Swimming Stars Make a Splash

Summer is here and to celebrate Swimming Australia is encouraging all Australians to revel in their love of the water and through the Australia Swims campaign pledge their swimming distances to swim a virtual lap around Australia from 19-28 January.

Swimming workout for beginner lap swimmers

If you’re new to swimming laps, it can be difficult (and boring!) to swim the same style over and over again in your session. If you switch it up, you’ll not only use all major muscle groups, but you’ll also be building endurance and skill. If you’re a beginner lap swimmer still building fitness and basic skills, here’s a quick 1km swim workout that you can easily fit in before work.

What you’ll need:

  • A kickboard
  • A clock to watch
  • A 50-metre pool – if you’re swimming in a 25-metre pool, count up and back as one lap.

 

Going swimming in the wild this summer? Here are some safety tips to read first!

Exploring natural swimming holes can be a whole lot of fun, but just like with any other swimming spot, there are some things to look out for. Natural swimming isn’t necessarily a high-risk activity, but it pays to be prepared so that you can make the most of your day without worry!   

Do your research

Top spots to swim along the Great Ocean Road

A popular spot for holidays of all kinds over summer, the Great Ocean Road is home to holiday hot spots Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay, Wye River and Warrnambool. With huge stretches of pristine beaches and several great local pools, it can be hard to pick the best spot to swim. Whether you’re a sun or shade seeker, ocean or lap swimmer, the Great Ocean Road has got the spot for you. 

Top Great Ocean Road beaches

Warrnambool Beach

Best Backyard Pool Games

We all have our favourite pool games (read: the pool games we’re best at) but summer is long and hot in Australia so a little variety never goes astray. Here’s a little list of some of our favs.

 

Swim with Dolphins at Glenelg Beach, South Australia

When most people think of Adelaide they might think of Rundle Mall, a tram or churches but it’s a little less likely that that’d think of a pristine beach where you can swim with dolphins

Take the short tram ride from Rundle Mall (see what we did there?) to Glenelg and you’ll be greeted by all the delights of a historic seaside town before you’ve even alighted.  Glenelg was the site upon which the province of South Australia was claimed in 1836 after the first British settlers sailed to South Australia.

Top Three Waterfalls in NSW

As the temperature warms up in New South Wales this weekend, it’s a great opportunity to look beyond the beach and get out of the city for your weekend swimming.

We’ve taken the time to compile the best Waterfalls in New South Wales. And yes, yes you can swim at them all.

 

Carrington Falls and Nellies Glen

Located in the South Coast, Carrington Falls is the point where the Kangaroo river falls over 50 metres to the waterholes and rockpools below.

Kickboard Exercises for Everyone

If you’re on this page you probably already full subscribe to the swimming-for-health mantra, but what you may not know about is all the amazing work outs and exercises that can be done with the humble kickboard. From, glutes, hamstrings and lower body to core and triceps, we’ve got you covered with this universal pool aid.

 

Flutter Kicking Exercise

This is a great activity for glutes, quads and hamstrings and helps perfect kicking technique to improve overall swimming while also targeting specific areas of the body.

Swimming Food from our Australian Dolphins Dietitian

Cauliflower is in season and while you may have memories of bland florets on your plate as a child, the new take on cauliflower is a low energy, filling alternative to rice that’s perfect fuel for a recreational swimmer as we head into spring. Rice might be highly useful for elite swimmers who train heavily but for a recreational swimmer it can be easy to over consume calories, especially after a lunchtime or evening swim.

Florence Falls – Litchfield National Park, NT

Take in the panoramic views of the double waterfall and monsoon forest surrounds at Florence Falls in the Northern Territory.

Located just an hour and a half from Darwin, Florence Falls boasts its own plunge pool set under the cascading water in the ancient gorge created thousands of years ago.
Looking for something more than a quick dip? Take a scenic walk to the viewing platform high above the falls to take in the view of the valley and waterhole below.

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