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BROUGHT TO YOU BY

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PERFORMANCE SWIMWEAR

INSPIRED BY DE ARTE NATANDI

RECYCLED FABRIC

MADE IN LONDON

KEEPING IT CONSCIOUS

WELCOME TO

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YOUR MONTHLY DIVE INTO

COOTS LIFE.

 

NUMBER 2 HITTING YOU WITH:

  • A CSS MIX FROM MAN LIKE HUGGY BEAR

  • DIVING IN WITH MHS LONDON FOR 5

  • FREESTYLE STRENGTH WITH ABSOLUCY FITNESS

  • COLD DIP TIPS

  • ALL THE USUAL JAW-DROPPINGLY GOOD CONTENT

ENJOY :)

BEN AND RHI XX

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COOTS // SOUND // SYSTEM

SWIM 🏊‍♀️ AND WATER 💧 THEMED MIX FOR YOUR LISTENING PLEASURE.

TO BE ENJOYED WHILST PERUSING THESE PAGES.  DANCING ENCOURAGED.

ON THE ONES AND TWOS THIS MONTH FOR OUR

FIRST EVER GUEST MIX IS THE GARAGE MASTER

 

💥 HUGGY BEAR 💥

 

THIS ONE BANGS.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

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MERCEDES GLEITZE IS A TRUE OPEN WATER PIONEER.  FIRST PERSON TO SWIM STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR – CHECK! FIRST BRITISH WOMAN TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL – CHECK!  47 HOUR ENDURANCE SWIM AT WORTHING BATHS – CHECK!  BACK IN THE 1920’s AND 1930’S WHEN A WOMAN’S PLACE WAS SEEN AS AT HOME  MERCEDES SAW THE SEA AS HER ‘HOME SWEET HOME’ MAKING BIG WAVES IN AND OUT OF THE WATER.   USING MONEY EARNT FROM HER INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS SHE SET UP A CHARITY IN ORDER TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILIES OPENING THE FIRST MERCEDES GLEITZE HOME IN LEICESTER IN 1933.  THE MERCEDES GLEITZE RELIEF IN NEED CHARITY IS STILL GOING TODAY – HOW SICK IS THAT?!

ANOTHER REASON WHY MERCEDES IS SUCH A FAVOURITE AT COOTS HQ IS THAT SHE OFTEN HAD MUSICIANS OR AT LEAST A GRAMAPHONE TO PLAY WHEN SWIMMING GIVING HER THAT EXTRA LIFT TO PUSH THROUGH ENDURANCE BARRIER.  SHE WAS HAVING A PROPER POOL PARTIES BACK IN THE DAY (NOT A MAGNUM OF GREY GOOSE TO BE SEEN) AND AS A BRAND WHOSE NAME IS INSPIRED BY A SONG WE BLOODY LOVE THAT!  LEGEND.

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JHEEEEZZ HAS THAT BEEN A MONTH ALREADY!  A BUSY BUT EXCITING ONE AT COOTS HQ.

 

A BIG ONE FOR US THIS MONTH WAS ANNOUNCING OUR LIFETIME GURANTEE ON THE STITCHING AND CONSTRUCTION OF OUR SUITS. OUR SUITS ARE BUILT TO LAST SO YOU CAN SWIM IN THEM SEASON THROUGH SEASON, YEAR THROUGH YEAR, OVER AND OVER AGAIN (JUST LIKE THE BOYS FROM HOT CHIP USED TO SING).  

 

IT'S ALL WELL AND GOOD US TELLING YOU THAT BUT WE WANTED TO GIVE YOU THAT EXTRA BIT OF REASSURANCE WHEN INVESTING IN A COOTS PIECE.  NOW WITH THE LIFETIME GUARANTEE WE HOPE YOU GUYS CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT YOU WILL BE GETTING A QUALITY, LONG LASTING SWIM SUIT.

 

WE TAKE OUR SWIMWEAR VERY SERIOUSLY BUT WE HAD A BIT OF FUN WITH THE ANNOUCEMENT.  IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY - MEET THE DRIP TV REPORTERS, JENNY AND ALAN

MERCEDES GLEITZE IS A TRUE OPEN WATER PIONEER.  FIRST PERSON TO SWIM STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR – CHECK! FIRST BRITISH WOMAN TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL – CHECK!  47 HOUR ENDURANCE SWIM AT WORTHING BATHS – CHECK!  BACK IN THE 1920’s AND 1930’S WHEN A WOMAN’S PLACE WAS SEEN AS AT HOME  MERCEDES SAW THE SEA AS HER ‘HOME SWEET HOME’ MAKING BIG WAVES IN AND OUT OF THE WATER.   USING MONEY EARNT FROM HER INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS SHE SET UP A CHARITY IN ORDER TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILIES OPENING THE FIRST MERCEDES GLEITZE HOME IN LEICESTER IN 1933.  THE MERCEDES GLEITZE RELIEF IN NEED CHARITY IS STILL GOING TODAY – HOW SICK IS THAT?!

ANOTHER REASON WHY MERCEDES IS SUCH A FAVOURITE AT COOTS HQ IS THAT SHE OFTEN HAD MUSICIANS OR AT LEAST A GRAMAPHONE TO PLAY WHEN SWIMMING GIVING HER THAT EXTRA LIFT TO PUSH THROUGH ENDURANCE BARRIER.  SHE WAS HAVING A PROPER POOL PARTIES BACK IN THE DAY (NOT A MAGNUM OF GREY GOOSE TO BE SEEN) AND AS A BRAND WHOSE NAME IS INSPIRED BY A SONG WE BLOODY LOVE THAT!  LEGEND.

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WE ALSO ANNOUNCED OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH KLARNA! 

 

WE UNDERSTAND THAT OUR SWIMWEAR IS NOT SOMETHING THAT MOST PEOPLE CAN IMPULSE BUY ON A WHIM – IT IS AN INVESTMENT.  BUT WHEN YOU GET YOUR HANDS ON SOMETHING THAT YOU KNOW YOU HAVE WORKED HARD FOR,  IT MAKES IT ALL THE MORE SPECIAL. 

 

NOW WHEN YOU SWOOP A COOTS SUIT YOU CAN SPLIT THE COST OF YOUR INVESTMENT INTO 3 EQUAL PAYMENTS WHICH ARE COLLECTED EVERY 30 DAYS. 

 

SUCH A COOL WAY TO SHOP AND IT REALLY HELPS SMALL INDEPENDENT BRANDS LIKE US WHO CAN’T PLAY THE PRICE GAME, GET OUT THERE  IN THE BIG WIDE WORLD.

MERCEDES GLEITZE IS A TRUE OPEN WATER PIONEER.  FIRST PERSON TO SWIM STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR – CHECK! FIRST BRITISH WOMAN TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL – CHECK!  47 HOUR ENDURANCE SWIM AT WORTHING BATHS – CHECK!  BACK IN THE 1920’s AND 1930’S WHEN A WOMAN’S PLACE WAS SEEN AS AT HOME  MERCEDES SAW THE SEA AS HER ‘HOME SWEET HOME’ MAKING BIG WAVES IN AND OUT OF THE WATER.   USING MONEY EARNT FROM HER INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS SHE SET UP A CHARITY IN ORDER TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILIES OPENING THE FIRST MERCEDES GLEITZE HOME IN LEICESTER IN 1933.  THE MERCEDES GLEITZE RELIEF IN NEED CHARITY IS STILL GOING TODAY – HOW SICK IS THAT?!

ANOTHER REASON WHY MERCEDES IS SUCH A FAVOURITE AT COOTS HQ IS THAT SHE OFTEN HAD MUSICIANS OR AT LEAST A GRAMAPHONE TO PLAY WHEN SWIMMING GIVING HER THAT EXTRA LIFT TO PUSH THROUGH ENDURANCE BARRIER.  SHE WAS HAVING A PROPER POOL PARTIES BACK IN THE DAY (NOT A MAGNUM OF GREY GOOSE TO BE SEEN) AND AS A BRAND WHOSE NAME IS INSPIRED BY A SONG WE BLOODY LOVE THAT!  LEGEND.

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RIGHT ON THE BUZZER FOR MONTH END WE DRIPPED OUR AFTER SESSION VEST.  WE ARE BUZZING ABOUT THIS ONE! 

 

IT’S BEEN ALMOST A YEAR SINCE WE PUT OUT OUR FIRST EVER PRODUCT (MAD!) - THE COOTS AFTER SESSION HAT.  PEOPLE SEEM TO REALLY LOVE THE HAT SO WE WANTED TO KEEP IT ON THAT SAME TIP BUT HIT YOU WITH SOMETHING NEW – ENTER THE COOTS AFTER SESSION VEST.

 

HANDMADE AT COOTS HQ FROM SUPER SOFT, SUPER FLUFFY ECO-FRIENDLY BAMBOO TOWELLING.  IT’S DOUBLE LINED TO KEEP YOU NICE AND COSY WITH MULTIPLE POCKETS FOR SNACKS, CHOCOLATE, PHONES ETC. – BASICALLY EVERYTHING YOU NEED AFTER YOUR SWIM. 

 

PRE-ORDER RUNS FROM FRI 26 NOV 11AM TIL FRI 3 DEC MIDNIGHT.  THIS IS A SUPER LIMITED DRIP SO DON’T HANG ABOUT ON THE BUTTONS!

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AKA THE SWIMMING NEWS

MERCEDES GLEITZE IS A TRUE OPEN WATER PIONEER.  FIRST PERSON TO SWIM STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR – CHECK! FIRST BRITISH WOMAN TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL – CHECK!  47 HOUR ENDURANCE SWIM AT WORTHING BATHS – CHECK!  BACK IN THE 1920’s AND 1930’S WHEN A WOMAN’S PLACE WAS SEEN AS AT HOME  MERCEDES SAW THE SEA AS HER ‘HOME SWEET HOME’ MAKING BIG WAVES IN AND OUT OF THE WATER.   USING MONEY EARNT FROM HER INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS SHE SET UP A CHARITY IN ORDER TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILIES OPENING THE FIRST MERCEDES GLEITZE HOME IN LEICESTER IN 1933.  THE MERCEDES GLEITZE RELIEF IN NEED CHARITY IS STILL GOING TODAY – HOW SICK IS THAT?!

ANOTHER REASON WHY MERCEDES IS SUCH A FAVOURITE AT COOTS HQ IS THAT SHE OFTEN HAD MUSICIANS OR AT LEAST A GRAMAPHONE TO PLAY WHEN SWIMMING GIVING HER THAT EXTRA LIFT TO PUSH THROUGH ENDURANCE BARRIER.  SHE WAS HAVING A PROPER POOL PARTIES BACK IN THE DAY (NOT A MAGNUM OF GREY GOOSE TO BE SEEN) AND AS A BRAND WHOSE NAME IS INSPIRED BY A SONG WE BLOODY LOVE THAT!  LEGEND.

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THE END OF THE YEAR BRINGS THE FINAL OF THE ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL SWIMMING COMPETITION - THE INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE AKA THE ISL.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T KNOW THE ISL IS A TEAM COMPETITION WHERE THE 10 TEAMS GO HEAD TO HEAD AND SPLASH IT OUT IN THE POOL.  AFTER THE PLAYOFF THE TOP 4 CLUBS DO ONE LAST BATTLE IN THE FINAL TO SEE WHO WILL REIGN VICTORIOUS.

CURRENT STANDINGS HAVE LONDON ROAR, ENERGY STANDARD AND CALI CONDORS ALL TIED ON 7 POINTS WITH LA CURRENT JUST ONE POINT BEHIND.  THE LAST COUPLE OF PLAYOFF MATCHES ARE BEING SWUM OUT THIS WEEKEND AND WITH THE FINAL TAKING PLACE THE WEEKEND AFTER.

THE LONDON TEAM HAVE GOT BRITISH OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS TOM DEAN, DUNCAN SCOTT AND FREYA ANDERSON - LET'S GO!

YOU CAN WATCH THE ALL THE ACTION ON BBC IPLAYER 👊

MERCEDES GLEITZE IS A TRUE OPEN WATER PIONEER.  FIRST PERSON TO SWIM STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR – CHECK! FIRST BRITISH WOMAN TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL – CHECK!  47 HOUR ENDURANCE SWIM AT WORTHING BATHS – CHECK!  BACK IN THE 1920’s AND 1930’S WHEN A WOMAN’S PLACE WAS SEEN AS AT HOME  MERCEDES SAW THE SEA AS HER ‘HOME SWEET HOME’ MAKING BIG WAVES IN AND OUT OF THE WATER.   USING MONEY EARNT FROM HER INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS SHE SET UP A CHARITY IN ORDER TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILIES OPENING THE FIRST MERCEDES GLEITZE HOME IN LEICESTER IN 1933.  THE MERCEDES GLEITZE RELIEF IN NEED CHARITY IS STILL GOING TODAY – HOW SICK IS THAT?!

ANOTHER REASON WHY MERCEDES IS SUCH A FAVOURITE AT COOTS HQ IS THAT SHE OFTEN HAD MUSICIANS OR AT LEAST A GRAMAPHONE TO PLAY WHEN SWIMMING GIVING HER THAT EXTRA LIFT TO PUSH THROUGH ENDURANCE BARRIER.  SHE WAS HAVING A PROPER POOL PARTIES BACK IN THE DAY (NOT A MAGNUM OF GREY GOOSE TO BE SEEN) AND AS A BRAND WHOSE NAME IS INSPIRED BY A SONG WE BLOODY LOVE THAT!  LEGEND.

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THIS SH*T SINKS!  A RECENT REPORT ON THE QUALITY OF THE WATER IN UK SEAS AND RIVERS HAS REVEALED THE FULL EXTENT OF THE SEWAGE POLUUTION CRISIS WRECKING OUR WATER.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT BY SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE (SAS) 5,517 SEWAGE DISCHARGE NOTIFICATIONS WERE ISSUED BY WATER COMPANIES OVER A 12-MONTH PERIOD.    THIS IS A CRIMINAL INCREASE OF 87.6%! 

THESE COMPANIES ARE LITERALLY DUMPING RAW SEWAGE INTO OUR BEAUTIFUL SWIM LOCATIONS RESULTING IN 6 OUT OF 8 RIVERS POSING A SERIOUS RISK TO OUR HEALTH 😡

SOMETHINGS GOT TO GIVE RIGHT!  SAS HAS THE AMBITION TO END SEWAGE DISCHARGE INTO UK BATHING WATER BY 2030 - SOMETHING ALL US SWIMMERS HAVE TO GET BEHIND.  TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR TAKE ACTION PAGE TO SEE HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.  LET'S END THIS MADNESS!

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DRY LAND EXERCISES, STRETCHES AND CONDITIONING TO HELP YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SWIMS.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY OUR RESIDENT EXPERT ABSOLUCY FITNESS.  LUCY IS AN INCREDIBLE TRAINED PT AND RUNS ONLINE MONTHLY BOOTCAMPS AS WELL AS PROVIDING TAILORED ONE TO ONE SESSIONS - HIT HER UP FOR ALL YOUR FITNESS NEEDS! 

SESSION 2

STRENGTH BUILDING EXERCISES TAILORED TO FREESTYLE HELPING YOU GO LONGER AND FASTER - SAY BYE BYE TO THOSE JELLY ARMS 🏊‍♀️

HERE ARE THE EXERCISES - LUCY RECOMMENDS 3 SETS OF 10-12 REPS 👊

  1. BAND PULL APART

  2. PLANK SUPERMAN

  3. TRICEP DIPS

  4. REVERSE FLY

  5. SINGLE ARM ROW

  6. TRICEP KICKBACK

WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW!

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PEOPLE // POOLS // PISCIBUS

THE PILLARS OF SWIMMING

MERCEDES GLEITZE IS A TRUE OPEN WATER PIONEER.  FIRST PERSON TO SWIM STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR – CHECK! FIRST BRITISH WOMAN TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL – CHECK!  47 HOUR ENDURANCE SWIM AT WORTHING BATHS – CHECK!  BACK IN THE 1920’s AND 1930’S WHEN A WOMAN’S PLACE WAS SEEN AS AT HOME  MERCEDES SAW THE SEA AS HER ‘HOME SWEET HOME’ MAKING BIG WAVES IN AND OUT OF THE WATER.   USING MONEY EARNT FROM HER INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS SHE SET UP A CHARITY IN ORDER TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILIES OPENING THE FIRST MERCEDES GLEITZE HOME IN LEICESTER IN 1933.  THE MERCEDES GLEITZE RELIEF IN NEED CHARITY IS STILL GOING TODAY – HOW SICK IS THAT?!

ANOTHER REASON WHY MERCEDES IS SUCH A FAVOURITE AT COOTS HQ IS THAT SHE OFTEN HAD MUSICIANS OR AT LEAST A GRAMAPHONE TO PLAY WHEN SWIMMING GIVING HER THAT EXTRA LIFT TO PUSH THROUGH ENDURANCE BARRIER.  SHE WAS HAVING A PROPER POOL PARTIES BACK IN THE DAY (NOT A MAGNUM OF GREY GOOSE TO BE SEEN) AND AS A BRAND WHOSE NAME IS INSPIRED BY A SONG WE BLOODY LOVE THAT!  LEGEND.

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MERCEDES GLEITZE IS A TRUE OPEN WATER PIONEER.  FIRST PERSON TO SWIM STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR – CHECK! FIRST BRITISH WOMAN TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL – CHECK!  47 HOUR ENDURANCE SWIM AT WORTHING BATHS – CHECK!  BACK IN THE 1920’s AND 1930’S WHEN A WOMAN’S PLACE WAS SEEN AS AT HOME  MERCEDES SAW THE SEA AS HER ‘HOME SWEET HOME’ MAKING BIG WAVES IN AND OUT OF THE WATER.   USING MONEY EARNT FROM HER INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS SHE SET UP A CHARITY IN ORDER TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILIES OPENING THE FIRST MERCEDES GLEITZE HOME IN LEICESTER IN 1933.  THE MERCEDES GLEITZE RELIEF IN NEED CHARITY IS STILL GOING TODAY – HOW SICK IS THAT?!

ANOTHER REASON WHY MERCEDES IS SUCH A FAVOURITE AT COOTS HQ IS THAT SHE OFTEN HAD MUSICIANS OR AT LEAST A GRAMAPHONE TO PLAY WHEN SWIMMING GIVING HER THAT EXTRA LIFT TO PUSH THROUGH ENDURANCE BARRIER.  SHE WAS HAVING A PROPER POOL PARTIES BACK IN THE DAY (NOT A MAGNUM OF GREY GOOSE TO BE SEEN) AND AS A BRAND WHOSE NAME IS INSPIRED BY A SONG WE BLOODY LOVE THAT!  LEGEND.

MERCEDES GLEITZE IS A TRUE OPEN WATER PIONEER.  FIRST PERSON TO SWIM STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR – CHECK! FIRST BRITISH WOMAN TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL – CHECK!  47 HOUR ENDURANCE SWIM AT WORTHING BATHS – CHECK!  BACK IN THE 1920’s AND 1930’S WHEN A WOMAN’S PLACE WAS SEEN AS AT HOME  MERCEDES SAW THE SEA AS HER ‘HOME SWEET HOME’ MAKING BIG WAVES IN AND OUT OF THE WATER.   USING MONEY EARNT FROM HER INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS SHE SET UP A CHARITY IN ORDER TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILIES OPENING THE FIRST MERCEDES GLEITZE HOME IN LEICESTER IN 1933.  THE MERCEDES GLEITZE RELIEF IN NEED CHARITY IS STILL GOING TODAY – HOW SICK IS THAT?!

ANOTHER REASON WHY MERCEDES IS SUCH A FAVOURITE AT COOTS HQ IS THAT SHE OFTEN HAD MUSICIANS OR AT LEAST A GRAMAPHONE TO PLAY WHEN SWIMMING GIVING HER THAT EXTRA LIFT TO PUSH THROUGH ENDURANCE BARRIER.  SHE WAS HAVING A PROPER POOL PARTIES BACK IN THE DAY (NOT A MAGNUM OF GREY GOOSE TO BE SEEN) AND AS A BRAND WHOSE NAME IS INSPIRED BY A SONG WE BLOODY LOVE THAT!  LEGEND.

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OPEN WATER SWIMMING IS NOT SOMETHING THAT'S ON TAP IN LONDON BUT OUR NEXT POOL IS A PLACE THAT APPARENTLY USED TO SUPPLY TAP WATER TO THE WHOLE OF HACKNEY.  HOW'S THAT FOR A LINK MATE!

ENTER WEST RESERVOIR JUST NORTH OF THE LOVELY CLISSOLD PARK IN STOKE NEWINGTON THIS GAFF IS AN OPEN WATER SWIMMERS DREAM.  CURRENTLY OPEN EVERYDAY WITH LOOPS OF UP TO 400M.  THE WATER HAS JUST GONE UNDER 10C SO PERFECT FOR THOSE WHO NEED THEIR COLD WATER FIX!

 

AS IF THAT WASN'T IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE CENTRE IS GETTING A COOL £1.5M GLOW UP WITH A NEW BAR, CAFE, SAUNA, STEAM ROOM AND OUTDOOR SHOWERS ON THE HIT LIST.  OURS IS A DOUBLE G AND T - CHEERS!

MERCEDES GLEITZE IS A TRUE OPEN WATER PIONEER.  FIRST PERSON TO SWIM STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR – CHECK! FIRST BRITISH WOMAN TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL – CHECK!  47 HOUR ENDURANCE SWIM AT WORTHING BATHS – CHECK!  BACK IN THE 1920’s AND 1930’S WHEN A WOMAN’S PLACE WAS SEEN AS AT HOME  MERCEDES SAW THE SEA AS HER ‘HOME SWEET HOME’ MAKING BIG WAVES IN AND OUT OF THE WATER.   USING MONEY EARNT FROM HER INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS SHE SET UP A CHARITY IN ORDER TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILIES OPENING THE FIRST MERCEDES GLEITZE HOME IN LEICESTER IN 1933.  THE MERCEDES GLEITZE RELIEF IN NEED CHARITY IS STILL GOING TODAY – HOW SICK IS THAT?!

ANOTHER REASON WHY MERCEDES IS SUCH A FAVOURITE AT COOTS HQ IS THAT SHE OFTEN HAD MUSICIANS OR AT LEAST A GRAMAPHONE TO PLAY WHEN SWIMMING GIVING HER THAT EXTRA LIFT TO PUSH THROUGH ENDURANCE BARRIER.  SHE WAS HAVING A PROPER POOL PARTIES BACK IN THE DAY (NOT A MAGNUM OF GREY GOOSE TO BE SEEN) AND AS A BRAND WHOSE NAME IS INSPIRED BY A SONG WE BLOODY LOVE THAT!  LEGEND.

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ANOTHER LITTLE GUY IN THE WATER THAT DOESN'T GET NUFF RESPECT IS THE SCOMBER SCOMBRUS  AKA THE MACKEREL.  

WITH THEIR TORPEDO-SHAPED BODY AND DEEPLY FORKED TAILS THEY ARE BUILT FOR SPEED AND AGILITY.  

WHEN THE MACK DADDY GETS GOING IT CAN MAKE ITSELF SUPER STREAMLINED BY RETRACTING ITS FIN INTO A GROOVE IN ITS BODY.  IT CAN SMASH OUT 50 METERS IN 10 SECONDS MAKING IT THE FASTEST FISH IN UK WATERS - PROPER LITTLE SPEED DEMON RIGHT THERE!

MACKEREL USE A PASSIVE GILL VENTILATION FORM OF BREATHING MEANING THAT THEY LITERALLY HAVE TO KEEP SWIMMING OR THEY WILL DROWN 😔 TALK ABOUT BEING BORN TO SWIM!

ON A LIGHTER NOTE BABY MACKEREL ARE CALLED TINKERS.  KEEP SWIMMING YOU LITTLE TINKERS!

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OOOOO IT'S GETTING A BIT NIPPY AIN'T IT?!

FEW TIPS HERE TO HELP KEEP YOU SWIMMING THROUGH THE WINTER.

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1. DO A LITTLE WARM UP

 

HAVING A LITTLE JOG OR SMASHING OUT A FEW STAR JUMPS WILL NOT ONLY WARM YOU UP (CLUE'S IN THE NAME 😂) BUT IT WILL INCREASE YOUR HEART RATE GETTING YOUR OLD TICKER AND BODY READY FOR THAT COLD WATER SHOCK.

 

IF YOU WANT A PROPER WARM UP TAKE A LOOK AT LAST MONTH'S WORK OUT OF WATER  WITH OUR RESIDENT FITNESS EXPERT ABSOLUCY.

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2.  KEEP IT MOVING

WHEN GETTING IN, YOU DON'T WANT TO JUMP BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO DILLY DALLY EITHER - YOU WANT TO GET SWIMMING DOUBLE ASAP!

EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN TEKKERS BUT IT'S GOOD TO SPLASH YOURSELF RIGHT IN THE FACE OR EVEN DUNK IT RIGHT IN AND BLOW A FEW BUBBLES BEFORE YOU GET FULLY IN THE WATER.  AGAIN THIS WILL HELP REDUCE THE COLD WATER SHOCK.

THEN IT'S ALL ABOUT HEAD UP, SHOULDERS BACK AND STRIDING PURPOSEFULLY INTO THE ICY DEPTHS LIKE THE WARRIOR YOU ARE!

COUNTING YOUR BREATHS ONCE YOU ARE IN IS ALSO A GOOD ONE WE USE AT COOTS HQ - IT HELPS TAKE YOUR MIND OFF THE COLD AND HELPS TO CONTROL YOUR BREATHING TO NORMAL LEVELS.

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3. WARM IT UP SLOW

THOUGH A HOT SHOWER MIGHT BE YOUR FIRST THOUGHT ON GETTING OUT YOU GOTTA WARM UP SLOW!

GET THAT WET STUFF OFF AND THINK LAYERS - WE'RE TALKING POLAR NECKS, COOTS AFTER SESSION VEST, COOTS AFTER SESSION HAT, BIG OLD COAT, THICK SOCKS, GLOVES ETC.

THROW IN A HOT DRINK AND A DELICIOUS SNACK AND YOU'LL BE TOASTY IN NO TIME. 

 

BASICALLY LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER, STAY SAFE AND ENJOY THAT BUZZ!

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AS WELL AS CREATING ABSOLUTE RASCAL SWIMWEAR WE WANT TO USE COOTS TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS ON ISSUES WITHIN THE SWIMMING COMMUNITY THAT WE FEEL ARE IMPORTANT.  EACH MONTH WE WILL BE GIVING A SHOUT OUT TO AMAZING ORGANISATIONS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE CHANGING THE GAME. 

THIS MONTH:

STARTING AS A MONTHLY SWIM MEET AT FOUNDER RACHEL'S LOCAL BEACH IN 2019 IT GREW RAPIDLY IN THE 2020 LOCKDOWN TO 80 OUTDOOR COLD-WATER DIPS FORMED ACROSS THE UK!

WE LOVE THEIR COMMUNITY MOTTO 'DIPS NOT DISTANCE' WHICH MAKES SURE NOBODY IS LEFT OUT AND REALLY TIES IN WITH THEIR EMPOWERING EVERYONE ETHOS.

WE ATTENDED A MHS LONDON SWIM A FEW WEEKS BACK AT HAMPSTEAD HEATH PONDS AND BLOODY LOVED IT!  EVERYONE ON THE SAME LEVEL, REALLY WELCOMING AND EASY TO TALK TO.  THE CAKE AFTER WAS A DELICIOUS BONUS.

TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR SWIM MEET LOCATIONS TO SEE WHERE YOU CAN GO FOR A DIP.

THEY ARE CURRENTLY RUNNING A RAFFLE WHICH ENDS ON 07/12/2021 WITH SOME INCREDIBLE PRIZES (INCLUDING A CERTAIN AFTER SESSION HAT 😚).  THE TEAM FROM MHS TOLD THE DRIP "ALL MONEY RAISED WILL GO BACK INTO MENTAL HEALTH SWIMS CIC. IT MEANS WE CAN KEEP TRAINING, ENCOURAGING AND SUPPORTING OUR NETWORK OF VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPANTS TO CREATE SAFE, WELCOMING SPACES FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES.“

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FIVE QUESTIONS.

ON SWIMMING.

BIT OF FUN.

FRANCISCA, HOST OF MHS LONDON

DIVE IN.

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NICE ONE FOR READING.
SEE YOU IN THE WATER.