channel swim

  1. Zoggs - 10 Reasons to take up Open Water Swimming
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    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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  2. Catherine's Swimathon Story
    Catherine in front of the indoor pool

    Catherine's Swimathon Story

     

     

    Blackpool resident and primary school teacher, Catherine Cremona, is relieved and excited to get back into the water after months away from her local pool – particularly as she has a training r

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  3. Zoggs Swim Diaries: A solo swim to France? No, it’s a huge team effort!
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: A solo swim to France? No, it’s a huge team effort!

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: A solo swim to France? No, it’s a huge team effort!

    The time is almost here! As Deborah waits for her channel swim to arrive she shares how she is feeling...

    As I sit here in the middle of the night, wide awake with a mixture of excitement, trepidation and some nerves that are coming and going, mainly from not knowing when I’m going to swim, rather than the swim itself, I’m reflecting on so many things. The main thing that springs to mind is the phrase ‘a solo swim’, when in fact it is far from that. The amount of people who have helped me reach this point would read like an Oscars speech, so I will try not to do a Gwyneth Paltrow, but I would like to thank a few people:

     

    Deborah with her swim group 'The Shack Sharks' Deborah with her swim group 'The Shack Sharks'

     

    • The swimming community, a worldwide movement of open water swimmers, social media support groups, swim groups that I am part of and all of their members, to Durley Sea Swims who provide a wonderful support network for people training for long distance swims and who have supported much of my t
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  4. 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,

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  5. 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 from a 7-mile swimmer to a swimmer who could complete more than 14 miles.

    A 'Me' who could swim in very tough conditions.

    A 'Me' who was fit and healthy who would never give up.

    A 'Me' that when the going got tough, thoughts of the charities she was doing it for and all the people that had generously sponsored her and were supporting from the sea and shore, she would never give up for them either.

    A 'Me' that had a brilliant crew and safety boat pilot supporting her, willing her on, a 'Me' that will not stop for them and all the work that have put into getting her here.

    So that is the 'Me' that I wish for 2017, a

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  6. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part Four
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part Four

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part Four

    Deborah Herridge is training to swim the English Channel in the summer of 2017. She's been sharing her journey with us in our Zoggs Swim Diaries. Deborah has been answering questions from friends and family about the swim. Here we share the last of her answers to questions that have been sent her way around her training and the swim itself.dh-blog5

    What motivates you to go out and train when the weather is horrible?

    I'm quite a motivated and determined person, and thinking of the end goal and the desire to raise another £10k for charity always helps, and my husband Robert, who is also my coach, also helps immensely with motivation. Last year on a windy cold day when I wanted to stay in and keep warm, and not train in the cold choppy sea, Robert said some inspiring words.

    "When you set off from Dover the weather might be nice, and it might be nice when you step onto the beach in France, but it might also be windy and choppy in the middle, and you'll wish you’d trained on choppy and windy days, and then you will remember that you did train on those windy and choppy days, and it will make you smile, and you will be glad you did because it will give you the physical and emotional strength to see it through."

    Why don't you swim the shortest distance of the Channel from point to point?

    We try to, that distance is 21 miles, from Dover to Cap Gris Nez, but the tides push the swimmer sideways in an ‘S’ shape. The tides on the French side are famous for being very strong, so the swimmer may look like they’re about to land at the Cap, but then be swept further down the coast by the tides, resulting in a longer swim.

    Are there "rules" to make it "official" and logged anywhere?

    Yes, channel swims are certified by either the CS&PF or the CSA. There will be an official Observer on the boat who verifies all the rules are being met, no touching the boat or people, clearing the water at either end etc.dh-blog2

    Best bits?

    I’ve chosen three 'best bits'’.

    Training, I love it. I like the feeling of working hard and seeing improvements.

    The feeling of accomplishment in getting across a stretch of water.

    Raising loads of money for charity (£10k for the last swims) and hopefully helping some people on the way.

    Worst bits?

    The nerves I get before a swim event in a group or big solo swim, the nerves mainly affect my stomach, but as soon as I start swimming, they disappear, thankfully.

    Do you become a member of an exclusive club having completed it?dh-blog4

    Yes I guess I do! I would become a Channel Swimmer.

    According to the statistics on www.dover.uk.com, at the time of writing, "1,619 swimmers have completed a total of 2,123 solo swims" although that figure will have increased by the time this is published. Compare that to the 6,871 ascents of Everest by 4,042 people, you can see why it's called the Mount Everest of Swimming.

    What have you learned about yourself?

    I'm mentally tougher than I ever thought I could be, and physically I've surprised myself in the short time I've been swimming properly, started training in the pool in January 2013 for a 4 mile pool swim as part of a 44 mile triathlon, and had my first sea swim in July that year, and then the proper regular training started in the sea in April 2014. I’ve learnt it's possible to turn a fairly unfit person into a fit one.

    What decides the swimming style choice you make, i.e. breaststroke with head above the water, submerged breaststroke, crawl etc?

    The swimmer. They do whatever they feel is their strongest stroke. Not many have done it breast stroke, even fewer butterfly (yes really!), most people swim front crawl. My strongest stroke is front crawl so I’ll be swimming that stroke.

    Deborah will be keeping us updated with her training in our Zoggs Swim Diaries, and you can find her other three Q&A articles here.

    Deborah is swimming the channel for a total of 4 charities, and you can help show your support by sponsoring her via her fundraising page.

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  7. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A – Part Three
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A – Part Three

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A – Part Three

    Deborah Herridge is training to swim the English Channel in the summer of 2017. She's been sharing her journey with us in our Zoggs Swim Diaries. With this momentous challenge ahead, Deborah's friends and family have been asking her all about the swim. She shares with us some answers to questions that have been asked around her training and the swim itself.

    When people say things like "it must be so boring" or "what can you possibly think about for all that time", how do you react and do questions like that make you feel?

    I don't mind at all, I enjoy people asking about the swims. Up until a few years ago I would have probably asked the same questions. I've never gotten bored, longest swims so far have been a training swim of 5 hours 20 and the two-way Solent swim of 7 hours 18. I've never once got bored, I think of all sorts of things, I sing songs, reminisce, think about my stroke, see if I can spot any wildlife, or sometimes don't think at all, a kind of meditation I suppose.

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  8. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part Two
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part Two

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part Two

    Deborah Herridge is training to swim the English Channel in the summer of 2017. You may have already read about her training or her other Q&A's here. With such an incredible challenge ahead, Deborah's friends and family have been asking all about the swim. She continues to share with us some answers to the questions they've been asking.

    Why swim it when you can take a ferry? Or as some people put it "just why?"!

    Good point. It would be quicker, cheaper, less painful and not so cold, but the swim a good way to raise funds for charity. It’s also a life changing challenge; the training, the big day itself, I'm not sure there is anything quite like it. I love long distance swimming, and it seemed like the next step up after previously swimming 14 miles. Some may say I could have stopped there, but I do love a good challenge. This quote I saw says it all:

    "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined".dh-blog3

    I would add to that "and work hard for it, h

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  9. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part One
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part One

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Channel Swim Q&A - Part One

    Deborah Herridge is training to swim the English Channel in the summer of 2017. You may have already read about her training here. With such an incredible challenge ahead, Deborah's friends and family have been asking all about the swim. She shares with us some answers to questions that have been sent her way.

    How do you feel about the impending swim?

    On the whole I feel positive. I'm looking forward to the whole experience including the training over the next year. I think it will become a very memorable experience. But there are some nights when I wake up in the middle of the night and think "Oh my, what have I done!"dh-blog

    When did you decide to do it?

    After my one-way 7 mile Solent swim in July 2014.

    What does your training involve?

    Mostly swimming, but I also do some dry land training and rest is also a big part of it.

    During the winter it is mainly in the pool, shorter distances between 2k – 5k working on speed and technique, and also short s

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  10. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Training for a Channel Swim
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Training for a Channel Swim

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Training for a Channel Swim

    Deborah Herridge is training to swim the English Channel in the summer of 2017 and shares her journey from 30 lengths in the pool to a 21 mile Channel Swim.

    The English Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, and next year I hope to fulfil my ambition to swim 21 miles across it.Zoggs - how swimming makes me feel

    Depending on the weather, the swim will take me anything from 14 – 16 hours, possibly longer. I've heard people say "train for the best, expect the worse"… as the channel is very unpredictable. I'm preparing myself for a tough swim and will be training hard over the next 18 months.

    Under Channel rules once I start swimming I will not be allowed to touch anyone, or the boat, and will only wear my swimsuit, one cap and my trusty Zoggs Predator goggles. I am overjoyed to be supported by Zoggs for my solo swim. I’ve been using Predators for the last three years and they have seen me through many miles.

    The channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, and will present many challenges including boat traffic, jellyfish and ever changing conditions; I will also need to cope with the cold water for a long time. This is perhaps the biggest challenge of them all.

    A little about me; 3 years ago I was an occasional pool swimmer, going to the pool for a slow paced 30 lengths, often stopping after 20 because I was bored having nothing to aim for. But in 2012 everything changed, inspired by the Olympics, especially the Paralympics, I wanted to get fit! This is where it all began, my husband Robert used to row for Scotland, and also coached. Robert got to work and devised a training plan which took me from a plodding pool swimmer, to completing a 44 mile triathlon the following year, which included a 4 mile pool swim. The swim sparked my love for long distance swimming, and in the summer of 2013 I discovered the open water. In 2014 we planned a new 7 mile route diagonally across the Solent, The Quantum of Solent, but a few weeks before the swim my husband Robert was taken critically ill. I wanted to cancel, but Robert asked me to carry on with his training and he continued to support me from his hospital bed, and I pushed on with his training plan. Thankfully he pulled through; the doctors said it was a miracle that he survived. He is now fully recovered and still coaches me. Last year, swim coach Danny Bunn joined us to help with my training and he has helped me become a stronger and faster swimmer. In 2015 I trained for The Quantum of Solent II, a two-way, 14 mile swim. The swim was incredibly tough, especially the last 3 hours when the conditions were horrendous for swimming, but I thought of the charities I was doing it for, and got my head down in the waves and swam. I completed it in 7 hours 18 minutes and it was recognised as an inaugural swim by the British Long Distance Swimming Association.

     

    Zoggs kit 2 Deborah has her Zoggs gear at the ready!

     

    From here the English Channel dream was born.

    I swim in the sea over the winter to keep acclimatised, in just my swimming costume, for 15 minutes or so, (try sitting in an ice cold bath if you would like to share the experience I go through). But until the sea gets back to double figures, I train in the pool. The proper training in the sea will restart in April.

    Swim events this year include 3 x 5kms over the Swimathon weekend, the gruelling Champion of Champions at Dover Harbour, a 5 mile, 3 mile, then 1 mile swim, swimming around Brownsea Island, and I also have a very long coastal swim of 21 miles, from Weymouth to Lulworth Cove and back.

    Over the next year I will continue to contribute entries to the Zoggs Swim Diaries about my training, the s

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