What makes Joc #SwimHappy? The friendships, the conversations, escaping the kids and most of all the challenges! This week Joc shares how she challenged herself to conquer the ultimate stroke…Butterfly!
Now I am quite a few months into my swimming lessons I felt it was a good time to sit down and reflect on my journey so far. There were a lot of ups and downs – but ultimately I feel that I am really getting there!
My first hurdle was getting over my own mental block of actually getting into the water, overcoming my past experiences and fear of drowning. As an adult through talking with my instructor I came to the realisation that although my fear was reasonable, to and extent it was irrational! I swim in a pool where I can touch the bottom with my feet the whole way along, supported by a competitive swimming instructor and strong swimmers all around!
This took me a few lessons to get over actually walking from the changing room to poolside without my towel wrapped around me. I soon came to realise that everyone in the pool was there to swim and not judge! Now I walk from the changing room to the pool side - no problem.
My main issue at the beginning of the sessions was putting my face in the water. I could put my face in, but only up to the bottom of my goggles. My instructor had a chat with me and explained with only putting my mouth and nose in – these we the most vital parts to breathe! It was not logical not to put my whole face in!
My biggest success to date was my first swim to the 5 meter pool flags unaided back and front! A few months ago I struggled with the concept of being in a pool, let alone being able to actually swim a few meters confidently!
Whether you’re having a water fight, lilo races or just doing laps together what better way to spend Father’s Day than jumping in with dad! Here at Zoggs we want to treat those swimazing dads with their swim essentials whatever swimmer they are…
For the Triathlon Dad
From pool to sea the tri dad spends a big chunk of his life in the water which is why he needs equipment he can trust! The Zoggs Toggs range adds a splash of colour to his swim, while trusting they will last with the Zoggs Aqualast Lifetime Guarantee. Don’t stop at Jammers, why not pair this with our Predator Polarised Ultra Goggles. With our patented Ultra Fit technology this is our most comfortable goggle yet, a true ‘invisible fit’ feel. Along with the Italian made copper polarized lenses to reduce glare and cut out blue light, these goggles are perfect for any outdoor swimming condition. With the never ending kit list, he needs somewhere to put it all… where better than the Triathlon Bag! With a waterproof compartment and several pockets this is the perfect storage bag for any training triathlete!
For the Holiday Dad
While your dad only takes a dip a couple of times a year he loves nothing more than spending time with the family. What a better reward for entertaining you in the pool than some brand new trunks! Zoggs Penrith Shorts are a well-known favourite and available in a whole range of colours, there is something for every dad. For fuss free swimming, when playing a game of Marco Polo or those racing laps of the pool, the Phantom Tinted Goggles are a great option. The Super Soft Seal frame, UV Protection and Anti Fog allows for a fun and comfortable swim. For those sea adventurers there’s always the Reef Explorer Snorkel. Don’t forget the Zoggs Towel for the relaxation time reading their book on the beach. He’ll be set for his summer swim!
For the Trendy Dad
Whether he’s looking to be a surfer dude or an aspiring Olympic swimmer there’s always a present for this fashion father. To add some colour and stand out from the crowd the Ninja Jammer or Blue Fade Shorts would be a great option. Both provide bright colours and patterns that make sure he will stand out in a crowd. Always looking for the latest technology and design the Predator Swimming Goggles would be perfect, with the latest in gasket/seal and pulley adjust design. With all the latest technology they will of course need somewhere to put it in, the Poolside Backpack is a great option. He will definitely be the most fashionable
This year we're celebrating our 25th birthday! We began in 1992 by creating an innovative range of market leading swimming goggles, and goggles still remain at the heart of our brand today. This year we've introduced the latest addition to our women's goggle range - Venus!
Designed specifically for smaller faces, our Venus Goggles are a must-have for ladies, whether you're splashing about on your summer holiday or taking on everyday training. Here are some of the key features...
Offering extra moisture control for real clarity of vision and allowing you to focus on enjoying your swim, not fiddling with your goggles.
This hypo-allergenic seal moulds to the contours of the face to give a superb, customised fit. Made fro
After a couple of months of taking the plunge, Lillian fills us in on how the lessons are progressing...
Now I have got over my initial fears from my first few lessons, I was not dreading Thursday evenings anymore!
A few lessons in we are continuing to build confidence with the basics: blowing bubbles trying to keep the full face in the water; kicking up to the middle of the pool holding a noodle in our hands while putting our faces in the water. We were told to breathe out under water until we could hear and feel the bubbles around our face. Then come up for air!
This is my biggest problem at the moment, however much I try, I can't put my full face in! Despite the fact that I am wearing goggles – I have a mental block where I can only put my face into the pool up to the bottom of my goggles but no further. I had a chat with my swimming instructor and she explained that I am already putting my mouth and nose under water, the most vital parts for breathing! It is frustrating because there is no logic to not put my whole face in – especially when I am wearing goggles. This is my next goal – I need to get my breathing regulated and put my face in!
Chatting to my colleagues in the office, having trust in my goggles is the key element for me putting my face in the water. They advised me that a good fit means having goggles that fit to the contours of my face, don’t fog or let water in. As a kid I often did not have trust in the equipment I was using, which in turn really did not help my confidence in the water. After some impromptu goggle fitting, I decided to switch from the previous Predator Womens to a pair of Womens Predator Flex Polarized Ultra. These provided a better seal around the eyes and I preferred the quick adjustment at the sides.
I’m hoping this will help me to overcome my mental block and really hit my next goal...
To read more about Lillian's journey 'From Beginner to Honeymoon Swimmer' check out our Zoggs Swim Diaries.