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medical considerations for swimming

Not feeling 100%? Find out whether you should or shouldn’t swim:

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how to hold a child in the swimming pool

There are many different ways to hold your child in the water, some more suitable than others depending on the skill you are trying to practise and the confidence level of your child.

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swimming lesson options

Should you book lessons or can you teach your own child to swim?

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why changing your breathing number might change your speed

How many front crawl arm strokes should you do between breaths?

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how personal problems affect your ability to learn

Understanding how personal problems were inhibiting her in the pool helped turn this swimmer from zero to triathlon hero!

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what is a proper swimmer

Do you consider yourself a proper swimmer? If not, why not? In this article, we’ll tell you exactly what makes a proper swimmer…

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you were born to swim

You were born to swim…just as you were born to walk and run, so why do you put yourself down so much?

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how to reduce neck tension

Do you get headaches when you swim long distance? This one small adjustment might make all the difference…

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Focusing on your arms in front crawl can help you to swim further and more easily. Swimmer Jess shares her top tip…

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mindfulness techniques for claustrophobia

For Mental Health Awareness week, Joanna Stone (mindfulness teacher at iConsciously) offers her top three tips for managing anxiety, panic and claustrophobia in swimming…

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how to blow bubbles in the swimming pool

Blowing bubbles isn’t just fun for kids. It’s how you breathe when you’re in the swimming pool. It can be an unusual sensation for many people and may not be as simple as it looks at first.

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how to safely get in and out of a swimming pool

It’s one of the first and most basic skills necessary for learning to swim, but can be embarrassing if you do not know how to safely get in and out of a swimming pool (where there are no steps or ladders available). Watch our videos for a simple demonstration of getting in and out of the pool without using steps.

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how to put on a swimming hat

A simple video showing you how to easily put on a swimming hat.  

how to use a float

Rectangular swimming floats are versatile training aids…not just for little kids!

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a simple way to get started with swimming

Learning to swim for the first time can feel overwhelming. There are so many things to learn! Each technique is complex and takes time to perfect. It can be frustrating getting going.

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reasons why your kick isn't working

This video explains some common problems with kick technique in each of the swimming strokes. If your kick isn’t going anywhere, this video might help you discover why.

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how to use a noodle

A noodle (sometimes called a woggle) is a long, sausage-shaped foam float and is a really versatile piece of swimming kit. Discover how to use one here…

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alternative swimming strokes

There is much more to swimming than Front Crawl, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly.

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turnarounds explained

A “turnaround” is a common swim training exercise and worth incorporating into your session especially if you are aiming to improve your speed.

A turnaround consists of a repeated number of sets of a certain distance and a target time in which to swim each set. The target time includes time to rest.

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returning to fitness

How to successfully return to the pool after a period of absence, from where to start and what to expect…

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what kind of learner are you

We all have different preferences for how we learn best and there are four established styles. Read more about each style and discover how you can optimise your swimming lessons:

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balance in the water

We’re all familiar with those dreams where you feel like you’re falling and you wake up with a sudden lurch forward. The lurch is uncontrollable and is your body’s natural reaction to the sensation of falling. It is bracing you for a heavy landing. Understanding this important natural reflex may be the key to unlocking your ability to swim…

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swimming and mental health

Swimming has long been known for its mental health benefits. So, how do you get started and how do you know if you’re taking it too far?

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flexibility for swimming

A lack of flexibility can cause problems for swimmers. Tight muscles can be easily strained or prone to cramp when swimming and limited range of joint movement can inhibit performance. Working on flexibility is something you can do at home or in the gym.

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counting strokes to improve your distance

The 2020 Summer of lockdown saw many parents taking the opportunity to teach their children how to ride a bike. In fact, most bike shops had completely sold out of stock during this time! Even though swimming pools were closed, it turns out that a strategy used in swim teaching made all the difference to a little girl on two-wheels…

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Getting your goggles to fit right makes a big difference between an enjoyable swim and a frustrating or painful swim. Here we discuss the different types of goggles and how to fit a pair of swimming goggles properly.

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dry drowning and secondary drowning

When it comes to water, nothing is more frightening than the thought a child could drown. It is this very fear that drives most parents to want their child to learn how to swim. However, a lesser-known but just as serious situation is that of Dry Drowning or Secondary Drowning.

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learn the lingo! Swimming words explained

Know your stuff with this glossary of swimming-related words:

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