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Improve Mental Health with Swimming

by Char Jackson (nee Young) Just like our physical health, we also need to look after our mental health. Like physical health problems, mental health problems are very common. In New Zealand, nearly half the population will meet the criteria for a mental illness diagnosis at some stage during their lives, and one in five […]

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Effective Swim Training

by Andrew Mackay The King of the Bays is the final race of the Series and for those that have pushed themselves through the season I’d recommend taking some time after this event to pull back on the swimming and offer the body an opportunity to recover, as well as providing a mental break from […]

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Everyday Swimmers Update

Time for an update from our 2018 Banana Boat NZ Ocean Swim Series Everyday Swimmers! The “Everyday Swimmers” are regular New Zealanders who have never done a NZ Ocean Swim Series event before. We have been sharing their journey of preparing for the event with you, right up until event day. If you haven’t met […]

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The Zen of Swimming – Eating and drinking right to perform your best

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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Generation Homes Hometown Heroes

As part of Generation Homes’ partnership with the Sand to Surf event we asked for nominations of special people in the ocean swimming community so that we could find 3 deserving “Generation Homes Hometown Heroes”. We had some great nominations come through but the standouts who were named our “Generation Homes Hometown Heroes” for 2018 […]

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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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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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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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