I was bricking it! The target was a tall metal structure in the middle of The Little Beach to the left of the busy little fishing harbour. The cries of encouragement were mixed with those of the circling seagulls, normally more enamoured by the discarded chips of tourists. I was out of my depth and […]Continue reading "The Kilmore Kippers by Jacintha Cloney"
You’ve seen the water dotted with them, but why should open water swimmers use a tow-float? First of all, let’s explain what they are. A tow-float is a small, brightly-coloured inflatable that you attach to your body via a waist band and leash. It floats along behind you as you swim, making you more visible […]Continue reading "Why Use A Tow-Float in Open Water?"
Winter in Ireland means cold water getting colder and open water swims getting shorter – or disappearing altogether. But you can still get your swimming fix and improve your open water swimming in the pool! Swimming in the pool is essential to improving and maintaining your swimming fitness, and following a good training plan, getting…...Continue reading "3 Things for Open Water Swimmers To Do In The Pool"
Everyone at the lake was staring at us. I guess it’s human nature, when you hear a blood curdling scream to stop and stare. My 8-year-old son was screaming like he was in an audition for Jaws, and my 7-year-old daughter was swimming out to the middle of the lake, laughing hysterically at the excitement […]Continue reading "The Miracle by Emma Callanan"
One key difference between pool swimming and open water swimming is that you have no lane lines or markings on the floor to follow. The world is literally your oyster and you can go in any direction you please, for as long as you wish. The downside to this new-found freedom is you have to…...Continue reading "What is sighting? How do you get good at it?"
There's swimming with your friends and people you know. Then there's Open Water Events and group activities. It's perfectly alright to be apprehensive, anxious and have doubts about your first, or any new Open Water Event!Continue reading "Open Water Event jitters? Manage them with these preparation tips"
Why can’t I swim in a straight line when swimming in open water? It’s a common question we get asked all the time, and the answer is a combination of factors that need to be worked on. Here’s what we see as the main ones to take a look at: 1. Sighting Sighting is when…...Continue reading "5 Tips to Help You Swim Straighter in Open Water"
We're running a competition for Me and the Water members in July and August and asking them to tell us the story of their Swim Group in 200 words, so to help them out, we've got our resident journalist Jessica Lamb to jot down some top tips!Continue reading "Tips For Writing Your Swim Story"
We’re giving Me and the Water members the chance to WIN a photo-shoot worth €500 for their Swim Group, complete with Me and the Water goodies! This photo-shoot will take place at your local swim spot and will provide you with memories to last a life-time! We’ll also feature some of the photos on Me…...Continue reading "WIN a photo-shoot for your Swim Group!"