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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Marathon Swims, Swimming's Ultimate Challenge
    Marathon Swims, Swimming's Ultimate Challenge

    Marathon Swims, Swimming's Ultimate Challenge

    Every sport has its “Everest”; an iconic distance that is aspirational, challenging and just the right side of achievable. A challenge that you just have to do – “Just because it’s there”. Running has its 26.2 mile marathon, triathlon has its 140 mile Ironman, cycling has its 100

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  5. 12 Christmas Excuses for a Swim!
    12 Christmas Excuses for a Swim!

    12 Christmas Excuses for a Swim!

    We all know that Christmas is the perfect time for that warm glass of Mulled
    Wine or the cheeky couple of Chocolates! Here at Zoggs we believe that instead of feeling guilty, your favourite festive treats create the perfect excuse to jump in this Christmas!

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  6. 10 Fun Christmas & New Year Swim Events in the UK
    10 Fun Christmas & New Year Swim Events in the UK

    10 Fun Christmas & New Year Swim Events in the UK

    After delivering all those presents, Father Christmas likes to take a refreshing dip in the North Pool (see what we did there?!), and you can enjoy a festive swim too at any of these 10 fun Christmas and New Year swim events in the UK:

    On Christmas

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  7. Christmas Gift Guide for Swimmers
    Christmas Gift Guide for Swimmers

    Christmas Gift Guide for Swimmers

    From toys for water-babies to goggles for grown-up swimmers, you can find the perfect presents for the ones you love this Christmas at Zoggs. Here’s our top Christmas gift selections for swimmers this festive season;

    Gifts for Little Swimmers:

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  8. Swim Yourself Proud with the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Swimathon 2016
    Swim Yourself Proud with the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Swimathon 2016

    Swim Yourself Proud with the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Swimathon 2016

     

    Swimathon at London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park 23/3/14
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  9. Stylish women’s swimwear for 2015
    Stylish women’s swimwear for 2015

    Stylish women’s swimwear for 2015

    Getting the most out of your swims is all about feeling fab and looking great, and our latest line of costumes for 2015 showcases the very best in fashion. With our unique expert knowledge of swimwear, our range is perfect for pool training, at the beach, or just lounging

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  10. Rosanna's Sponsored Swim
    Rosanna's Sponsored Swim

    Rosanna's Sponsored Swim

     

    Rosanna Ogden Sponsored swim
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