Why Use A Tow-Float in Open Water?

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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 […]

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3 Things for Open Water Swimmers To Do In The Pool

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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…...




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What is sighting? How do you get good at it?

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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…...




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Open Water Event jitters? Manage them with these preparation tips

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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!




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5 Tips to Help You Swim Straighter in Open Water

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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…...




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Choice Hotel Group New Member Offer

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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 […]

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Why do I forget to breathe?

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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…...




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