Swimming and Health

by Char Young 5 ways swimming can help improve your physical and mental health: 1. Regular swimming can help reduce your risk of major health complications. Exercise, like swimming, which works your cardiorespiratory system, can help reduce the risks of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, various respiratory diseases and some cancers. 2. […]

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Motivation – how do I find it?!

by Char Young Motivation, or lack of, can be one of biggest barriers when it comes to taking up a new challenge. We are often inspired to try a new event, but finding the motivation to transfer the initial inspiration into an action can be a challenging task. Additionally once you have entered the event, […]

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Pacing your Swim

by Carl O’Donnell: Former New Zealand Swimming Champion and 2012 London Olympian Many swimmers finish an open water swim and feel they could’ve swum it differently. If you reserve yourself too much you might finish with energy left in the tank, but going all out from the start risks burning out too soon. Pacing your […]

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The Zen of Swimming – Training for your events so you are ready on race day

Jon started doing ocean races about 15 years ago, including all the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. As a swimmer without a previous competitive background he has had to work on ways of becoming more efficient and smart with training and racing. He wrote the ebook “The Zen of Swimming” to look at how to […]

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Everyday Swimmers

Hello New Zealand Ocean Swim Series Community! We know how intimidating completing an ocean swim can be to some people. So we have found three people who have never done a Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series event, and we will be sharing their journeys to the start line with you! Follow us on […]

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Why Speed is Important

by Carl O’Donnell: Former New Zealand Swimming Champion and 2012 London Olympian The phrase “I only have one speed” is thrown around by a lot of swimmers, and many of them come to me with the goal of getting faster. A common approach to improving swim times is increasing kilometres in training. While this improves […]

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Conquering Self Doubt

by Carl O’Donnell: Former New Zealand Swimming Champion and 2012 London Olympian Whether an Olympian or a beginner, we all go through periods of self doubt. Can I make the distance? Can I beat my rival? This happens because we don’t know what the outcome of an event is going to be, and that worries […]

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The Zen of Swimming – Swimming in rough or cold oceans on race day

Jon started doing ocean races about 15 years ago, including all the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series. As a swimmer without a previous competitive background he has had to work on ways of becoming more efficient and smart with training and racing. He wrote the ebook “The Zen of Swimming” to look at how to […]

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Wetsuit vs. Non-Wetsuit Swimming

by Andrew Mackay While wetsuits are not essential, the majority of swimmers do use them as they do provide a huge benefit by providing buoyancy in the water. Swimming specific wetsuits are quite different to surf wetsuits so if you are going to use one, but don’t own one, I would sooner hire a swimming […]

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Energy Saving Technique Tips

by Carl O’Donnell: Former New Zealand Swimming Champion and 2012 London Olympian Optimising your technique to save energy when swimming is going to help you swim longer and faster. This is a massive advantage when swimming longer distances in the open water. Check out these energy saving technique tips from SWIM360.         […]

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