A Swimmer’s Story – Jono Ridler

One always assumes our top athletes have been participating in their chosen sport their entire lives, and we simply could not imagine aiming for and achieving such lofty goals. But imagine yourself in Jono Ridler’s shoes – A soccer player all his life, a snowboarding accident ended badly with a shoulder injury, putting all sport […]

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Generation Homes Legend of the Lake – 2021 Event Report

Cold wintery conditions greeted our swimmers at the stunning Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) for The Generation Homes Legend of the Lake on Saturday.  But the cold southerly wind did not deter as nearly 1600 happy faces took to the warm water, with many embracing the electric atmosphere by taking on 2 or more events, some […]

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Interislander Bean Rock Swim – 2021 Event Report

INTERISLANDER BEAN ROCK SWIM –  COMMONWEALTH GAMES SWIMMER DOMINATES 3.2KM  It was a calm, serene, and simply stunning morning at Auckland’s Mission Bay this morning.  We welcomed nearly 1000 swimmers onto the beach, all excited to take a closer look at the iconic Bean Rock Lighthouse.   Built in 1870, it is the only wooden cottage-style […]

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Interislander Swim the Lighthouse – 2021 Event Report

INTERISLANDER SWIM THE LIGHTHOUSE -THE TEENAGERS TAKE THE DAY!   With not a cloud in the sky and zero wind (yes, that is correct – no wind), Wellingtonians agreed it was the best day of the summer so far, and certainly the best day we have had in the 15 years of Swim the Lighthouse. With […]

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Harcourts Cooper & Co -Swim the Shore. Ben & Marilize Visser

Ben & Marilize are a husband and wife duo who have signed up to tackle all 7 events in The Series this Season! While Ben is an old hand at open water swimming, Marilize is a newcomer having started training in October 2020. Hear what they have to say before and after the Harcourts Cooper […]

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A kick start to kicking A***

A Guest Post by Andrew Mackay of Boost Coaching When I look at many adult swimmers, their kick technique is the key area that they can develop to improve their swimming. Many open water swimmers will argue that they don’t need to kick, but what they don’t realise is that their poor kick, or lack […]

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Harcourts Cooper & Co Swim the Shore – 2020 Event Report

HARCOURTS COOPER & CO SWIM THE SHORE – FOSSIE TAKES OVERALL WIN, AGAIN! The Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series officially launched the 2021 Series with a fantastic turn out of old hands and newcomers alike – gladly putting the trials we all endured this year firmly to bed. What a day! The sun […]

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Improve your Swimming – Dry Land Training Program with Stretch Cords

Guest Post by Andrew Mackay from Boost Coaching When we consider the prospect of the season ahead, whether you are a first timer or a seasoned athlete you want to achieve a good result. You can do specific swim training at the pool and in the ocean but there is always more you can do. […]

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Cold water training

Your comfort zone is a lovely, relaxing place to hang out (hence the name) but not much growth tends to happen there. Sometimes the key to success lies in the very thing you’re trying to avoid. By mastering the ability to train your mind to go the extra distance – even to withstand very cold […]

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How to become a better swimmer when you can’t go swimming

Brave souls are taking to the chilly ocean as swimming resumes around the country, but if your local pool is not yet open, don’t worry, we have found some fantastic tips from leading UK swimmer, coach and instructor Salim Ahmed. Salim’s advice is formulated around four key elements – endurance, core strength, flexibility & mobility […]

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