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Searching for Still Water

Does too much head movement negate the benefits of swimming for people with sensitive vestibular systems?.. “ The vestibular system is the sensory system that provides the leading contribution to the sense of balance and spatial orientation for the purpose

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Mindfulness: Word of the Moment

Mental health benefits or meaningless buzzword? “ Aerobic exercise releases endorphins, which makes you feel happy, and gets you out and about talking to other people. These things are probably useful for mental health. But what about mindfulness? What do

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A Sea Swimmer in June

June discovers a new approach to front crawl and takes it into open water. “ When I arrived I could already happily put my face in the water etc – but swimming made me breathe hard and I was ‘end-gaining’

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Surface Tension?

Learning to get your face out to breathe… “ It’s helpful if coming up for air isn’t learnt as part of a formal stroke, because there’s too much to think about then. It’s easier if you spend most of your

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Get creative and enjoy the bohemian pleasures of a dip outdoors… “ There’s a growing number of people who swim outdoors, not for aerobic exercise but for more holistic benefits.” People who recommend swimming for exercise are often unaware of

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Following the Flow

When leading is misleading… “ Anticipation of the next movement and a preconception of what it should look and feel like makes you rush ahead. Ahead of the rhythm of the stroke and the help of the water.” When I’m

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Freedom from Form

Available to everybody including me…“ The four competitive strokes are by their nature restricting. Their purpose is to get us through the water as fast and efficiently as possible. For competitive swimmers, even the best ones, doing too much of

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Not So Slow Sophie

Cheryl makes friends with a head-up breaststroker on holiday and shares her top tips… “ Despite her lovely stroke and confidence, keeping her head above the water simply made her stroke less efficient than everyone else’s. “

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View Pirana Goggles Review

The mirrored version has been Ian’s choice over the summer… “ They weigh almost nothing, and I don’t feel them on my face. They don’t give the sensation of tunnel vision that other small goggles do. The straps are hypoallergenic,

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What’s Welsh for Puddle?

Learning to let learning happen… I’ve lived in Wales for 18 years, my dad’s Welsh and a friend recommended I put myself in the position of learner starting from scratch, like a lot of our pupils. So I’ve started learning

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