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November 12, 2019

As the summer season nears closer and our learn to swim lessons are in full action, our pools are becoming busier.

If you’re wanting to know the perfect time to come in for a swim we have our lap lane availability on our website so you can view our pool schedule in advance.

  • Click here to plan your visits for the rest of the week for Gladstone.
  • Click here for Mount Larcom.

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July 25, 2019

Australia has ended on a high note at the FINA Swimming World Championships (Fri, 12 Jul 2019 – Sun, 28 Jul 2019), winning a mixed 4×100-metre medley relay team by 0.02 seconds against the United States. We also had Ariarne Titmus, Madi Wilson, Brianna Throssell and Emma McKeon achieve Australia’s new world record for the 4x200m women’s relay team which now stands at 7:41.50 — beating the previous time set by the Chinese team at the 2009 world championships!

The image features our Australian mixed 4x100m medley relay team, from left, Mitchell Larkin, Matthew Wilson, Emma Mckeon and Cate Campbell as they celebrate on the podium after their final win at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. We also had Australian teen Ariarne Titmus, narrowly missed out a gold medal in 200m freestyle final. Titmus, originally from Tasmania, moved to Queensland for better swimming opportunities and look where it has taken her!

Did you know the winning 4×100 mixed medley relay team consisted of the youngest member being 20 years old and the oldest at 27? Proving that you can achieve a lot in competitive swimming from your early teens to your late twenties!


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July 22, 2019

We all know swimming is a great form of exercise but do we actually know how to turn it into a workout? Is there more to just laps of strokes when exercising in the water? Of course there is!

Try this workout below and see if it floats your boat:

WARM-UP:
  • Start by 2 laps of walking with high knees, as you get to the end of each lap do 10x squats
  • Shoulder rotations: 10 forward each arm, 10 back each arm
WORK-OUT:
  1. Swim easy, with any stroke for 200m
  2. Grab a kickboard with one hand and perform one-arm freestyle with the freehand for 100m (alternating arms every 25m)
  3. Move to your back, and do 2 laps of survival backstroke
  4. Grab a kick-board or hold torpedo on your back and kick for 100m
  5. Do 200m of backstroke aiming to do 50m under 40 seconds
COOL-DOWN:
  • Pick any easy swimming movement for 200m and end with stretching against the pool wall

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May 7, 2019

Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise as it gives every muscle in your body a workout and you can choose to make it an endurance or sprint training. If you are new to swimming, eating properly and at the right times can help you develop your strength and cardio fitness. It is important to fuel your body the correct way for training for optimal performance.

Now, nobody is the same, everyone will have a different level of comfort regarding eating around swimming, so it is important to trial what works for you. In general, a good rule to follow is allowing 2-4 hours before your swim, after eating a larger meal but 30 minutes – two hours for a smaller snack.

BEFORE

1) Whole grain pasta contains a great substance of carbohydrates and should be enough to give you the boost of energy you need before swimming. Mix some of your favourite vegetables or meat with your pasta to get those extra vitamins and proteins!

2) Bananas are an awesome source of potassium! Plus, they taste so good as well as giving you the boost of energy you need before swimming. Grab a banana on the way to the pool and see the benefits during your swim session.

AFTER

3) Lean chicken is a good way to get protein without eating all of the saturated fats that are usually in meats. A good idea is to make a salad topped with lean chicken or simply eat the chicken with some brown rice to add whole grains to your meal! Yum!

4) Everybody loves some nice, creamy yoghurt with fruit and nuts. Yoghurt provides a lot of protein, but be sure to look out for those added sugars that make them so sweet. Try opting for some Greek yoghurt or other low-fat, unsweetened products that will give you that essential protein.

5) If you only have time for a simple snack after swimming, you might like the idea of grabbing some protein bars that you can eat on the go!

We hope you enjoyed some of our tips! See you in the pool!