A greeting letter from board

A greeting letter from board

Dear members of Stockholm Int Swimming Club,

2018 is over now! It is a perfect time to plan activities for 2019 and to let your New Year resolutions to come in true.
I would like to thank you all who were swimming with us in 2018 and welcome our new students who will join us in 2019.
2018 was a year of growth for us! We increased the amount of members by 182% and hope to continue this trend in 2019!
I would like to thank our wonderful coaches and our one and only administrator for their wonderful work that they performed with true passion.

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Haga Park in Stockholm

Haga Park in Stockholm

As you may know, we are working in Haga Health Club, which is awesome SPA in Radisson Blue Hotel.

So we are real fans of the area.

And we are here to tell you more about our wonderful neighborhood.

Part of the Royal National City Park, the lush Haga Park (or just Haga) is situated just north of Stockholm in the suburb of Solna. Founded by the monarch Gustav III in 1780-1797, Haga is Sweden’s foremost example of an English landscape park, and one of Sweeden’s most popular recreational areas. It’s also the site of many historical landmarks.

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An exercise for overcoming fear of water and swimming

An exercise for overcoming fear of water and swimming

Once we talked about fear of water,  which is so common among beginners.

If you get anxious around bodies of water, you may believe that in the water you would sink to the ground like a stone. Maybe we surprise you but water in fact supports the human body very well. It most cases people can float easily without using their limbs as long as their lungs are filled with air.

This is because your body, being made of 60% of water, is slightly less dense than water provided that your lungs are filled with air. Do you remember Archimedes’ Principle from school:

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How to choose a swimsuit

How to choose a swimsuit

When the person signs up in swimming course, the first step is to buy a swimsuit. When choosing a swimsuit for swimming lessons the material of the suit is the most important factor for finding a swimsuit that will hold it’s shape, remain comfortable, and last as long as possible.

The three most common and basic types of materials used for swimsuits are nylon, Lycra, and polyester, let’s go deeper and find out the differences.

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A Perfect Pair of Goggles

A Perfect Pair of Goggles

All swimming shops are packed with different types of goggles, but they are all, well, crap. The price tag is no indication of protection from crap. In fact, my experience has been that the more expensive the goggles, the less useful they are.

These are the absolute best ones I found that work for me: Swedish Goggles Malmsten. This brand is similar to IKEA in that you get a package with parts which you put together yourself, resulting in the perfect pair of goggles.  Read more

Winter swimming

Winter swimming

Do you know well how to swim and are you looking for new experience? We have one nice idea for you! Winter swimming can be super exciting challenge full of fun.

The benefits of winter swims are scientifically proven to raise ones feel-good hormones, lower stress and improve sleep (unless you have heart or circulation problems which mean braving icy waters should be avoided).
The cold water causes the blood vessels to constrict to try to retain body heat and the blood pressure increases to avoid cooling down. In the process to protect the body, hormones such as endorphins, are released and act as a pain relief (as well as as an antidepressant) for a few hours. As a result winter bathers are known to lead more active lives and are generally happier and more fulfilled people.
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Best Christmas Gifts for Swimmers

Best Christmas Gifts for Swimmers

10 Best Budget-Friendly Christmas Presents for Swimmers

Swimming is like religion for those who spend more time in water than out of water. If you’re lucky to be a swimmer, and have friends who are swimmers, here are 10 solid tips for the perfect Christmas gift.

1. Medal Holder
Competitive swimmers usually don’t know how to display their medals, so they usually end up siting in a box, placed on a shelf somewhere in a closet. This is a great way to display medals….and encourage more training to win more medals! 

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How To Care For Your Swimming Goggles

How To Care For Your Swimming Goggles

You might be surprised to know that your swimming goggles actually need just as much care as your training swimsuit.

Once you’ve gone through the process of assembling your goggles (if it is Malmstem like what we use) and found that perfect pair for yourself or your swim kid, just a little routine care helps keep them in great shape.

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Swimming while pregnant

Swimming while pregnant

Swimming when pregnant is safe and can help keep you in shape, relaxed and feeling good as your bump grows. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

It offers a relatively weightless environment. Water can support up to 90% of your body’s weight, which means swimming when pregnant can offer you relief for half an hour!

A lot of women also find that swimming helps to ease swelling in their legs and feet, or even relieve sciatic pain because it’s such a great way to get the circulation going.

Also, evidence suggests that swimming can encourage your baby to get into the best position for labour. It is also great for stress busting.

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