Active Blu - Open Water Venue.

Active Blu - Open Water Venue.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Swim Smooth / Tri England Open Water Day.

On Saturday the 22nd June, the Blue Lagoon hosted the Swim Smooth / Tri England Open Water Day. 

Photos by Jason Newsome
As the Swim Smooth coach leading the day, I had a fantastic opportunity to support and work with 9 Volunteer British Triathlon Coaches, Venue staff, Safety Team and additional Tri England employees. 

Identifying important drills.

The day ran very smoothly, with the morning starting with 30 novice Open Water swimmers. The Coaching Team were able to support these athletes, giving them confidence in taking those first steps into the open water and encouraging them to practice their newly learnt skills.

The afternoon consisted of an advanced group of 30 open water swimmers. After some theory in the class room, the coaches soon put them through their paces with some sighting, drafting and turning practice, before finishing off with a mass start and mini race.

I would like to thank everyone involved in the day and the great venue staff at the Blue Lagoon.

If you are interested in getting involved in an open water day near you, either as a coach or athlete, check this out:

Monday, 17 June 2013

A weekend of achievements - The Great North Swim - Not just a swim event.

The Great North Swim - Not just a Swim Event.

Blue Wave Warming Up.
  WOW, what a weekend....

With nearly 10,000 swimmers participating in either the 5km, 2 mile, 1 mile or 500m swims,  It was certainly a weekend to remember. 

As a coach, friend and supporter, it was fantastic to see all the swimmers dedication, training and dreams come true. The weekend was not just a swim event, but also an example of peoples desires to achieve personal goals, support charity's of their choices and step out of their comfort zones to really challenge themselves. 

The event was a great success, full of smiles, laughter and achievements. As a coach, I am delighted and proud of everyone who Swam, supported or attempted the distances. 
Tom and Lisa - Take on the mile

The conditions as always in Windermere are changeable, with this weekend being no exception. On Friday and Saturday swimmers experienced really choppy waters, putting all their training to the test from the very start, with Sunday proving to be a calmer day with stiller waters.
Tim and Coach Emma

So to everyone involved this weekend, Well done and congratulations on your swims. 
Truly something to be proud of. Active Blu Swimmers really had a great turn out at the event and their passion for open water swimming really shone through.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Great North Swim - A Weekend Of Swimming.

Active Blu Sessions Go wild

Well it has been a great start to the open water season and even through the water took a bit of time to warm up, it has now reached a reasonable temperature.

I would like to say both thank you and well done to everyone that has already been taking part in the sessions at Active Blu`s venue on Lake Windermere.

Thursday Nights have seen record numbers turning up to get a coached session or just practice their open water skills. With the skills and Introduction to open water courses being packed with passionate, enthusiastic people wanting to improve their performance or just give it ago.

This weekend is the Great North Swim where Lake Windermere will see over 10,000 people take part in the event and swim its waters.

If you are after any last min advice, support, tips or just a friendly face, myself and a colleague will be at the Lake District National Park stand to offer any last minute help, alternatively come see us post event to let us know how you got on.

My advice for your event would be to:
1 - Stick to your event plan. Do not change your plans last minute.
2 - Know you have done everything you can in training, now its time to put it into practice.
3 - Keep calm and concentrate on your own personal goals and needs pre and during the event.
4 - Breathing correctly is the key to success, relaxed exhalation.
5 - Enjoy the event and smile lots.

Call me on: 07769150154 if you are having trouble finding me.

Thursday Night Training is on as usual - Feel free to turn up early and ask any burning questions you may have regarding the event.