Open Water Swimming

  1. Henley Swim Festival 2021
    Henley Swim Festival 2021

    Henley Swim Festival 2021

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  2. Kerri-anne Payne
    Kerri-anne Payne

    Kerri-anne Payne

    OLYMPIAN KERI-ANNE PAYNE JOINS ZOGGS AS AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE BRAND

    Zoggs is delighted to announce the signing of Keri-anne Payne, one of the UK’s best-known open water swimmers,

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  3. SWIMTAG CATALINA CHALLENGE
    SWIMTAG CATALINA CHALLENGE

    SWIMTAG CATALINA CHALLENGE

    Love swimming? Have you ever considered a swim challenge? Swimtag is a social swim training aid and monitoring system that tracks your progress in the pool and in open water. See your swims, beat your personal bests, join a community of swimmers, take part in epic challenges and virtual swimming competitions.

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  4. OSS Swimmer Journey's So Far...
    OSS Swimmer Journey's So Far...

    OSS Swimmer Journey's So Far...

    As we continue our partnership with The OSS we are getting regular updates from swimmers taking part in the Couch to kkers challenge...

     

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  5. OSS Swimmers Profiles 2
    OSS Swimmers Profiles  2

    OSS Swimmers Profiles 2

    As we continue our partnership with The OSS we are now going to bring you updates and profiles of real swimmers participating in SWIM COUCH TO 5K. These are people with a real passion for outdoor swimming. Be inspired by these swimmers and start your own swim journey! And remember there is still time to join SWIMCOUCHTO5K. This is our second installment of real swimmers taking part.

     

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  6. Wild Swimming
    Wild Swimming

    Wild Swimming

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  7. OSS Swimmers Profiles
    OSS Swimmers Profiles

    OSS Swimmers Profiles

    As we continue our partnership with The OSS we are now going to bring you updates and profiles of real swimmers participating in SWIM COUCH TO 5K. These are people with a real passion for outdoor swimming. Be inspired by these swimmers and start your own swim journey! And remember there is still time to join SWIMCOUCHTO5K.

     

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  8. Pro Swimming UK
    Pro Swimming UK

    Pro Swimming UK

    Is it time to head back to the pool?

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  9. The OSS Couch To 5k Launch
    The OSS Couch To 5k Launch

    The OSS Couch To 5k Launch

    Love swimming? Join OSS to shake off lockdown and winter, get fit and swimming. This is a three month programme designed to get you fit for a summer of swimming. It starts on dryland on the spring equinox (March 26), moves into the water

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  10. 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
    You’ve mastered swimming in your

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