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  1. Top summer picks for kids
    Top summer picks for kids

    Top summer picks for kids

    Whether you're heading abroad or sticking around in the UK in hope of another summer of sun (fingers crossed), the summer holidays are just around the corner. To make sure that you are prepped and ready for a busy summer we have put together a selection

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  2. What makes you #SwimHappy?
    What makes you #SwimHappy?

    What makes you #SwimHappy?

    Whether you swim to compete, swim for fitness, take a dip on holiday, or just want to spend some time in the water with the Family, Zoggs wants to celebrate what makes you #SwimHappy!

    It’s well known that taking a dip releases those much needed endorphins. You don’t believe us? A recent study by British Gas SwimBritain conducted by MindLab (2014) ‘The secret to happiness? Swimming has all the answers’ highlights how much swimming can truly help when it comes to positivity, motivation and overall levels of wellbeing. By adding a few laps of the pool into the weekly schedule they found:

    • A reported increase of 35% in positivity.
    • Taking a dip increases energy levels by 51% and fitness levels by 15%.
    • While swimming is low impact, it increases the levels of sleep quality by 40%, and those swimming more than 2.5 hours a week their quality of sleep at least doubled.
    • The participants negative emotions decreased by 33%, while the positive emotions increased on average 35%.
    • Overall it was found that levels of wellbeing increased on average 20%.

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      While figures are useful, sometimes there is no better way to find out what makes you #SwimHappy than jumping in! Need some inspiration on how to discover your excuse for a swim? Check out Zoggs top tips:

      • Swim with friends - Solo lane swims not for you? Why not join a swimming club or collect together your friends and set some fun challenges, race each other or just have a gossip at the end of the lane when you want a break.
      • Set yourself a training routine – If you need some motivation to keep swimming set yourself a target and a training routine to achieve it. Whether they are training sets of 10 or 20, they are a great way of staying motivated as well as keeping count of those lengths you’ve done.
      • Try out something different – Pool based activities have been increasing in popularity recently with the development of Aqua Aerobics or Aqua Zumba. These are great ways to still get exercise in a low impact environment. If you are looking for something a little more challenging there is always sports such as Synchronised Swimming or Water Polo.
      • Games! – This can be great when you are swimming with the family. Games could be creating Fun Relays using multiple strokes or using Zoodles. You could also dive for treasure with Dive Sticks or Clam Hunt. Games don’t necessarily only work for the family, they can also help motivate solo swims. Visit
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  3. Caribbean-Style Beaches, Courtesy of Corsica
    Caribbean-Style Beaches, Courtesy of Corsica

    Caribbean-Style Beaches, Courtesy of Corsica

    For those who have tackled – or even contemplated – a long-haul flight with little ones in tow, you'll know it takes stamina! This is where Corsica's beautiful south comes into its own. Its family-friendly (but elegantly grown-up) beaches come with everything you need for a classic seaside holiday – all less than three hours from the UK.

    Santa Giulia

    Young families in particular love it here. The sand is white and fine; the calm, clear, lagoon-like waters perfect for paddling and a variety of restaurants, cafés and bars keep everyone well fed and watered. You'll find sun loungers and parasols for hire and watersports for older children or anyone not on parent duty (although there is a lifeguard in high season for extra peace of mind).

    Footnotes: In August, beach life gets considerably livelier with the Porto Vecchio Music Festival.

    Santa Giulia

    Palombaggia

    Pine trees for shade, soft sand for play and clear, shallow waters make this another top spot for young children. However, for style-conscious grown-ups, the most famous beach on Corsica is also the place to be seen, with beach clubs, restaurants, waiters bringing drinks out to your sun lounger and on-beach massages and manicures. Asciaghju (or 'Acciaju'), the western-most cove, is the quietest or, in busier seasons, visitors spill over onto Tamaricciu Beach, just across the lagoon.

    Footnotes: Come evening, sit and listen to live music, Corsican style, in one of the restaurants along the sea front serving up excellent seafood.

    Palombaggia beach

    Tamaricciu Beach

    Oozing St-Tropez glamour, this sandy beach features wooden decks from which the jet set (or those who like to see them) watch the turquoise surf and chic waterfront restaurants serve grilled fish with far more than your average beachside flair. If you don't have your own, you can hire snorkelling equipment and there are watersports too.

    Footnotes: These sands, like those of neighbouring Palombaggia, can get crowded, so it's worth arriving early to reserve your spot.

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    St. Cyprien

    In the stunning image of Santa Giulia, with the same eye-catching colour palette of turquoise waters and white sand, this 3km stretch of white sand comes with the pleasure of chic beach bars, small boutiques, a dive school and watersport facilities tucked behind the rocks of this crescent-shaped bay. There's a good choice of restaurants too, which have adopted a particularly hip and funky approach and serve up plenty of fresh seafood, as well as hiring out sun loungers and parasols.

    Footnotes: For very little children, there's plenty of natural shade from the pine trees fringing the sand.

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    Pinarello

    Generous shallows and over a kilometre of fine, soft, white sand make this a sure-fire recipe for a relaxing day by the sea. A secret gem of a bay, laid-back Pinarello also comes with watersports, including windsurfing, and sea clear enough for a satisfying snorkelling session. There's also a selection of good restaurants (some more formal) for dining and lovely shady spots under the pine trees for a post-lunch siesta.

    Footnotes: Park for free near the southern beachside restaurants or along the coast road under the trees.

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  4. Zoggs Guide to Swimwear for the Whole Family
    Zoggs Guide to Swimwear for the Whole Family

    Zoggs Guide to Swimwear for the Whole Family

    When planning a getaway with the family nothing brings you together like the freedom and euphoria of the water. From little ones splashing about to grown-ups swimming away their stress, all the family can share the joy of water on holiday. When choosing swimwear for the family there are lots of options, so we've put together some key tips on what to look out for so that the whole family can swim happy in a sea of great memories this summer.

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    Swimwear has developed a lot over the years, and options for women have never been so vast. Swimwear is no longer only practical but fashionable, too! The Zoggs Swimshapes range uses body shaping features to flatter, enhance and support swimmers so they can look and feel their best both in and out of the water. A flattering fit needn't be black, there’s a fantastic range of colours and prints out there. Swimmers can achieve the perfect support for their own bodies, thanks to the wide range of features offered in women’s swimwear. Features like tummy control for fantastic control and smoothing, combined with a wide range of bust support ranging from shelf bras to fixed cups and even cup sized swimwear, mean that swimmers can enjoy that holiday body feeling all year round. For the more pear shaped swimmer you can now even get a lift for your bottom with a classic booty suit! Multi-way adjustable straps are a great way to ensure a customised and supportive fit, and are just another of the many flattering features in the Zoggs swimwear range. With a variety of colours and bold prints following the latest trends you can brighten up the pool and beach whatever the weather, and with a range of chlorine resistant and chlorine proof fabrics you can trust in your Zoggs swimwear to stand the test of time.

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    Trends have developed well beyond full body bathing suits we saw in the early 20th century, and now men’s swimwear is much more durable, streamlined and stylish. With a variety of styles and lengths designed for either leisure or performance there is sure to be the perfect style out there for any swimmer. For those who want to move away from traditional baggy shorts then Zoggs offer a wide range of men’s sport swimwear which includes jammers, close fitting trunks that stop above the knee, and a shorter hip racer, both offering a more hydrodynamic swim with adjustable waist bands and a wide variety of sizes for fantastic comfort and reduced drag. Taking a dip in the pool is one of the greatest holiday pleasures, so for those swimmers who are put off by wanting a little extra coverage then swimming shorts are the way to go, with several options in leg lengths for a more modest fit, handy pockets, mesh linings and designs ranging from plain trunks to trendy all-over prints.

    Children’s Swimwear

    When buying children’s swimwear it is important to look for fabrics that are Zoggs_2015_03_03_3835owlong-lasting and snag resistant to ensure that hours of play don’t cause them to perish. When holidaying in summer it is also key to look out for sun protection beyond applying sun cream; our children’s swimwear range offers a variety of sun protection for ages 3 months to 15 years-old which is perfect for keeping children protected from the sun’s harmful rays in and around the pool. It’s no secret that children are becoming more and more conscious of style, and with a fantastic range of patterns, colours and shapes in junior an

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