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Swimming Inspiration

i get paid to drown

She swam 6 days a week for months so she could get paid to drown…hear Catherine’s story of how she trained to be a stunt woman…

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a lifelong love of water

Cherry’s mum taught her to swim and instilled a lifelong love of water, from triathlon to SCUBA, freediving and wild swimming. Read Cherry’s story here…

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I finally realised I was never a failure

Competitive swimming made Elliot feel like a failure, but taking it up again in adult life made him realise how good he actually was. Find out how he learned to love swimming again…

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first triathlon at 50 then i competed for team gb

Max signed up for his first triathlon at the age of 50 as a “bucket list challenge” and ended up competing for Team GB! Read his story here…

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A corporate triathlon re-ignited Jess’ interest in swimming, but she learned that you don’t have to be perfect to enjoy swimming. Read her story here…

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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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my daughter lost interest in swimming so I joined the class!

When Sophie Reid lost interest in swimming, mum Veronika had an ingenious idea…

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i fell in the pool and overcame my fear

Sometimes, problems can be overcome in unexpected ways!

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when superman got rescued

The first time he swam in a lake, he was rescued….then he took part in the biggest triathlon in the world!

We chat to Michael Penning – Triathlon Superman!

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paddleboard tricks

We tried Stand Up Paddleboard tricks for the first time…it didn’t go well!

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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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recommended reads: the great book of the pacific

Some skills you may never have considered useful for sailing might turn out to be more rewarding than you ever imagined…

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flyboarding

Flyboarding is a fun activity, great for teambuilding days and an experience you’ll never forget. But what is it, how does it work and what swim skills do you need to enjoy flyboarding?

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british military diving

We chat to Captain Joshua Thomas about what it’s like to work as a diver for the British Army and the swim skills you need…

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how to be a stunt double

Performing stunts on film and television is an exciting job and a great way to use your swim skills!

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films about swimming and watersports

Films and TV can inspire and educate. In this article, we’re compiling a list of movies all related to swimming and other water sports. We’ll be adding to the list so check back later for more!

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can you beat an olympian?

Compare yourself to historical Olympic results and see if you could have won gold in a previous life…

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set yourself a challenge

Without a focus, swimming can be a bit boring (though of course it can also be quite meditative and relaxing), so set yourself a challenge to stay motivated, committed to exercising or to push yourself a bit harder than usual. Take a look at some of our suggestions…

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city wild swimming a unique lockdown experience

The Coronavirus lockdown of 2020 created a unique opportunity to Wild Swim a post-apocalyptic city…

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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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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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the right way to run

Christopher McDougall’s book Born to Run (2010) taught me a valuable lesson about the “right way” to train…

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it's never too late to start

If you’re coming to swimming later in life and wondering what options are out there for competing or whether it’s possible to achieve a decent result, let me introduce you to Chrissie Wellington…

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