Seal your ears for pain-free open water swimming

Have you ever experienced swimmers ear – that pain you get in your ears after swimming?

It could’ve been from swimming so much, or the water being freezing cold, maybe the water was dodgy, or maybe your ears are just a little bit precious, whatever it was, it wasn’t nice and you definitely don’t want it to happen again, right?

Well, you’ll be happy to know there’s now a preventative treatment that isn’t having to wear earplugs!

Q&A: The pre-40’s ocean swimming challenge that made Jamie ‘mildly obsessed’

During the 2016-17 summer season, Jamie Cairns approached OceanFit to help him achieve a goal he’d been wanting to knock off for years, and with his 40th birthday approaching, now was the time to take it on!

We spoke to Jamie about how his challenge came about, what his training was like and what it felt like to have achieved his goal.

Are you drinking enough water?

Around 70% of your body and 85% of your brain is made of water!

Most of our blood consists of water and it’s important to be able to pump it around the body to deliver oxygen, hormones and nutrients to different areas. If we don’t have enough water, our blood vessels will have to work much harder to pump the blood around (as there will be a smaller volume of blood) and our blood pressure will increase.

Don’t leave it too Late: Train smarter not harder

The biggest problem with being involved in health is people get better.

So it is sometimes hard to get repeat business if you keep fixing people.

But the flip side is if you try and lower your moral standards and treat slower or deliberately stop people from getting better then the “courts of public opinion” quickly catch up with you and you find the doors permanently shut on the business.

How to prevent sea-sickness when ocean swimming

Over the years I’ve had a handful of OceanFit participants who’ve suffered from sea-sickness when swimming in the ocean – and it doesn’t sound good!

Some of them first realise it will be a problem while participating in one of our clinics (when we bob up and down out behind the waves learning ocean swimming techniques), others get a rude shock when taking on their first ocean swim.

3 exercises to strengthen your core for ocean swimming

When it comes to advancing beginner ocean swimmers, or swimmers in general, one area that is widely forgotten is the benefit derived from having a stable and strong core.

Your core is made up of the major muscles that reside in the area of the belly and the mid and lower back (not the shoulders), and peripherally include the hips, the shoulders and the neck.

A strong core in swimming keeps your body flat in the water and when activated stops your hips dropping, allowing your legs to sit up on the surface of the water and not drag through the water.