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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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Arm Recovery and its effect on body position

by Andrew Mackay The arm recovery technique you use can significantly influence the body position in the water. Having coached a large number of adults most struggle to clearly identify what they are doing during the arm recovery as their perception of the arm movement is often quite different than the reality. If you are […]

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Making allowance for tides

I did my first ocean swims last year and was surprised at the number of beginner and expert swimmers who didn’t seem to understand how the tides worked on the swims they were undertaking. As a professional mariner and scuba diver I have a close relationship with tidal flows and their effects. If you have […]

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Things to do in the week leading up to your swim

by Carl O’Donnell: Former New Zealand Swimming Champion and 2012 London Olympian So you have entered the Banana Boat New Zealand Ocean Swim Series and suddenly you have only one week left to prepare for your event. There are a few things I recommend you do, or do not do, in this last week to […]

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Eating for Success: Fail Proof Tips for Pre-Season Training

by Surf Life Saving World Champion, Laura Quilter *Honesty Disclosure! I’m not a qualified nutritionist or dietitian. My suggestions and ideas come from personal experience and observation of other athletes. Nutrition is complex, there are two sides to every idea / study / claim, and I would suggest seeking professional guidance for any major queries […]

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A Family Affair for Waiuku Youngsters

We love that with the four different distances on offer at our events, this gives the opportunity for family members of different ages and swimming abilities to all take part in an event together. At the King of the Bays event this season there were four siblings from the Peverley family that took part in […]

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Race Day Nutrition

by Surf Lifesaving World Champion Laura Quilter Racing is just around the corner and excitement is starting to build. As you wind up for an event, ensuring you fuel your body with the right foods can help you get the most out of the day. With swimming events, my preparation usually begins about three days […]

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5 Tips for Ocean Swim Beginners

by Surf Lifesaving World Champion Laura Quilter Entering an ocean swim event can be a daunting decision. Especially for people accustomed to lap swimming. The stark difference in visibility, turbulence and size can be intimidating. But these differences are what makes ocean swim events so exciting and gratifying. If you’re about to take the leap […]

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Busy Week in Open Water Swimming

A shout out to all swimmers in our community who conquered their challenges this past week. Read on to be inspired by some of these swimmer’s impressive results. Craig McKibbin: After seven days of swimming, through changing weather conditions, Craig completed an 85 kilometre lap of Lake Waikaremoana’s edge, towing a raft of his supplies. […]

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