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"
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"
Want to know how to reduce the amount of plastics supporting your swims, and ditch those dreaded single-use plastics? Read on for marine biologist Finn van der Aar’s tips.Continue reading "Can We Make Open Water Swimming Plastic-Free?"
Water is our solace, and swimming is our meditation. We thrive on it, but is our impact on these environments as positive as the impact they have on us?Continue reading "Is Your Wild Swimming Actually Eco Friendly?"
Thanks to Choice Hotel Group, all new Me and the Water members from July 10 to August 16 will be entered into a prize draw to win a hotel break and family Open Water activity From coast to coast, Choice Hotel Group hotels are located in the popular cities of Galway and Dublin, as well […]Continue reading "Choice Hotel Group New Member Offer"
Tomás Lynn, Swim Ireland Open Water Programmes Coach It sounds simple but picture yourself, you’re learning to drive, trying to remember the brake from the clutch, checking your mirrors and trying not to stall.. For anyone who has learned to drive they will remember that it was a difficult process. Now what if I told…...Continue reading "Why do I forget to breathe?"