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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Progress so far...

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Progress so far...

    Now I am quite a few months into my swimming lessons I felt it was a good time to sit down and reflect on my journey so far. There were a lot of ups and downs – but ultimately I feel that I am really getting there!

    Baby steps…

    My first hurdle was getting over my own mental block of actually getting into the water, overcoming my past experiences and fear of drowning. As an adult through talking with my instructor I came to the realisation that although my fear was reasonable, to and extent it was irrational! I swim in a pool where I can touch the bottom with my feet the whole way along, supported by a competitive swimming instructor and strong swimmers all around!

    Lillian during her swim lesson

    Confidence…

    This took me a few lessons to get over actually walking from the changing room to poolside without my towel wrapped around me.
    I soon came to realise that everyone in the pool was there to swim and not judge! Now I walk from the changing room to the pool side - no problem.

    Face in…

    My main issue at the beginning of the sessions was putting my face in the water. I could put my face in, but only up to the bottom of my goggles. My instructor had a chat with me and explained with only putting my mouth and nose in – these we the most vital parts to breathe! It was not logical not to put my whole face in!

    Lillian's 5m Badge

    Flag Goals…

    My biggest success to date was my first swim to the 5 meter pool flags unaided back and front! A few months ago I struggled with the concept of being in a pool, let alone being able to actually swim a few meters confidently!

    Still in Progress…

    My current struggle is t

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  4. 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 our face. Then come up for air!

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    This is my biggest problem at the moment, however much I try, I can't put my full face in! Despite the fact that I am wearing goggles – I have a mental block where I can only put my face into the pool up to the bottom of my goggles but no further. I had a chat with my swimming instructor and she explained that I am already putting my mouth and nose under water, the most vital parts for breathing! It is frustrating because there is no logic to not put my whole face in – especially when I am wearing goggles. This is my next goal – I need to get my breathing regulated and put my face in!

    Chatting to my colleagues in the office, having trust in my goggles is the key element for me putting my face in the water. They advised me that a good fit means having goggles that fit to the contours of my face, don’t fog or let water in. As a kid I often did not have trust in the equipment I was using, which in turn really did not help my confidence in the water. After some impromptu goggle fitting, I decided to switch from the previous Predator Womens to a pair of Womens Predator Flex Polarized Ultra. These provided a better seal around the eyes and I preferred the quick adjustment at the sides.

    I’m hoping this will help me to overcome my mental block and really hit my next goal...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Y68YNEPbWE

    To read more about Lillian's journey 'From Beginner to Honeymoon Swimmer' check out our Zoggs Swim Diaries.

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  5. Introducing Our New Water Confidence Range
    Introducing Our New Water Confidence Range

    Introducing Our New Water Confidence Range

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    At Zoggs we believe

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  6. 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!)

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  7. The Magic of the Zoggs Water Wing Vest
    The Magic of the Zoggs Water Wing Vest

    The Magic of the Zoggs Water Wing Vest

    We love the Water Wing vest so what better way to show this than to find out what others think...

    Since using the Zoggs Water Wing Vest in lessons, it has produced incredible results in the confidence and technique of students. I wanted to share a few stories that stand out in using the product as at first I was cautious putting it on my students and I wasn’t sure how well it would work. While at first it looked as though it would work similarly to arm bands and limit arm movement and inhibit good body position, I found it was completely different to my first impression. Here are just some of the inspirational stories from my students after using the Water Wing Vest:

    Two kids jumping into the pool wearing their water wing vest

    From tears to no fears!

    I have been teaching a girl for around a year and a half. Starting in my preschool class, she has never been able to swim by herself. She has developed her confidence in putting her face in the water, and kicking with aids. Every time the topic of independent swimming was approached she refused. Trying to coax her usually resulted in her breathing in a lot of water and a lot of tears as she was way too tense… After tentatively trying the jacket, she is now able to relax in the water to the point where she didn’t need any help when she had the jacket on with her face in the water. In the lesson this week she was able to swim independently without the jacket; her trust in the water has completely changed – both her mum and I were grinning ear to ear!

    "Both her mum and I were grinning ear to ear!"

    Confidence in numbers!

    We have a school that swims with us around five, 30 minute lessons per year for each group (due to funding). I had mixed Year 1 & 2 group (age 5-7), with 10 children in the group. Using the Water Wing Vests for 10 minutes for just 2 of these sessions, even the most nervous children were able to swim completely without any aids and put their face in the water (Some had never put their face in the water even while standing), and could swim completely unaided for a short distance when the jacket was removed.

    It also benefited the more confident children by teaching them that even with their arms in the air (for front crawl), the water is always helping you to float if you relax. After attempting this stroke with the jacket, in the next lesson they were able to do 5m of front crawl independently. From not being able to swim any distance at the start of the classes, this was incredible! Going forwards, year on year they will be able to build on this foundation of trusting the wat

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  8. Parents' Guide: Taking your child swimming this weekend?
    Parents' Guide: Taking your child swimming this weekend?

    Parents' Guide: Taking your child swimming this weekend?

    It's commonly known that children learn to swim as much from their parents at the weekend, as in their weekly lessons. Although the benefits are evident it can sometimes seem like an uphill struggle at times to take the kids swimming at the weekend, you get them to the pool

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  9. 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

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  10. Introducing Zoggs Water Wing Vests for Learn to Swim
    Introducing Zoggs Water Wing Vests for Learn to Swim

    Introducing Zoggs Water Wing Vests for Learn to Swim

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    At Zoggs, we believe that little ones should be introduced to water at an early age, and given all the support they need to build their confidence. Our learn to swim products are designed and categorised to suit your child's stage of swim development, helping you incorporate fun, safety and learning into every swim session. We've continued to develop our popular range of learn to swim buoyancy aids and have now introduced our new Water Wing Vest for stage 2 of our Stages of Development.

    Once your child is ready to move on from stage 1 products, our new

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