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Jetstar Elite Swimmer Blog – Part 3

Capital Classic – Wellington Warmth As swimmers, most of us are a custom to kickstarting the day before dawn by taking our clothes off in less than ideal colder temperatures and plunging into a pool – the water temperature always making sure that if we weren’t awake before we got in, the fresh rush of […]

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The Myth of ‘3 Stroke Breathing’

Every swimmer knows that bilateral breathing is a good skill to have. But is it something you should be doing 100% of the time or is more relevant to certain situations? Contrary to many new swimmers’ belief, 3 stroke breathing is NOT the norm for a competitive swimmer. Any breathing pattern above 3 (eg 4 […]

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The Myth of ‘Easy’ Swimming

Easy swimming is simply a category of effort, one which when executed properly and also mixed in the right ratios with some hard work will create a great result, just like a recipe. But we need to know these ingredients well and how they need to be stirred together.   To create forward movement in […]

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Is There a Difference in Technique from the Pool to the Ocean?

Swimming technique is essentially the same; no matter whether there’s a line on the bottom and the pool surface is completely flat, or even if you’re in the ocean on a stormy day and there’s big waves all around. So a more pertinent question we should pose is – does YOUR technique change due to […]

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How to Deal with Pre-race Anxiety

  You know that feeling you get before a race. Nearly everybody gets it. Pre-race anxiety is a normal part of racing. Whether you’re an experienced racer who is aiming for a place on the podium or a new PB, or a novice just worried about surviving the distance, nerves add excitement to a race, […]

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Swim Tip – Do I Need To Kick?

Kicking is simply one of the most under-rated but fundamentally important aspects of swimming. It constantly startles me how many triathletes and open water swimmers have the mindset that kicking is not important for ocean or triathlon swimming. It’s good to remember that the world’s best open water swimmers all do more than 90% of […]

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Swim Tip – Freestyle Rotation

  How Much Rotation is Necessary? Rotation is a very necessary part of Freestyle swimming mechanics. Rotation of the body helps you to obtain air when swimming but should never be confined to your breathing strokes. Correct body rotation helps not only improve your leverage and power transfer system but it is also very central […]

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Jetstar Elite Swimmer Blog – Part 2

Harbour Crossing – Nutrition Tips For Travel If you’re a carbohydrate enthusiast like I am, travelling to new places can open up a whole new world of delicious cuisines to tickle the taste buds. On the other hand, I’ve been to plenty of places around the world where I’m either time poor from transiting or […]

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How to Balance Correctly in the Water – the Four H’s

Balance is the relative relationship you have between not only your head and hips, but everything at the front and the back of you. Hand Position – the position in which your hands/arms reach through the water. This needs to be underwater, but neither too deep nor shallow to maintain a body position whereby any […]

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The Importance of Hydration

The Importance of Hydration for Ocean Swimming Whether you are a casual or competitive ocean swimmer it’s important to make sure you are fully hydrated before the race. Attention to good hydration and electrolyte balance is essential not only to your enjoyment of swimming and optimal performance, but also to help prevent muscle cramps and […]

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