Category Archives for Open water Swimming

Ocean Swimming Drills in Pool – Part 2

by Carl O’Donnell: Former New Zealand Swimming Champion and 2012 London Olympian While many of us head to the pool in the colder seasons, it’s still important to keep up those ocean swimming skills. One of the ocean swimming skills that can be practiced easily in the pool is sighting. Check out the video below […]

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Ocean Swimming Drills in Pool – Part 2

by Carl O’Donnell: Former New Zealand Swimming Champion and 2012 London Olympian While many of us head to the pool in the colder seasons, it’s still important to keep up those ocean swimming skills. One of the ocean swimming skills that can be practiced easily in the pool is dolphin diving. Check out the video […]

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Ocean Swimming Drills in Pool – Part 1

by Carl O’Donnell: Former New Zealand Swimming Champion and 2012 London Olympian While many of us head to the pool in the colder seasons, it’s still important to keep up those ocean swimming skills. One of the ocean swimming skills that can be practiced easily in the pool is dolphin diving. Check out the video […]

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Changing technique between pool and open water

by Andrew Mackay Arm Turnover – is important in the water as a slow arm turnover gives the open water elements the opportunity to move you in the direction it wants you to. If you can maintain the turnover through each arm stroke you will maintain better forward momentum and minimise your displacement. Ability to […]

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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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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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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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Keeping it fun

by Carl O’Donnell: Former New Zealand Swimming Champion and 2012 London Olympian It’s easy to get stuck in a boring training routine that leaves you lacking motivation by the end of the season. Sometimes we all need to step back and remember why we’re doing this. It’s meant to be fun! Changing it up in […]

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Dryland workout you can do at home

by Andrew Mackay The aim of creating this was to put together a basic plan that could assist someone wanting to improve their swimming that didn’t have access to a gym to complete this. These sessions could be lengthened by completing more sets or reps but a guideline is provided on the video. The goal […]

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