Surreal Swimming Video Clips

admin : January 6, 2017 10:22 am : Blog

A selection of surreal swimming themed video clips

Swimming video clips image by Razihusin (via Shutterstock).

Firstly, we at Swim and Leisure Supplies would like to wish all our customers, old and new, absolute beginner or seasoned pro, a Happy New Year. As the daily grind returns to the fore, we would like to present a selection of video clips to keep you amused. more »

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Ben Hooper’s Atlantic Ocean Challenge

admin : November 15, 2016 12:55 pm : Blog

2,000 mile Atlantic Ocean swimming challenge part of a charitable cause

Dhaka harbour, towards the Atlantic Ocean.

At this moment in time, 38-year-old Ben Hooper from Cheltenham is in the midst of a swim across the Atlantic Ocean. Over the last three years, he has sought sponsors and media partners for his challenge. Yesterday, he began the first strokes of his epic swim from Dakar harbour, Senegal. He aims to finish his swim by March 2017, at Natal, Brazil.

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Swimming Armband History & Safety Tips

admin : October 20, 2016 2:54 pm : Blog

Learning to swim can be a daunting task especially for younger people. The feeling of safety in a swimming pool can be a disadvantage when learning to swim without swimming armbands as younger children become dependent on them. The moment it is time for the armbands to be removed is when the person masters the hardest part of learning to swim – confidence.

That said, when is it truly the correct time for the armbands to be removed? It is one of those questions which is highly debatable. Many people argue the fact that it is down to when the person who is learning to swim is at their most comfortable in the water whilst others disagree.


History on the armband

Back in 1907, swimming was introduced as part of the school curriculum and this caused parents and guardians to become concerned over the safety of their children. The response from these concerns came from a London based company called Dean’s Rag Book Company who came up with a design which they labeled the Swimeesy Buoy. The original design of inflatable armbands was shaped like a pair of butterfly wings with distinct colours.

The advances of the armband came into play in 1956 when Bernhard Markwitz from Germany invented inflatable armbands for swimmers. The idea came to him when his three year old daughter fell into a pond and almost drowned. He felt that swimming rings were a safer options than the current butterfly winged shape armbands, hence the now more circular design which we see today.

Safety Standards & Tips

Although the swimming armband is commonly referred to as a life saving device, it is in fact a training aid. Wearing armbands help people float to increase their confidence in the water. When purchasing a set of armbands, it is vital that you ensure they are the correct size. Due to the rubbery material they are made from, when this material comes into contact with the water it develops a slippery surface causing the armbands to slip off which could lead to drowning.

There are many safety standards put in place in today’s modern world. All inflatable armbands must pass a range of assessments such as puncture resistance and the level of buoyancy retained after a certain time beyond the valve being opened and left open. This test is used to prevent inflatable swimming armbands from suddenly deflating if the valve accidently opens.

Labelling on the armbands state that they are not life saving devices and that people who are using the armbands are subject to consistent supervision. The label on an armband also states that the supervisor must constantly be in arms reach length of the person who is wearing the inflatable.

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Why Personalise Your Swimwear?

admin : September 19, 2016 1:29 pm : Blog

How personalising your swimwear enables your team to stand out from the competition

Team swimwear image by Vazzen.

If you’ve caught up with the swimming events in the Rio Summer Olympic Games (and the Paralympics that we mentioned last week), one thing you will have noticed is how striking each team’s swimwear was. Firstly, the Great Britain and Ireland Olympics teams employ top designers for their sports kit. Even if you lack the budget of any of the national teams, looking good on a realistic budget is still possible. more »

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Swimming at the Rio 2016 Paralympics

admin : September 12, 2016 2:58 pm : Blog

A brief look at Swimming Events at the Paralympics

Rio Paralympics Post Image

The Rio Olympic Games was a memorable one with Team GB beating its 2012 medals record. This year’s Paralympics, billed by one channel (somewhat patronisingly) as a multi-event competition for ‘superhumans’, aims to be another memorable one. So far, it is likely to be another success.

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