Swimming Tips

  1. Pro Swimming UK
    Pro Swimming UK

    Pro Swimming UK

    Is it time to head back to the pool?

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Training tips: Improve your swimming technique
    Training tips: Improve your swimming technique

    Training tips: Improve your swimming technique

    If you're looking to improve your swimming technique, have a watch of our training videos, all of which feature James Goddard. James is an award winning British competitive and backstroke swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics, FINA world championships and European championships. He swam for England in the Commonwealth Games and also runs regular swim training camps throughout Europe.

    We've included 6 swimming technique videos that will help you improve your stroke. From freestyle (front crawl), freestyle breathing and tumble turns to mastering that breaststroke, backstroke and even butterfly. We've also included our training aid films, great for those of you that use a kickboard, Finz, pull buoy or hand paddles.

    https://youtu.be/-UzYFyaeGEY
    Freestyle (front crawl)
    https://youtu.be/-UzYFyaeGEY
    Freestyle (front crawl)
    https://youtu.be/ISzrSU3bBZ4
    Tumble turns: How to change direction quickly under water
    https://youtu.be/9aefCaQKZpo
    How to master breaststroke
    https://youtu.be/VYLb1MRIyk0
    How to finesse backstroke (back crawl)
    https://youtu.be/B_AzikPZfdk
    How to master the butterfly
    https://youtu.be/oncZ6OeVexw
    How to use a Zoggs kickboard when training to build strength.
    This video will help improve your body position in the water
    and your focus on your lower body, strengthening your muscles.
    https://youtu.be/PDr95Q0ZBa4
    How to use Zoggs Finz to improve your swimming.
    Designed to aid swimmers in their training to improve on their endurance
    and reduce muscle fatigue. Our Finz will help you make the most out
    of workout and
    perfect your stroke technique.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVeFfyDrJAg&t=0s&list=PLVpRQ5QEGx_SqA9L8qzwDUjdAAZYYDIp5&index=1
    How to use a Zoggs Pull Buoy.
    This video will take you through using a Pull buoy effectively to help isolate
    the upper body, to improve upper body strength and allow you to focus
    on your stroke technique.
    https://youtu.be/doKTCXyOPaw
    How to improve your technique and build speed with hand paddles.strong>
    This video will show you that using Hand Paddles are a fantastic training aid
    for those looking to improve their stroke technique. They
    will increase
    your workout and improve your fitness achieved from regular swims.

    Swimming benefits the whole body and it's an ideal way to strengthen your muscles making your feel stronger and healthier. If you mix up your strokes, you can target different parts of your body - it's the best way to burn calories. What's more you may find swimming relaxes you, clears your mind and reduces anxiety. Head over to our website if fancy browsing swimwear or goggles and do let us know how you're getting on on social.

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  7. 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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  8. Improve your swimming technique with James Goddard [videos]
    Improve your swimming technique with James Goddard [videos]

    Improve your swimming technique with James Goddard [videos]

    If you're looking to improve your swimming technique but you're not at your peak in terms of swimming style or fitness level, our new James Goddard films on the Zoggs YouTube channel might be helpful. James is an award winning British competitive and backstroke swimmer who represented Great Britain in the Olympics, FINA world championships and European championships. He swam for England in the Commonwealth Games, and also runs regular swim training camps throughout Europe.

    How to swim freestyle efficiently: This video will help you to perfect your front crawl. An efficient freestyle stroke will enable you to burn up to 600 calories per hour and give your body a great workout.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UzYFyaeGEY&list=PLVpRQ5QEGx_SqA9L8qzwDUjdAAZYYDIp5&index=8

    Freestyle (front crawl): How to get your breathing under control: Master your breathing and your swimming will become easier, simpler and a more enjoyable experience. This video aims to help you improve your overall freestyle technique, enhancing your breathing style.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq2bsKUOIhE&list=PLVpRQ5QEGx_SqA9L8qzwDUjdAAZYYDIp5&index=2

    Tumble turns: How to change direction quickly underwater: This video aims to improve your ability to turn quickly and efficiently whilst in the water, by pushing off the wall.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISzrSU3bBZ4&list=PLVpRQ5QEGx_SqA9L8qzwDUjdAAZYYDIp5&index=3

    How to master breaststroke: This video will help you improve your breaststroke and building your technique. This stroke technique works on the pecs, lats, glutes and quads muscles. Plus you can learn how to position your body and perform hand entry more efficiently.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aefCaQKZpo&list=PLVpRQ5QEGx_SqA9L8qzwDUjdAAZYYDIp5&index=4

    How to finesse the backstroke (back crawl) technique: The backstroke technique works your shoulders, lats and chest muscles. In this film, we show you how your arms and legs move through the water to improve your body position, creating less resistance and a more efficient stroke.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYLb1MRIyk0&list=PLVpRQ5QEGx_SqA9L8qzwDUjdAAZYYDIp5&index=6

    How to perform butterfly: Learn how to perfect this physically demanding stoke from building your rhythm to body positioning. This technique can burn around 750 calories per hour, working the abdominals, triceps, pectorals, shoulders and quadriceps.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_AzikPZfdk&list=PLVpRQ5QEGx_SqA9L8qzwDUjdAAZYYDIp5&index=9

    If you enjoyed these films, do check out our new training aid films too.

     

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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. 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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