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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. The Original Predator Flex goggles are back
    The Original Predator Flex goggles are back

    The Original Predator Flex goggles are back

    The Original Predator Flex goggles are back in stock - exclusively available from Zoggs (and Wiggle). If you're wondering which would be best for you, check out this handy overview of the range.

    Predator Flex Original (Clear)

    These Original Predator Flex swimming goggles are the perfect addition to virtually any swimmer's kit bag. Whether its smashing your PBs in the indoor lanes or taking on an open water swim, the clear lenses provide exceptional clarity. The lenses offer Fogbuster™ anti-fog, UV protection and CLT™ Curved Lens Technology for 180° peripheral vision. The comfort provided by Zoggs’ unique 4 Flexpoint Technology.

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    Predator Flex Original (Tint)

    Get fully immersed with the Original Predator Flex Tinted swimming goggles with unique 4 Flexpoint Technology™. The blue tinted lenses are an ideal addition for indoor swimming as well as offering good protection against bright outdoor light. Throw in Fogbuster™ anti-fog for exceptional clarity, UV protection and CLT™ Curved Lens Technology and you have a goggle that performs just as well as it looks.

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    Predator Flex Original (Mirror)

    Stand out from the crowd with the Predator Flex Mirror Goggles. With the unique 4 Flexpoint™ technology for enhanced frame flexibility, they provide a contoured and comfortable fit. Silver mirrored lenses and 180 degree peripheral vision offer fantastic clarity for outdoor and open water swimming with reduced glare and reflections from the sun. The split-yoke strap reduces pressure on the face for added comfort.

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    Predator Flex Original (Polarized)

    Make the most out of your swim with our Original Predator Flex Polarized Goggle. The unique 4 Flexpoint Technology which offers frame flexibility and maximum comfort. The smoke polarized lenses reduce glare and reflections on the water’s surface, making this an ideal goggle for bright outdoor conditions. The Original Predator Flex Polarized goggles also come with built-in Fogbuster™ anti-fog for exceptional clarity, UV protection, and CLT™ Curved Lens Technology for 180° peripheral vision.

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    Predator Flex Polarized Ultra

    Embrace the funexpected with the Predator Flex Polarized Ultra Swimming Goggles with polarized lenses to reduce glare and cut out blue light. Ideal for high level light conditions and direct sunshine. By repelling blue light these goggles also amplify light in darker overcast conditions, therefore providing enhanced vi

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  3. Stocking filler ideas for adult swimmers
    Stocking filler ideas for adult swimmers

    Stocking filler ideas for adult swimmers

    You might think stocking fillers are just for children but everyone loves a surprise. Here are just a few gift ideas for the grown-up swimmers in your life whether they be lane swimmers, open water swimmers or triathletes.

    Swimwear

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  4. Predator Flex 2.0 wins 2018 Red Dot Award For Design and Innovation
    Predator Flex 2.0 wins 2018 Red Dot Award For Design and Innovation

    Predator Flex 2.0 wins 2018 Red Dot Award For Design and Innovation

    We're delighted to announce the Zoggs Predator Flex 2.0 goggle has been awarded a 2018 Red Dot Award for Design and Innovation in the Sporting Equipment category. Red Dot is recognised internationally as one of

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  5. Focus on the SS18 collection for men
    Focus on the SS18 collection for men

    Focus on the SS18 collection for men

    Get yourself pool ready with the SS18 collection for men. With jammers and racers for pool practice and cool shorts for leisure, you can achieve the perfect look without compromising on style. Not only that, our durable, long-lasting material is guaranteed in a range of functional

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  6. Susie Rodgers on Training for Paralympic Swimming Trials 2016
    Susie Rodgers on Training for Paralympic Swimming Trials 2016

    Susie Rodgers on Training for Paralympic Swimming Trials 2016

     

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  7. Man Vs Ocean: Zoggs Open Water Swim Ambassador Adam Walker Launches Autobiography
    Man Vs Ocean: Zoggs Open Water Swim Ambassador Adam Walker Launches Autobiography

    Man Vs Ocean: Zoggs Open Water Swim Ambassador Adam Walker Launches Autobiography

    Man V Ocean Book JacketAdam 'Ocean' Walker was the first Briton to complete the 7 toughest channel swims in the World, also known as the Oceans 7! This incredible endurance challenge is considered the ocean equivalent to the "Seven Summits" and Adam was the second person ever to complete all seven swims on his first attempt!

    This autobiography captures Adam's journey from being a toaster salesman to becoming the 5th person in the World to complete the Oceans 7 challenge. The Oceans 7 is not for the faint-hearted - Adam took on the English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Molokai Strait, Catalina Channel, Tsugaru Strait, Cook Strait and North Channel over the course of six years. Adam has worn Zoggs Predator Flex Goggles throughout his 7 ocean swims, and we are honoured to have him as our Open Water and Triathlon Swimming Ambassador.

    During his swims Adam had to face dangerous currents, enormous swells, deadly marine life (including a pretty horrific sting from a Portuguese Man o' War), freezing temperatures, sea sickness and much more.

    Adam is a huge inspiration to the team here at Zoggs

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  8. New Year's Swim Resolutions: Beginners Four Week Workout Plan
    New Year's Swim Resolutions:  Beginners Four Week Workout Plan

    New Year's Swim Resolutions: Beginners Four Week Workout Plan

    If you’re planning to get fit in the water this year, you’re in luck! We've pulled together a four week swim workout plan to help you set and achieve your goals, whilst having fun and learning valuable new skills during your new year swim journey!

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    Why start swimming in 2016

    Swimming is a sport that you can do all year round and feel great doing! With the added bonus of being a low impact, whole body workout, swimming is a great way to get fit in 2016.

    Setting Goals

    Before you start work out, you first need to figure out what you want to achieve, whether that is feeling confident in the water or swimming the length of the channel - set your goal as a starting point!

    Commitment is the key to achieving your goals, and you want to be able to commit to a program that is realistic for a short period of time, that has achievable goals. For example, committing to swimming for 1 hr a week for 4 weeks will make a big change to your fitness levels and is achievable to fit in with a busy lifestyle. Remember, the key to sticking to your goal is consistency and repetition.

    Ensure your program also allows for flexibility. Our lives change week to week but the one absolute key point is knowing that you will make time to go to the pool at some point each week to look after your body.

    Four Week Swim Plan

    Week 1: Building up your stamina

    During week 1, start with a very basic workout focusing purely on swimming a smooth long stroke and building up your stamina.

    Swimming in sets of two is a great starting point - try swimming 2 lengths with a 30 second break, and repeat.

    You can mix up the strokes if you wish, the first week of the plan is not about pushing to a high intensity but sustaining the ability to breathe a smooth rhythmical breath for every lap that is swum.

    Week 2: Legs

    In week 2, try bringing a focus area such as the legs. Begin your workout with a nice and easy warm up with any stroke at a slow pace for around 2 / 3 lengths.

    Once warmed up, it's time to focus on the legs. Move onto kicking only with a kickboard to isolate the legs, aiming to complete 4 lengths using the board and resting for 30 seconds in between each length.

    Once you have completed four lengths using the kickboard, go back to swimming a full stroke for 3 laps then rest. Repeat this 2 times.

    Top tip: For the greatest body workout, try to kick with your legs under the water and make minimal splashes as you swim! Remember this is not about getting out of the pool and feeling exhausted, but working your body and being able to breathe at the same time.

    Week 3: Arms

    This week now the focus becomes on arms. Again start with a gentle warm up, starting off where we left from in week 2, swimming 3 laps then rest then repeat 3 times.

    Once warm, grab a pull buoy and swim one length just using your arms. Ensure that your stroke is smooth, the more splashes you make the harder and less efficient it becomes.

    Once you have done this for 4 laps stopping at each end, begin 4 laps of the full stroke with no pull buoy. If at all you are finding that you lose your breathing rhythm or start to feel tight in your chest, stop and rest to get your breath back.

    Week 4: Bringing Everything Together

    During the final week of your programme, it's all about bringing everything together and pushing your body a little further.

    Begin with a warm up for up to 10 minutes. The challenge here can be how many lengths can you swim in this amount of time, not as fast as you can as remember it is a warm up.

    Then grab a kickboard - for this exercise you are going to kick for one length slowly, 30 second rest, followed by a second length as fast as you can pushing your body to its limit. Repeat this circuit 3 times.

    Now, try an additional 2 lengths nice and slowly, trying not to make any splashes (it's much harder than it sounds). Follow these lengths by grabbing a pull buoy and swimming 2 lengths just using your arms to build up your strength - Rep

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  9. Christmas Gift Guide for Swimmers
    Christmas Gift Guide for Swimmers

    Christmas Gift Guide for Swimmers

    From toys for water-babies to goggles for grown-up swimmers, you can find the perfect presents for the ones you love this Christmas at Zoggs. Here’s our top Christmas gift selections for swimmers this festive season;

    Gifts for Little Swimmers:

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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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