2017 RealSwim Adventures Released

111aaaaaOur iconic Quail island swims are always extremely popular. We keep the groups small for your enjoyment and safety. Next summers dates are out

26 Nov 2016 4km (Corsair Bay – Quail Island return) 8am start
10 Dec 2016 4km(Corsair Bay – Quail Island return) 8am start

17 Dec 2016 8km (Naval Point – around Quail Island and return) 7am start

11 Feb 2017 4km (Corsair Bay – Quail Island return)
4 March 2017 4km (Corsair Bay – Quail Island return)

Book Now to avoid disappointment.

October Cook Islands RealSwim  Adventure week 1 is fully booked. Week 2 we have 3 spaces remaining at the time of publishing this newsletter. April 2017 trips are also available for booking.

Two news swims on the cards for 2017 are our Wild West and Southern Lakes RealSwim Adventures

Adventures. As ask info@fitandabel.com


West Coast, New Zealand

Can’t find a trip that suits? Why not create your own https://www.realswimadventures.com/adventure-tours/custom-swim-adventures/

Fit and Abel Coaching Tips Febuary

Swimming faster; something we all want to do right? More often than not this is one of the hardest things for many swimmers to achieve. Your swim performance has three main foundations; your technique; your fitness and your open water skills. The more proficient you are at all three the faster you will swim. Swim technique is often over looked or at least gets the smallest amount of attention. To swim faster often we need to try less. Sounds kind of weird but it is true. Swimming is not about brute strength or fighting your way through the water. It’s about finesse and keeping your movements smooth. This means you’ll be creating less drag. With less effort AND less drag you will swim faster than with more brute effort and more drag. Fitness involves swimming at least three times a week. Changing the variables; distances swum, intensities you are swimming at and the rest periods between sets. If you do the same training swim each time your body will quickly adapt and you will plateau. Open water skills are developed while you are out there ‘doing it’. The more diverse open water situations you can experience the comfortable you will be and the more adept at handling a range of open water conditions; cold water, rough water, sun strike, wind, current, swim buoys that are difficult to see. These factors all require experience and rehearsal in order to manage comfortably. If you’re only training in a pool you will not be developing your open water skills. Mix up your training, open water and in the pool. Get some help with technique if you need it. Work on all three of the fundamentals; technique , fitness and open water skills and you will most certainly swim a lot faster.

Fit and Abel Coaching Tips

Coaching Tip

Race day is not the time to figure out that your wetsuit doesn’t fit right, you can’t swim in a straight line or you feel uncomfortable not being able to touch the bottom.
Our coaching is designed to help you get prepared for all the small factors that can cause apprehension during an open water swim; the right equipment, comfort in natural water temperatures, deep water, currents, wind and waves. Gaining come insight into these factors helps swimmers become more confident which allows you to focus on the important item; enjoying your open water swim.

Nervous Equals Ready
Those butterflies in your stomach, that heightened sensation prior to an open water swim; these sensations which we commonly call ‘nerves’ are your bodies’ way of getting ready for the work ahead. Nerves are good. It means you are ready.
Nerves can be accentuated if you are under prepared. If you have not done any open water swimming some practice swims in open water is recommended prior to racing in open water. You can come and join us http://fitandabel.com/events-bookings/fitabel-summer-201213-series/open-water-fitness-and-technique-series/ for a relaxed supervised open water training session.
Once you have done some preparation you will feel more confident. It is then time to accept the butterflies in your stomach as a good thing rather than fighting them and trying to make them go away. Realise that most every single person on the start line will have nervousness of differing levels. It is perfectly natural.
Once the starter sounds your nerves will help you get started. The problem is nervousness in this situation will help you swim faster than you ever have before if you don’t control the situation. Letting your nerves carrying you out too fast at the start can result in feeling overloaded, out of breath and apprehensive after only 100 or 200 metres. You are far better consciously holding your pace back for the first 100 or 200 metres. After which time you’ll find the nerves have settled, your body has physiologically adjusted to the workload and you can get on with the job at hand … having a great swim.
Remember : Nervous Equals Ready