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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

Open Water Swim Seminar 1 Date TBC in 2016 Dorney Lake, Berkshire Read more
Open Water Swim Seminar 2 Date TBC in 2016 Dorney Lake, Berkshire Read more
Eton Swim Date TBC in 2016  Dorney Lake, Berkshire Read more
Shock Absorber WomenOnly Challenge Date TBC in 2016  Dorney Lake, Berkshire Read more

Training

The Ultimate Swimming Guide For Beginners
The Ultimate Swimming Guide For Beginners

Swimming is one of lifes greatest pleasures. Whether you dream of being a mermaid or deep sea diver it all begins with swimming. This swimming guide for beginners was put together to give you more information about learning to swim, no matter what your age or ability. Whatever your question...

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Sleep: An essential training technique
Sleep: An essential training technique

A regular sleep routine is a fundamental part of any training schedule, and one that should be respected as much as your CV workouts, strength training, stretching and nutrition regime. In fact, scrimp on your sleep and you run the risk that you won’t get the results you deserve from the effort...

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Beginner sample sessions designed by Karen Pickering for Human Race
Beginner sample sessions designed by Karen Pickering for Human Race

Technique Stroke technique is important especially when swimming long distances. The more efficient your stroke is the more energy you will have to complete a long distance swim. It’s also important to practice “sighting” if you will be swimming outdoors so that you swim the shortest route.

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Karen Pickering's top 10 tips for open water swimming
Karen Pickering's top 10 tips for open water swimming

We are delighted to announce Karen Pickering as ambassador for our Open Water Swim Series! With 13 Commonwealth medals, an MBE and her own swim coaching school (Swim One2One) under her belt, Karen certainly knows her stuff and will be there to support you throughout the series with exclusive tips...

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Sean Conway's top tips for open water swimming
Sean Conway's top tips for open water swimming

We're sure you've already heard of extreme endurance adventurer Sean Conway, and if you haven't, you're missing out! He's the first and only man in history to swim the length of Britain in 2013 from Land’s End to John O’Groats across 900 miles. He has previously cycled the length of Britain (1300...

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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

Rhian Stephenson - Basic Sport Nutrition
Rhian Stephenson - Basic Sport Nutrition

High quality nutrition, consumed at the right time, and tailored for your training regime will result in more efficient training, performance and recovery.

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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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Vitamins and Supplements

Energy myth busters
Energy myth busters

SPATONE® and nutritionist Emma Wight-Boycott separate the energy slump facts from the fiction!

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Are workers out of energy?
Are workers out of energy?

The average British worker ‘runs out of steam’ by 1.40pm on a Thursday, a study conducted by SPATONE® Liquid Iron has revealed.

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Why should Spatone® be your first choice iron supplement?
Why should Spatone® be your first choice iron supplement?

Spatone® has become the UK's best selling iron supplement¹ for a number of reasons... Spatone is natural Spatone is a naturally occurring iron-rich mineral water which is collected and packed straight from the source in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales. The iron in Spatone is highly...

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The Importance of Iron
The Importance of Iron

Lead Legs? A drop in performance and an onslaught of fatigue? Don’t just sit back and watch as your training takes a nose-dive and there seems to be no ‘logical’ reason as to why. Iron depletion is one of those conditions that can disguise itself as being over-trained or under-rested. As a...

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Equipment

To wetsuit or not to wetsuit?
To wetsuit or not to wetsuit?

Swimming in a lake can be a scary prospect, particularly if you’re used to chlorined captivity and the nice straight lanes of a swimming pool! The main question we are asked at Human Race regarding open water swimming is about wetsuits – to wetsuit or not to wetsuit?

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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

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John Brame "I started RG Active with another triathlete, Dermott Hayes, over 5 years ago. It was originally something both Dermott and myself... 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... 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... Read more
Emma Wight-Boycott Emma Wight-Boycott MSc mBANT is a Registered Nutritional Therapist with a passion for simplifying the science. With 17 years... Read more
Karen Pickering Karen Pickering is ambassador for the Open Water Swim Series. With 13 Commonwealth medals, an MBE and her own swim coaching school... Read more
Kerry Bircher Kerry is an enthusiastic and inspiring Personal Trainer and British Cycling coach. These attributes and qualifications enable her to... 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... Read more
Rhian Stephenson Rhian’s unique approach blends modern day scientific knowledge with natural medicine and nutrition to give her clients outstanding... Read more
Jeff Archer Jeff Archer is Managing Director of The Tonic Corporate Wellness, a business dedicated to helping professionals and organisations... Read more
Anita Bean "During exercise, staying hydrated is crucial for achieving peak performance. It may surprise you to know that about 75 per cent of... Read more
Martin Yelling Martin Yelling (PhD) has a background in endurance coaching and performance. A former international runner, elite multisport athlete... Read more
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