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OUTDOOR SWIMMING SKILLS Simon Griffiths looks at some basic skills that will make your outdoor swim more enjoyable and, if you race, faster. BETTER BREASTSTROKE Breaststroke is the world’s most popular stroke, primarily because it’s closest of all the strokes to how humans swim instinctively.In this article, Terry Laughlin from Total Immersion explains a markedly more efficient way of swimming breaststroke. Front Crawl Basics Front crawl is the fastest and most efficient known way for swimmers to move across the surface of the water. Mastering it, however, takes time and effort as it requires a complex series of moves involving the whole body. INTRODUCTION TO LONG DISTANCE SWIMMING Introduction to long distance swimming and tips on what to eat and how to prepare for your big swim. HOW IS OUTDOOR SWIMMING DIFFERENT Even if you’ve never swum in open water, you can probably still imagine how it will be different to your local pool, but let’s take a moment to look at some of those differences in more detail. TOP 3 OPEN WATER SKILLS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED Top skills that will help you in open water. IMPROVING YOUR CONFIDENCE Now you’ve done your first outdoor swim, hopefully you’re inspired and ready for more. So, what next? Well, there are a few skills you could learn and practise that will help you become more confident and competent in the water. PREPARING FOR YOUR FIRST OUTDOOR SWIM Proper preparation for your first outdoor swim will make a huge difference to how much you enjoy the experience. VENTURING OUTSIDE Tips before you venture outside to the open waters. The Feel Good Factor Individuals who engage in exercise often report ‘feeling good’ afterwards, people can feel energised or just generally feel happier. Where To Swim Places to swim. How To Get Started Our tips to get started and prepare for your GreatSwim event Busting The Outdoor Swimming Myths Top 10 outdoor swimming myths Improving Your Swimming Joel Enoch, a triathlon coach and sports nutritionist for Clif Bar, official nutrition partners for the Great Swim series, gives some tips to improve your swimming. Fuelling Your Open Water Swim Joel Enoch, a triathlon coach and sports nutritionist for Clif Bar, official nutrition partners for the Great Swim series, shares his advice on foods you should eat during the event. Understanding Proteins, Fats And Carbs Joel Enoch, a triathlon coach and sports nutritionist for Clif Bar, official nutrition partners for the Great Swim series, shares his advice on foods you should eat during the event. SwimRun Kit Essentials Ben and Rhian Martin, World Number 1, SwimRun rankings and Clif Bar ambassadors, give their advice on the kit for your Great SwimRun. Top SwimRun Tips Ben and Rhian Martin, World Number 1, SwimRun rankings and Clif Bar ambassadors, give their advice for the SwimRun. 4 Things To Expect From Great Scottish Swim With the open water swimming season in full swing, set yourself a challenge and take on the Great Scottish Swim when it returns to the Loch Lomond on Saturday 25 August. Keeping You Safe At Great Swim Events Our number one priority is ensuing you have a safe and happy swim with us. 5 Things You Might Not Know About Great North Swim New home, events for everyone, and did someone say craft beer tent? 3 Open Water Swimming Tips For Beginners If you’ve just signed up for your first event and you’re starting to think, ‘what on earth have I got myself into’, don’t worry, you’re in safe hands! Great Swim's 2017 In Numbers 2017 has been a huge year for all of our Great Swimmers. Take a look at the Series in facts and figures 10 Highlights Of The 2017 Great Swim Series With over 15,000 participants diving in for fun, fitness, fundraising or to try a new challenge, 2017 has been an eventful year for the Great Swim Series. 3 Ways To Get Prepped For Your Great Swim From training tips to wetsuits, we've got you covered. Three Technique Tips To Try In Training Just what is Critical Swim Speed? Working On Your Technique If improving your swimming technique is high on your list, take a look at these tips from CLIF Bar. What To Eat In Training Not sure what to eat in training and on event day? CLIF Bar give us their tips. Fuelling Your Great Swim #1 Clif Bar let us in on their top nutrition tips for your open water swim How To Improve Your Great Swim Top tips to help your improve your Great Swim this year Tips for your first 10K marathon swim Top tips to get you through your first open water marathon #MyGreatMum Celebrate your Mum this Mother's Day to be in with a chance to win! #welovegreatswim It’s that time of year again, when you start to think about how much you appreciate the most special person in your life … that’s right – your swimming partner! Prepare for the cooler temperature Open water swimming is very different to the pool, mainly due to the temperature of the water. With the water temperature set to be cooler than last year we want to make sure you enjoy your day as much as possible, so read the following points and be full