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Human Race Swimming Beginners

   

Open Water Swimming Beginner

On this page you will find a range of support and advice to help get you to the start line in the best shape possible. We hope through providing you with tailored information from our range of partners and experts that you will feel confident and excited about taking part in any event. Take your time to read through the content and if you have any specific questions you can always visit our FAQ page or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

Events Recommended for Beginner Open Water Swimmers

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Open Water Swim Seminar 1 Saturday 17th May 2014 Dorney Lake, Berkshire Read more
Open Water Swim Seminar 2 Saturday 24th May 2014 Dorney Lake, Berkshire Read more
Financial Times Eton Swim Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 2014  Dorney Lake, Berkshire Read more
Windsor Swim Sunday 1st June 2014 Windsor, Berkshire Read more
WomenOnly Swim Sunday 6th July 2014 Dorney Lake, Berkshire Read more
Marlow Swim Sunday 24th August 2014 Marlow, Buckinghamshire Read more

Training

Beginner's Swim Booster Course - Part 1: Getting started
Beginner's Swim Booster Course - Part 1: Getting started

To make progress in swimming you need to do more than simply plod up and down. Rick Kiddle explains how to construct a decent training programme. Follow his plan and excel in your big summer swims. If you’re reading this, there’s a safe chance you love to swim outside. I certainly do. There’s...

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Beginner's Swim Booster Course - Part 2: Overcome your fears
Beginner's Swim Booster Course - Part 2: Overcome your fears

Nervous about open water swimming? You’re not alone. Even the most experienced open water swimmers have the odd fleeting fear about strong currents, waterborne diseases, mass starts and sharks. Rick Kiddle looks at how to keep those worries in proportion. However much we might deny it, those...

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Open Sesame - Getting into Open Water Swimming
Open Sesame - Getting into Open Water Swimming

Getting into open water swimming is not as intimidating as it looks, says Simon Griffiths… Humans, through their use of language, have a strange ability to take something ordinary (swimming, for example) and turn it into something seemingly grander, more special, difficult and exclusive (open...

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Under Starter's Orders
Under Starter's Orders

Your first mass-participation event is always going to be daunting. But, for open water rookies, there’s plenty you can do to ensure it all goes swimmingly. Sports scientist Garth Fox tells you how… It only takes the click of a mouse to sign up for your first open water swimming event. It seems...

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Take it Outside
Take it Outside

The H2Open introduction to the where, what, when, how and why of open water swimming. The ‘who’ is you. Discovering secret beaches, splashing around hidden waterfalls, paddling moonlit rivers... swimming outside has truly caught people’s imagination over the past couple of years. Books and...

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Nutrition

PowerBar Q & A
PowerBar Q & A

1. What sort of products do I need for my event? You need adequate fluid and energy. Sports drinks which are based on a carbohydrate-electrolyte solution contribute to the maintenance of endurance performance and enhance the absorption of water during prolonged exercise. Carbohydrate rich foods...

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PowerBar Nutrition Guide
PowerBar Nutrition Guide

Getting to the finishing line faster needs successful training supported by the right nutrition In order to keep up the pace and achieve a strong finish the body must be supplied with the right amount of fluid and nutrients during an endurance competition. A balanced and healthy diet will give...

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Hydration

Hydration and Performance
Hydration and Performance

By Anita Bean BSc RNutr - Human Race Hydration Expert During exercise, staying hydrated is crucial for achieving peak performance. It may surprise you to know that about 75 per cent of the energy you put into exercise is converted into heat, and is then lost. This extra heat has to be dissipated...

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Equipment

Wiggle Swimming Checklist
Wiggle Swimming Checklist

Whether you’ve been training hard for an upcoming swimming event or you’re considering your first race, you’ll need to make sure you have all the equipment you need to perform at your best. Human Race partner, Wiggle, has put together this handy check list to make sure there are no surprises....

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Wetsuit Buying Guide
Wetsuit Buying Guide

Why should I buy a wetsuit? For many triathletes or novice swimmers, wetsuits can and should give you more confidence. The buoyancy for one means you will always pop up to the surface of the water. Here are some key advantages about the benefits of having a wetsuit. •   Warmth:...

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Why Wear a Triathlon Wetsuit?
Why Wear a Triathlon Wetsuit?

Here are some answers to the most common questions about wetsuits from our wetsuit partner blueseventy! Triathlon wetsuits are made for the express purpose of surface swimming. They were originally introduced to maintain warmth when swimming in cold open water and to provide additional buoyancy...

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Garmin Swim
Garmin Swim

Garmin Swim Stop counting laps — let Garmin Swim™ do the maths. Garmin’s new swimming watch logs your distance, pace, stroke count and stroke type and includes free online analysis, storage and sharing at Garmin Connect™. Garmin Swim also has advanced features for timed sets and logging drills,...

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Swimming Specific Wetsuits
Swimming Specific Wetsuits

Choosing the right one for you Getting the correct size wetsuit for open water swimming and triathlon is quite an art form. We have put these tips together to help you get your wetsuit fitted correctly.

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Panel of Experts

Anita Bean "During exercise, staying hydrated is crucial for achieving peak performance. It may surprise you to know that about 75 per cent of the energy you put into... Read more
John Lunt "I did my first triathlon in 1984. The following year I raced at five more events and it went from there. Ater racing in the Nice triathlon in 1986 I went on... Read more
Simon Griffiths Simon Griffiths is the founder and editor of H2Open, the world’s first dedicated open water swimming magazine. A keen swimmer and multi-sport athlete, Simon... Read more
Martin Yelling Martin Yelling (PhD) has a background in endurance coaching and performance. A former international runner, elite multisport athlete and Hawaii Ironman... Read more
Victoria Pendleton "Cycling has been my passion since I was a child. Through the Cycletta Series I want to inspire women to join me and cycle; as a hobby, a sport, a way to get... Read more
John Brame "I started RG Active with another triathlete, Dermott Hayes, over 5 years ago. It was originally something both Dermott and myself did alongside other jobs... Read more
Stephen Roche "While it is a very hard and sometimes very cruel profession, my love for the bike remains as strong now as it was in the days when I first discovered it. I... Read more
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