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  1. Tips to get you cold water swimming
    Tips to get you cold water swimming

    Tips to get you cold water swimming

    Getting started with cold water swimming - By Annie Brooks (www.talesofanniebean.com )

    If you love your pool swims and enjoy those open water swims, then this winter you might be ready to take on cold water swimming! Unlike hopping into to your local heated swimming pool to run through your drills, or dipping into that beautiful lake during the summer time, cold water swimming not only challenges physically, it tests you mentally also. Knowing you’re about to step into water that barely reaches double figures, can be a challenge, but this is exactly why it’s fantastic because that sense of achievement is like nothing else.

     

    1. Find a open water swimming venue
    There are many open water swimming venues that continue to allow swims during the chilly months. Due to the increasingly popularity of cold water swimming, more and more venues are keeping open longer. The best thing to do to find them is get searching on the internet, or better yet, Facebook. There are numerous specific open water swimming groups across the UK who regularly meet up for swims, these often host their own Facebook groups too. If you do some digging and you’ll not only find many venues, but potentially make some new swimming buddies!

    2. Get the right kit

    When you’re just starting out with cold water swimming the best thing to do is get the right kit to keep you warm. If female, a good swimsuit and if male, well-made swim shorts, followed by a wetsuit. Not only is a wetsuit designed for buoyancy in the water, it is also keeps you warmer than just swimming in a swimsuit. When wearing a wetsuit, unlike just a swimsuit, the wetsuit allows the water to seep in gradually. This gives your body a good amount of time to slowly acclimatise. Beyond your wetsuit, you can pick up gloves, hat and boots to keep you toasty!

    3. Safety first
    Always take a tow float. This isn’t specifically for cold water swimming, but if the cold water shocks you, you can be easily be spotted by other water users. Tow floats are often mandatory for open water swimming venues. Another option is to attach a whistle to your tow float to alert that you need assistance to the open water swim venue staff. It is just about being safe, seen and heard.

    4. Swim with a buddy
    At a dedicated open water swimming venue you don’t always need to swim with a buddy, just be a confident swimmer. Personally, I like to always swim with a buddy, for both safety and enjoyment purposes. If you decided to wild cold water swim, then having an extra person with you is really important. However, if you’re off for a cold water swim and it is your first time, there is something comforting going through the process of acclimatisation with a friend.

    5. Getting in the cold water
    Firstly, never jump in. You might have seen those beautiful instagram shots of outdoors grammers leaping into fresh water. Don’t. You should never jump into cold water, acclimatised or not, your body might go into shock which can be really dangerous. I prefer to ease in gradually, and the more I have acclimatised the quicker this process is, but the most important thing is to give your body time. I love to wear swim socks and gloves because these two body parts get the worst of the cold for me. I like to call them ice cream feet and hands! Getting your shoulders under is the hardest part, but in a wetsuit because it gradually seeps in, it makes this a little easier.

    6. Cold water skin swims
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  2. Zoggs - 10 Reasons to take up Open Water Swimming
    Open water swimmers

    Zoggs - 10 Reasons to take up Open Water Swimming

    Check out the newest top 10 reasons to take up OPEN WATER SWIMMING - Courtesy of Adam Walker

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  3. Zoggs Swim Diaries - Taking on the Henley Swim Festival 2020
    Zoggs Swim Diaries - Taking on the Henley Swim Festival 2020

    Zoggs Swim Diaries - Taking on the Henley Swim Festival 2020

    The Zoggs Swim Diaries series aim to celebrate those undertaking a personal challenge or complete something to inspire us all. Mel Berry a swim coach and co-founder of HerSpirit takes us through her adventure of Henley Swim Festival 2020..

    Henley Swim Festival 4 x 1 mile Her Spirit adventure = 2 medals,

    You can’t beat getting back into open water swimming events to give you a sense of purpose and focus again. Thanks to Zoggs, Team Her Spirit rose to the challenge and entered the 4 x 1 mile event as part of the Henley Swim Festival. I mean why not do it four times rather than just once!

    Our team consisted of myself Mel Berry and my co-founder at Her Spirit, Holly Woodford and our love of adventure and getting our first 2020 medal! With so many events being cancelled due to COVID this was our first event and so didn’t take much persuading to take part over the August bank holiday. But what happened to the sunshine?

     

    Due to the weather and water temperature being under 16 degrees…. We opted to swim in our wetsuits but tucked under them were our trusty Wonder Woman and Batman suits! and of course our Zoggs/Her Spirit swim caps under our gold event caps. Today’s goggle choice was Predator’s for Holly and Fusion Air for myself.

     

    They say preparation is everything …. Haha I think we failed at first base on that due to COVID19 and Benjamin Franklin said “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail” but this event is not about being the fastest but more the ability to enjoy going up and down the Thames by foot and water four times.

    Challenging yourself is something we both love and having never done this event or anything like this format, it was a great challenge to take on. Coupled with the fact that we needed to take everything with us, we needed to get a new tow float, that could carry our food, drink, shoes and trusty GoPro to capture the event as well as our car key! I was only slightly worried I would lose the key! I am not sure how I would explain that one to the garage!

    Ready to rumble at 9am we set of for mile 1…and down the steps we went into The Thames…. Follow the yellow buoys and multi coloured tow floats till the beach they said! How hard can it be…

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  4. New season swimwear for Juniors
    New season swimwear for Juniors

    New season swimwear for Juniors

    We have a great selection of swimwear for girls and boys with our Junior range suitable for children aged 6-15. Using soft and durable materials, our collection includes exciting, colourful designs designed for comfort, style and performance. Here are just a few of our favourites

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  5. Learn to swim with Zoggs: stages of development
    Learn to swim with Zoggs: stages of development

    Learn to swim with Zoggs: stages of development

    We're strong believers that children should be introduced to the water as young as possible as it helps with confidence, enjoyment and well-being. It's for this reason our Learn to Swim range of products is designed to suit your child's stage of swim development whether they're

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  6. 7 back to school swimming essentials
    7 back to school swimming essentials

    7 back to school swimming essentials

    With just a couple of weeks remaining until the summer holidays end, we've pulled together a list of swimming essentials so you can get the kids sorted before term starts.

    Our Junior range of bold, vibrant swimwear designs is ideal for children aged 6-15 whether they're having lessons, working towards a badge or taking on a competitive challenge. Using soft and durable fabrics, our swimsuits, tankinis, jammers and trunks are made to last and designed with comfort, style and performance in mind. Swimsuits come with a front lining for modesty and swim shorts have adjustable waistbands for the perfect fit. We use high-quality, durable materials that are soft and quick-drying to prevent chaffing. Aqualast™ is a snag-free material which promises a lifetime of use with colour and shape retention whereas Hydrolife™ is chlorine-resistant and comes with a guarantee of 200 hours pool time. And new in this season is our sustainable Ecolast™ collection which is made from recycled ocean plastic. When tested in real-life conditions, it was found to be 15 times more resilient to chlorine than standard swimwear fabrics.

    The Native Spirit Double Crossback Swimsuit is designed for children aged 6-15 years. With a high front and back, it has an aqua-dynamic fit and is made from our super soft, quick drying and chlorine resistant Hydrolife™ fabric.

    Native Spirit Double Crossback

    The vibrant Street Girl Duoback Swimsuit is designed for swimming and fun with confidence built in! What's more it's made from our new Ecolast™ fabric, part of the Zoggs sustainable product program, using recycled materials to help protect the environment for future generations. We recently announced we're giving 10% of our Ecolast™ swimwear profits to Healthy Seas (read more here

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  7. An essential guide to swimwear back styles
    An essential guide to swimwear back styles

    An essential guide to swimwear back styles

    We have a number of swimsuit styles to choose from, whether you're heading to the pool, the beach or the lake. Here's an essential guide to finding the best back style for you so you're comfortable and can concentrate on what's important. Enjoying being in the water!

    The

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  8. Improve your health and wellbeing with swimming
    Improve your health and wellbeing with swimming

    Improve your health and wellbeing with swimming

    We mentioned swimming in our post about Mental Health Awareness Week, as it's a great way to improve well being. A report published by Swim England last year found Swimming to be particularly beneficial for those

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  9. Using training aids to improve your swim technique [videos]
    Using training aids to improve your swim technique [videos]

    Using training aids to improve your swim technique [videos]

    If you're looking to improve your swimming technique, we have a series of new films on our YouTube channel. These feature James Goddard who is also in these training aid films. James

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  10. Zoggs Tips: How to Stay Motivated to Swim Throughout Winter
    Zoggs Tips: How to Stay Motivated to Swim Throughout Winter

    Zoggs Tips: How to Stay Motivated to Swim Throughout Winter

    Swimming is often thought of as a summer activity but it’s actually the perfect sport for staying in shape and having fun throughout winter.

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