Have you ever dived into your ocean swim race and felt that the wetsuit that you are wearing was choking you so it was hard to breathe? It was never like this when you did any training right? Whether you are experienced or new to ocean swimming this feeling can happen to anyone and 99%…

  The Cropp family from the North Shore are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the State Beach Series. Siblings 17yr old Jason and 14yr old Jacey are leading the series in their respective male and female divisions for the 1000m swim. The keen North Shore Swimming Club members have been…

Apart from the nutritional properties, the ocean provides a variety of other health-giving elements you can benefit from. Sea water for well-being  Research shows that the sound of waves alters wave patterns in the brain lulling you into a deeply relaxed state. Relaxing in this way can help rejuvenate the mind and body. Also, floating…

We caught up with Michael Deresch for a chat about his awesome efforts in the water. You have swum 53 Beach Series swim events in a row! Was this deliberate to do this many? And if so what is the end goal for you? My first swim of the now 53 continuous was race 14…

Open water swimming opportunities in New Zealand With so much sheltered water, open water swimming in New Zealand has become a popular sport. Any swimmer wishing to test their endurance away from a 50m swimming pool will find ample opportunity to swim in lakes and the sea off the NZ coast. Before venturing into rougher…

Being able to say ‘yes’ to different opportunities and pastimes is providing a new focus for rower Juliette Haigh. The three-time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist retired from her 15-year rowing career in December last year. “Life is very different,” says Haigh, who first started rowing at Takapuna Grammar. “At first I found it…

There is often nothing better than gathering a group of friends and heading out into the open water for a swim, especially when the weather is as great as it is at the moment. Most people will perform these sessions unstructured, with the focus being simple aerobic development and socialising. What these people are missing…

Easy on the Body Ocean swimming is a great fitness choice for just about everyone, especially those who have physical limitations or who find other forms of exercise painful. It is a good, whole-body exercise that has low impact for people with arthritis, weight limitations or injuries. With the new year underway those fitness goals…

Self-confessed triathlon addict Sean Phelps says, like it or not, open water swimming is a contact sport. “The starts are so fast and furious that participating can only help my triathlon training! It helps you get used to all the bumping and jostling that takes place.” The 49-year-old Senior Lecturer in Sport and Recreation Management…

Olympic swimmer Steven Kent says competing in the Harcourts Beach Series adds a lighter side to his rigorous training schedule. “What I enjoy most about the Harcourts Beach Series is using my swimming talents to have some fun, getting out there with everyone and enjoying the nice Tuesday night weather down at Takapuna Beach. I…

 
 

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