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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
    You’ve mastered swimming in your

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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. Adam 'Ocean' Walker Tips - Open Water Novice
    Adam 'Ocean' Walker Tips - Open Water Novice

    Adam 'Ocean' Walker Tips - Open Water Novice

    Where to swim

    There are many lakes up and down the country which have organised sessions and have suitable safety in place. I would recommend you swim in one these locations and as there will be other like-minded

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  4. Perfect your swimming technique [videos]
    Perfect your swimming technique [videos]

    Perfect your swimming technique [videos]

    If you're looking to improve your swimming strokes and not yet at your peak, the technique videos on our

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  5. New season swimwear for young children
    New season swimwear for young children

    New season swimwear for young children

    With October half term just six weeks away, this post focuses on new season swimwear for young children. Our Kids collection includes everything babies and children (up to 6) need including swimwear, goggles and learning aids. Introducing swimming to them early will help them build their water confidence at a young age. We've designed swimwear, buoyancy aids and pool games to bring out the best in young swimmers.

    Our Fishy Business Mini Jammer features a fun and colourful design to help little ones swim happier in the pool. Because these jammers are made from Elastomax fabric they're comfortable and stretchy so perfect for in and out of the pool.

    FIshy busienss mini jammer

    Kids can make a splash in our Flora Classicback Swimsuit. With slim straps, it makes changing super easy, the high back and neckline providing added coverage and protection against the sun. Made from our super soft, quick drying and chlorine resistant Elastomax™ fabric, it lasts up to 120 pool hours.

    flora classicback

    Our Tots Fishy Business Short Sleeve Sun Top is ideal for staying safe in the sun. With added UPF 50+ this top protects both in an out of the pool allowing them to spend hours and hours (and hours!) in the water. Also made from our Elastomax fabric, kids can just get on with enjoying the water.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 5 common swimming hang ups and how to overcome them
    5 common swimming hang ups and how to overcome them

    5 common swimming hang ups and how to overcome them

    While some take to swimming like a duck to water, many can be apprehensive especially if starting to swim regularly. It's usual to have a few pool hang ups along the way but there are many solutions to overcome these. Here are our top tips to ensuring you feel great so you can really

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