Zoggs Swim Diaries

  1. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Progress is slow but steady...
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Progress is slow but steady...

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Progress is slow but steady...

    After a couple of months of taking the plunge, Lillian fills us in on how the lessons are progressing...

    Now I have got over my initial fears from my first few lessons, I was not dreading Thursday evenings anymore!

    A few lessons in we are continuing to build confidence with the basics: blowing bubbles trying to keep the full face in the water; kicking up to the middle of the pool holding a noodle in our hands while putting our faces in the water. We were told to breathe out under water until we could hear and feel the bubbles around

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  2. Zoggs Swim Diaries: What makes Deborah Herridge #SwimHappy?
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: What makes Deborah Herridge #SwimHappy?

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: What makes Deborah Herridge #SwimHappy?

    Regular open water swimmer Deborah Herridge has shared with us what it is about the sea that makes her #SwimHappy...

    So many things! Where shall I start...my #SwimHappy place usually involves water, preferably salty, throw in some challenging waves (although mill pond seas are always inspiring places to swim in too), golden glitter paths to swim through from the sunshine lighting up the sea, and some great swim buddies to share the wonderful experience with.

     

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  3. Zoggs Swim Diaries: What makes Susie Rodgers #SwimHappy?
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: What makes Susie Rodgers #SwimHappy?

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: What makes Susie Rodgers #SwimHappy?

    As part of the Zoggs #SwimHappy campaign, each week a Friend of Zoggs will be sharing their story of the water! To kick off the series Paralympic 50m Butterfly Gold Medalist, Susie Rodgers, shares what makes her #SwimHappy...

    As Zoggs launch #SwimHappy, encouraging everyone to try swimming in all its forms: open water, indoor swimming, diving, triathlon and even free diving, it got me thinking about my own love of the water and why I really get huge pleasure from being a swimmer.

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  4. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Lillian's First Swimming Lesson
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Lillian's First Swimming Lesson

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Lillian's First Swimming Lesson

    Lillian has tackled her first swimming lesson! Find out how it went and her top tips on what to pack for every swimmer's first lesson...

    What do I need to pack?

    If I was going to go for it I decided I needed to be prepared (all the gear and no idea scenario!) So chatting to various swimmers I came up with a packing list….

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  5. Zoggs Swim Diaries: From Beginner to Honeymoon Swimmer!
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: From Beginner to Honeymoon Swimmer!

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: From Beginner to Honeymoon Swimmer!

    Learning to Swim can be achieved whatever your age. Lillian, our International Graphic Designer, has chosen to take on this challenge. After getting engaged last year she thought it was about time she learned to swim. We are going to be there every step of the way as she goes from Beginner to Honeymoon Swimmer…

    Lillian with her fiancee wearing Sombrero's ready for their honeymoon in Mexico

    ‘Do you swim?’ was the most awkward interview question I had ever been asked. Sure

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  6. Zoggs Swim Diaries: New York to London Swim!
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: New York to London Swim!

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: New York to London Swim!

    IT engineer seeks help to become first person to swim from New York to London!

     

    British IT engineer and extreme swimmer Michael Ventre is hoping to swim 3,800 miles from New York to London alongside a support vessel – a feat which has never been attempted before, which aims to raise millions for Oxfam.

    Michael, who successfully swam the English Channel in 2011, plans to make his world-first attempt at swimming the Atlantic in April this year. The unprecedented open water challenge will take him between four and seven months and will present an incredible test of resilience as he navigates everything from o

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  7. Zoggs Swim Diaries: New Year, Old Me
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: New Year, Old Me

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: New Year, Old Me

    Deborah Herridge is training to swim the English Channel in the summer of 2017. She's been sharing her journey with us from 30 lengths in the pool to a 21 mile Channel Swim, and now here's the latest from Deborah.

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    'New Year, New Me', I’m seeing this everywhere, but what I would like is 'New Year, Old Me', the '2015 Me' for 2017 please.

    The 'Me' that progressed f

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  8. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Esti's Swimming Gala Success
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Esti's Swimming Gala Success

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Esti's Swimming Gala Success

    Whatever your age, or ability, swimming can be fun for everyone! Shared by her mum, this inspirational story of Esti, a young girl with autism taking part in her first swimming gala, shows exactly how inclusive swimming can be!

    Recently Esti’s swimming club had their annual gala. She chose a whole range of events to race in and we helped her enter. The event took place over two weekends and in a different pool from the one Esti regularly swims in. Not only this but the noise and busy atmosphere made us very nervous about whether she would participate on the day(s).

    All the spectators were on their feet, cheering, w

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  9. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Isle of Wight Swim in 25 hrs 56 mins
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Isle of Wight Swim in 25 hrs 56 mins

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Isle of Wight Swim in 25 hrs 56 mins

    After months of training and planning, Scott Dawson has completed his non-stop 65 mile swim around the Isle of Wight for charity. Here's what Scott had to say after the event...

    How do you describe the best week of your life?iowswim1

    I now understand why Olympic Athletes are so emotional when they step onto the podium, to receive their Gold medal. I will never be able to know what that feels like to stand on an Olympic Podium, but what I achieved last week was my equivalent

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  10. Ryan Crouch on Joining Team GB in the 2016 Paralympic Games
    Ryan Crouch on Joining Team GB in the 2016 Paralympic Games

    Ryan Crouch on Joining Team GB in the 2016 Paralympic Games

    Ryan Crouch is an S9 swimmer with Cerebral Palsy, and at the age of 22 years-old, he is on his way to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. We caught up with Ryan in the lead up to the games...

    On the 23rd April 2016 my dreams finally came true. After 11 years of tough training, health setbacks, and no major breakthrough, I found myself punching the air at the end of the lane after achieving the Rio 2016 Paralympic Qualifying Standard on the S9 50m Freestyle. Two days later, I was lucky enough to receive a letter from Chris Furber (NPD) to congratulate me on being selected for this years Paralympics!

    Due to health setbacks in

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