The CPR mannequin. This boy took a lot of rescuing during the course, hence all the mouth wipes

How and why I became a qualified lifeguard

Thanks to Aquaterra I am now a fully qualified lifeguard. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for several years now, but never got round to. Like most kids learning to swim in the 1970s, swimming lessons were spent jumping into water in your pyjamas which you then had to take off (swimming trunks underneath [...]

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Masters of our destiny

Last week Masters swimmer Joe Twyman wrote a great piece for The Guardian about Masters Swimming. But is it all about ‘managing decline’ and trying to relive former glories? Here we get a different opinion from fellow Barnet Copthall masters swimmer, Rachael Coleman. It’s a cold, rainy Friday morning and I find myself in the school playground [...]

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Review: Swim Britain, London Fields Lido

One thing that probably puts people off swimming more than anything else is the thought of ploughing up and down a lane  in an overly chlorinated pool with only yourself for company. So when the offer came to take part in a relay event at an outdoor pool that I hadn’t , I’m ashamed to [...]

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Mark Foster joins Goggleblog for Swim Britain at London Fields

Looking forward to hooking up with Mark Foster at London Fields Lido for the British Gas Swim Britain event a week on Sunday (September 29). Mark, who is a SwimBritain ambassador and former Olympian specialising in 50m Freestyle and Butterfly will be on hand at the challenge – hopefully giving hints and tips about how [...]

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Swimming World Champs. What went wrong for the Brits in Barca?

Athletics, sailing, cycling – you name it at London 2012 we won it. Since then, there have been several success stories too with victories at Wimbledon, in the Tour de France and The Ashes (OK Chris Froome is really Kenyan, critics argue, and weather played a small part in our Ashes victory but, even so!)  [...]

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Review: Vorgee Missile goggles (£20 approx)

Vorgee is probably a brand you’ve never heard of. That’s because it is relatively new. Founded in Australia in 2005, the family owned  firm sells a range of products including equipment such as pullbuoys, hand paddles and training fins as well as goggles. Since launching in the UK around 18 months ago with a base [...]

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Sean Conway talks about his Land’s End John O’Groats swim

On June 30th adventurer Sean Conway will set off on a swim that has never before been tried. He will attempt to swim the iconic route from Land’s End to John O’Groats, completing the length of the English Channel each day for 50 days to reach the 1000 mile or so distance! Goggleblog caught up [...]

Kids learning life saving skills seems a rarity these days. Picture courtesy of Westholme School where the kids are taught life saving.

Shocking: over 50% kids unable to swim a length when they leave primary school

There was a time when every school kid, it seems, not only learned to swim, but also carried out basic life saving. Talk to any child brought up in the 1960s and 1970s and they’ll probably tell you funny tales of how they blew up their pyjama bottoms to make a float, trod water for [...]

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Interview: Olympic Gold Medallist Duncan Goodhew talks about Swimathon 2013

Duncan Goodhew became a household name when he won Olympic Gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, swimming 100m breaststroke. Famous for his bald head (he lost his hair when he fell out of  a tree aged 10), he is the President of Swimathon, a charity that has raised over £38 million. Swimathon 2013 takes place [...]

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Becky Adlington retires to focus on encouraging children to swim

Yesterday when it was announced that her coach Bill Furniss is to take up the head coach role at British Swimming I had hoped that maybe, just maybe, Adlington would change her mind about retiring from the sport she loves. Sadly it was not to be. Years and years of getting up at 5am to [...]