swimming goggles before, do you have any suitable for me?

    Yes! Our Soft-Seal™ frame is hypo-allergenic and available for adults, juniors and kids. You can view our full range of hypo-allergenic goggles here.

    What do the different coloured lenses mean?

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