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10 tips to create confident little swimmers

1. Play with water at home
You can help their confidence along with some water play. A tub of water outside, sprinklers and even the bath are all great tools you can easily use to help them grow comfortable to water.

2. Enrol them in swimming lessons
As soon as you can and leave the teaching of skills to the professionals.

3. Speak positively
Speak positively about the water, give your child the information they need to stay safe and, most of all, always supervise carefully and closely.

4. Make it a comforting experience
Provide encouragement and let them know you are near them watching and soon they won’t need you at all.

5. Encourage, but don’t push
If they’re not ready, just try suggesting it again next time. They need to feel safe, not threatened.

7. Take them to a range of water experiences
Children need to be confident in all water forms not just the pool. So get them involved with the ocean, lakes, water parks as well.

8. Give them the tools to build confidence
Things like floaties, kickboards and water noodles are great aides for making your child feel confident in the water.

9. Let your child take the lead
Encouragement is important, but your child will let you know when they’re ready to take the next step.

10. Set an example
It’s important to lead by example and show your child that what you’re expecting them to try is safe.

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Techniques for head position while swimming – Part 2 of 2

A few weeks back we showed you part one of Gary Hall Sr discussing correct head positioning while swimming. Gary is back now with part two where he examines the technique of three of America’s best open water swimmers Eva Fabian, Christine Jennings and Alex Meyer.

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Perfecting your Tumble Turn

Gary Hall Snr from The Race Club has some great tips and techniques for reducing drag in the water by using correct head positioning.

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5 reasons why warming up is important

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A good warm up is essential to limit your chances of injury. With swimming using large groups of muscles it is essential that you use efficient movements and maintain a low heart rate so as not to fatigue the body. These 5 tips will give you a good routine to ensure the right outcome.

  1. Warming up helps the body to deliver oxygen to the exercising muscle groups.
  2. Warming up increases body temperature, which reduces the chance for muscle and tendon injuries.
  3. A 5 minute warm-up increases blood flow to the exercising muscles. A greater level of blood reaching the muscles involved in the activity aids in the delivery of the important fuels (e.g., glucose and free fatty acids) required for energy production.
  4. Warming up increases the suppleness of the muscle, thereby enhancing the mechanical efficiency and power of the exercising muscles.
  5. An appropriate warm-up prepares the cardiovascular system for the upcoming (more strenuous) physical activity. Warming up helps to ensure that the cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels) is given time to adjust to the body’s increased demands for blood and oxygen.


Techniques for head position while swimming – Part 1 of 2

Gary Hall Snr from The Race Club has some great tips and techniques for reducing drag in the water by using correct head positioning.

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Techniques for swimming straight in open water

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Advantages of swimming in a swimming squad


Now we are in the full swing of 2014 it is time to work on those goals. Now we assume one of them will be swim longer and potentially quicker, which is easier said than done. For all of you who are a multisporters as well as a swimmer you will know that busy schedules often dictate the level of commitment you are able to give to your swimming. This is where the swim squad comes into its own.

Undertaking length after length in a pool alone may not excite you, but if you put some structure around it, within a great squad with an experienced coach, great gains can be achieved.

Here are our top 10 advantages of joining a swimming squad:

  1. Commitment – you are expected to be there, you don’t want to let others down
  2. Often early in the morning, get your session done before hitting the office, start the day on a high
  3. Squads are often over multiple lanes to accommodate different skill levels so you can see a progression path
  4. Coaches often come from a swimming or triathlon background so their experience will help you achieve specific goals
  5. You can gain consistency from going to 2/3 sessions per week – with feedback you can improve rapidly
  6. No session is ever the same, variety will keep it interesting and identify areas for you to work on
  7. Inexpensive. As part of a squad you are getting access to lots of experience and knowledge, not something you can gain easily by researching online
  8. Confidence. By swimming with others of a mixed ability, you will learn valuable lessons come event day
  9. It is a safe way to swim regularly. We never recommend swimming alone in the ocean
  10. It is fun, once you find the right squad for you they will encourage and support you and you will them.

If you are new to the sport or looking to take your swimming to the next level we have a range of swim squads available here. If you are based in Auckland our Series swim coach, Rick Wells runs regular sessions at Olympic Pool in Newmarket, to find out more click here.