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How to do the Great Swim when you're not swim fit If you’re considering taking on the John West Great North Swim or John West Great East Swim and are concerned about a lack of training… Don’t be! 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! Swimspiration While In Isolation: Podcast Favourites If you want to step away from the screen and don’t have the concentration span for reading at the moment, turn to podcasts. What's It like To Be An Elite Swimmer In Lockdown? Outdoor Swimmer spoke to Team GB’s Alice Dearing about how she is staying in shape, sane and motivated while at home. Exercises to Keep Your Body Fit For Swimming SwimforTri's Dan Bullock shares his top five dry land exercises that Great Swim swimmers of all abilities will benefit from. Swimspiration While in Isolation: Reading List There's never been a better time to catch up on your reading and there's no shortage of great books to inspire a swimmer. How To Prepare For Your Great SwimRun Challenge In 2019, Simon Griffiths and his partner won the middle distance event at Great North SwimRun. Here, he talks through his preparations and passes on some of his top tips for you to succeed on the day Five Steps From Pool To Open Water Here's our top five tips to transition from the pool to open water Tips For Your First 10K Swim Top tips to get you through your first open water marathon swim Venturing Into The Open Water Tips before you venture outside to the open waters 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 Essential Outdoor Swimming Skills How you can make your outdoor swim more enjoyable and, if you race, faster Food For A Great Swim Get prepped for your John West Great Swim event with CLIF Bar. 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. Busting The Outdoor Swimming Myths Top 10 outdoor swimming myths 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? 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 #MyGreatMum Celebrate your Mum this Mother's Day to be in with a chance to win! 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