zoggs swim diaries

  1. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Swimming the Bangla Channel
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Swimming the Bangla Channel

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Swimming the Bangla Channel

    On the 29th of January 2018 Becky Horsbrugh will be the first British person to attempt to swim the Bangla Channel in the Bay of Bengal. It's a 16km (10 mile) sea route from Teknaf to the Saint Martin’s Island, in southern B

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  2. 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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  3. Zoggs Swim Diaries: Swimming Butterfly (it's all about the flow, or so I'm told)
    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Swimming Butterfly (it's all about the flow, or so I'm told)

    Zoggs Swim Diaries: Swimming Butterfly (it's all about the flow, or so I'm told)

    What makes Joc #SwimHappy? The friendships, the conversations, escaping the kids and most of all the challenges! This week Joc shares how she challenged herself to conquer the ultimate stroke…Butterfly!

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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.Susie Rodgers sitting on the side of the pool

    I started swimming when I was young and living in Egypt because of my father’s job. We were in Cairo, it was boiling hot and there were opportunities to take weekend trips and holidays to the Red Sea. I remember even as a six year old my parents wanted me to learn this life skill. I was wearing my arm bands and
    paddling in the hotel pool and my Dad was holding me and suddenly he just whipped the arm bands away and said “try copying your older sister”! I naturally panicked but once I relaxed, the flow came and that beautiful sense of calm and release of not having to wear my artificial arm and leg just took control and I managed a few, somewhat scrappy, doggie paddle strokes to get to the other side of the pool. That was it, I was hooked for life. I went on a trip to the Siniai in the Red Sea and we went out into the big blue on a yacht. As soon as we moored, it took me no time to jump in with my snorkel and mask and to observe the beauty of emptiness beneath me. I was not afraid; I was in awe of such a magical and incredible environment. This started a love affair with the ocean, sea and marine creatures that stays with me today.

    "the way that my body, despite its imperfections, moves through the water... is a thing of beauty and is why I love the water so much."

     

    After my Gold winning performance in Rio last year in the 50m Butterfly, I had already planned a trip to Australia and to visit the Great Barrier Reef, which I have wanted to do since I was that six year old in Egypt. I was the first in the water as the boat moored in the open ocean by the reef and I started deep diving holding my breath, letting my body ride with the current and watching a carpet shark as it rested on the reef beneath me. I took several moments to pause and look at th

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  8. 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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  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. 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 orcas, sharks and jellyfish to hurricanes.

    Michael has teamed up with Zoggs for this epic event and is currently training in Ireland and England alongside his full-time work schedule as an IT engineer.

    Michael Ventre preparing to swim in Open Water in his Predator Goggles and Zoggs Swim Cap

    Starting in the Hudson river in New York and ending in the Thames in central London, Michael’s challenge is equivalent to swimming the length of Great Britain almost four-and-a-half times.

    As well as swimming the English Channel, Michael, who is aged 39, has completed two other ‘Oceans Seven’ extreme swims - the Molokai Channel in Hawaii and the Catalina Channel in Los Angeles. He also swam from Robben Island to Blouberg in Cape Town in 2013 in freezing shark-infested waters and has become an accomplished ice swimmer, participating in the Winter World Champio

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