Active Blu - Open Water Venue.

Active Blu - Open Water Venue.

Friday, 11 December 2015

12 hours in the water - Swimming up stream....

12 hours in the water - Swimming up stream....

What a team of swimmers have decided to do to support a community. 

Keswick 2015

As many of you know the North of the country has been badly effected by the floods. As Active Blu is based in Cumbria and Lancashire with many of the squads families, friends and businesses have been effected by the horrendous floods. 

The Coaches, Squad and 315 Health Club staff and members are joining together for a 12 hour swim at their venue in Lancaster. 

The plan to have 4 lanes and 4 groups swimming non stop for 12 hours......This is to raise funds to support those effected by the floods and bring people together to support the community. 

On 19th dec 2015 at 8am we start this challenge - We have 4 teams of people coming together and swimming for 12 hours. 

Lane 1 - Active Blu coaches - Emma, Tom and Paddy will take it in turns to swim from 8am - 8pm - Ouch. 

Lane 2 - The Active Blu Swim Squad have a team that will try and swim further then the coaches.

Lane 3 - 315 Health Club Staff - Ceri, KJ and Glen - Who have been badly effected my the floods will take it in turns to see how far they can swim over the 12 hours.

Lane 4 - 315 Health Club Members and Staff will get together to take on this challenge to try and beat the staff teams distance.

This is BOUND to get exciting....!!!

This will not be an easy day - However will support those that have been affected by the floods and will raise funds to help in a small way.

Please support us in any way and if you would like to join the Active Blu Swim Team for the 19th Dec at 8am - email me now -

Or if you fancy doing a similar event with you club I would love to hear about it. 

Keep Happy and Safe

Thank you for your support

Emma Brunning

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Lots of news....

Whats been happening!!

Time goes by so quickly.... its important we stop now and again to appreciate, celebrate just how much we have achieved this year, its also a good time to thank all those around us that have supported our challenges and aspirations.

Abingdon - 3 day course 2015

I realised that looking back, the last time I posted was in May. Well it has been a busy 7 months, however I think as someone that likes to support and educate people I will write and share much more - at least on a monthly basis. For now lets have a quick catch up as some exciting things have been happening.
Active Blu Venue 2015

Open Water Stuff....
The 2015 Open water swimming season was a great success - Not only seeing record numbers take to the water in Active Blu sessions on Windermere, but the Great North Swim saw over 10,000 swimmers take the plunge into the Lake and events all across country saw a massive increase in popularity. A massive thank you as always to the Active Blu safety team - They are legends, supporting the swimmers so much in the water. A team that gives more then they need. Thank you.

Exciting news for coaches - British Triathlon and Swim Smooth designed the New Open Water CPD  which we are just finishing in the next few months - This will support newly qualified and existing level 2 and 3 coaches to gain valuable experience and answer any questions you may have about coaching in the OW. This will go live in summer 2016.  Watch this space.

Chicago Worlds - 2015

USA Trip....
Chicago - I was lucky enough to head out to Chicago in Sept for a month to spent time at the ITU worlds supporting the USA para dare 2 tri team. It was an amazing trip and I was inspired daily by the individuals that competed. Some using a race chair for the first time to those that have qualified for Rio and are training hard to see what can happen in 7 months time. I got to work with some amazing athletes and they certainly taught me many things about my coaching and the power of a supportive team, they are a great charity / organisation - Worth having a look at what they do. I am still wondering how I use what I have learnt back here in the UK, but I am certain I would like to do more in this area.
Para - Elite race on its way

This is a must - Take 5 mins to watch who I was working with. - Dare 2 Tri. 

Lizzie and Joe ready for swim. 

Level 3....
Exciting personal news - I started my level 3 in January 2015 and last week I heard I had finished all my work and passed it - So I am delighted to announce I am now a level 3 British Triathlon coach. I would like to thank all the tutors and specialists that made the course so worth while.
Coach Ed days - Lancaster

Active Blu....
The coaching team at Active Blu just keeps getting bigger. We Now have Paddy and Sarah that do an amazing job of coaching the squads when I am away from base. We have Tom that also helps with the squads but has started doing Video Analysis too - If interested to book in with Tom check this  out. Toms Video Analysis  I must thank these 3 amazing coaches as with out them I would be able to keep developing and learning and leaving the squads in such great hands - Thank you.

Coaching in Lancaster

Swim Smooth Coach Education Manager. I have had this position now for just under a year and this allows me to train, support and mentor coaches across the world as they train to be certified coaches. I have meet some world class coaches in Perth this year - who are soon to be announced as new Swim Smooth coaches and I fly back out to Perth in Jan to run the certification programme for 12 more international coaches.

Swim Smooth Coaches. 

The first ever Swim Smooth CPD - In Nov all the certified coaches across Europe came together in London for a day to develop and share practise. It was a great day not only to meet everyone again, but as Paul had come over from Aus and Adam was also there we looked at new methods of coaching, business development and shared lots of stories and findings from the pool deck and open water. Thanks to all the coaches for attending.
Abingdon Coaches - 3 day course

2 x 3 Day Swim Smooth Coach Education Courses. This year we ran 2 coach ed courses one in Oxford at Abingdon and the other in the North at 315 Health Club, Lancaster. They both saw 100s of coaches apply and 20 coaches selected for each of the courses. They were both very successful and the caliber of coaching was a pleasure to see. It certainly was a fun few weeks.
Lancaster Coaches - 3 day course

Active Blu Squads - Well what can I say and I may be biased - But they are amazing, not just because they continue to make improvements with their swim times and efficiency, but because of how supportive they are to one another. It is truly an wonderful group of people, I feel so privileged to be part of it.  Geeky CSS facts - We have seem some of the biggest losers dropping 17 sec per 100m for 1500m over a 10 week period... WOW !! But then having done this over the following 10 weeks they dropped a further 12 sec per 100m ....what a year and thats just one example - Well done team and I look forward to celebrating your success at xmas. :) Remember to book your place fro 2016 squads - New swimmers / Triathletes welcome.
Showing the squad - What their pacing is like - Whats holding them back. 

Going forward...Come get involved or if you are stuck for a pressies for a loved one this are a few ideas:

In the new year we have NEW Squads, Clinics and Video Analysis Date LIVE NOW:
2016 Swim Day clinics
Thursday 6.15am
Sunday 5.15pm
Sunday 6.30pm
Video Analysis with Emma
Video Analysis with Tom

What ever you have been up to this year - Make sure you celebrate your achievements and if you have dreams and goals for next year make sure you make them happen. I would love to hear what you have planned. Exciting times.

For now take good care and Just keep Swimming

Best Wishes