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 Bangladesh. In this post Becky tells us, in her own words, how it came about and what she's hoping to achieve.

    Around 50 children drown in Bangladesh every single day. Shocking figure isn't it. So many of us take for granted the fact we can swim and were lucky enough to learn at an early stage. But in many countries, for numerous reasons youngsters never get to l

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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:

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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!

    Jocelyn after her swimming lessonI learnt to swim as an adult. Five years ago I tackled my fear of the water once and for all and started swimming lessons. Not easy, not even fun at times, but very very rewarding. I've found an exercise that is both relaxing, yet taxing; hard work yet n

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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 ins

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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

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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, preferably salty, throw in some challenging waves (although mill pond seas are always inspiring places to swim in too), golden glitter paths to swim through from the sunshine lighting up the sea, and some great swim buddies to share the wonderful experience with.

     

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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.

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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!) So chatting to various swimmers I came up with a packing list….

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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 step of the way as she goes from Beginner to Honeymoon Swimmer…

    Lillian with her fiancee wearing Sombrero's ready for their honeymoon in Mexico

    ‘Do you swim?’ was the most awkward interview question I had ever been asked. Sure

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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 o

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