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Choosing an open water swimming club If you’ve never swum in open water before, what’s the best way to get started? We’d suggest trying an open water swimming club to build your skills and you'll be open water confident in no time! Post-Swim Soup Recipes Ditch the tin opener and try out these delicious post-swim soup recipes from our official title partner Arla. Get recipes here. Pre-swim breakfast inspiration For pre-swim breakfast inspiration – look no further. Kick start your morning with these delicious recipes from Arla. Get recipes here. Filling post-swim recipes Head into another day of training with a spring in your step courtesy of an Arla-inspired pre-swim breakfast. Get recipes here. Looking for a health boost? Try open water swimming If you’ve committed to getting fitter and healthier, open water swimming might not be top of your list to try. But why not? Post-Swim Snack Recipes Try these post-swim snack recipes from Arla to munch on after your swim. Too delicious to keep just for breakfast, so feel free to indulge any time of day. Pre-swim breakfast recipes Head into another day of training with a spring in your step courtesy of an Arla-inspired pre-swim breakfast. Get recipes here. Plan your Great North Swim Thousands will be snapping on their swim caps, adjusting their nose clips and diving into nature at the Arla Great North Swim. Read our guide to Windermere. High protein, even higher flavour meal ideas These delicious and easy high-protein recipes will get you feeling great in the water and accelerate your recovery. Supercharge Your Swim with a Delicious Smoothie We run through two delicious smoothie recipes, packed with the nutrients to help you fuel your swim. Getting prepared for the big day The Arla Great North Swim is nearly here. Dr Hussain Al-Zubaidi shares 10 top tips to help you prepare and get the most out of it How to choose a wetsuit for open water swimming Here's what you need to know when choosing a wetsuit Swim Your Way to Health Dr Hussain Al-Zubaidi Channel 4 TV Doctor (Steph's Packed Lunch) and Swim England clinical advisor lists some of the health benefits of open water swimming, and the science behind it. Open Water Safety Guide to Lake Swimming Here's your handy checklist to equip you with a safety guide to wild swimming in a lake. Essential Outdoor Swimming Skills How you can make your outdoor swim more enjoyable and, if you race, faster Training tips for your first outdoor swim If you’re new to outdoor swimming, the idea can be a bit daunting. Never fear though: follow our top training tips and you’ll soon be in shape to conquer the waters! What to wear for your dip into nature There aren’t any ‘best dressed’ awards in outdoor swimming, but you will need some basics to stay warm, stay safe and swim your best. Ready to find out what you should be packing in your swim bag? Let’s go… Power up your porridge ready for an outdoor swim We’re sharing two ways to make a winter staple - porridge - a bit more appealing, and definitely a bit more powerful. 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 to Keep a Positive and Motivated Mindset It is so important to focus on our mental health. Here are some tips to stay positive, keep motivated, and help you to look after your mind and mental health. 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. Swim Secure Guide to Lake Swimming This beginner’s guide has been written to equip you with the knowledge and confidence to get the best out of lake swimming Three Technique Tips To Try In Training Just what is Critical Swim Speed? Five Steps From Pool To Open Water Here's our top five tips to transition from the pool to open water 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. 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 How to do the Great Swim when you're not swim fit If you’re considering taking on the Great North Swim and are concerned about a lack of training… Don’t be! Working On Your Technique If improving your swimming technique is high on your list, take a look at these tips from CLIF Bar. 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! Food For A Great Swim Get prepped for your John West Great Swim event with CLIF Bar. 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 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 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. Keeping You Safe At Great Swim Events Our number one priority is ensuing you have a safe and happy swim with us. 3 Ways To Get Prepped For Your Great Swim From training tips to wetsuits, we've got you covered. What To Eat In Training Not sure what to eat in training and on event day? CLIF Bar give us their tips.