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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 3 (THE LAID BACK EDITION) HITTING YOU WITH:

  • A RELAX TO THE MAX WITH A CHILLOUT CSS MIX  

  • RORY SOUTHWORTH DIVING IN WITH FIVE 

  • MEDITATION WITH ABSOLUCY FITNESS

  • DRIP'S TIPS ON MINDFULNESS

  • 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.

OUR RESIDENT DJ DRIP IS BACK WITH  A PROPER CHILLED ONE.

STICK THIS ON, LAY BACK, BREATH AND STARE INTO THE ABYSS

FOR THE NEXT 20.

DOING NOTHING IS ENCOURAGED.

 
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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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WELL DONE EVERYONE - WE MADE IT TO THE END OF THE ROLLER COASTER MONTH THAT IS JANUARY!  WE WERE FLAT OUT BEFORE CHRISTMAS LAUNCHING AND MANUFACTURING THE AFTER SESSION VEST.  WE ARE SUPER PROUD OF THIS ONE – NOT JUST BECAUSE WE LOVE IT SO MUCH BUT ALSO BECAUSE IT WAS SUCH A QUICK TURN AROUND FROM INCEPTION TO GETTING IT OUT THERE.  DREAM IT, BELIEVE IT, DO IT!  WE GONNA MAKE THAT OUR MANTRA TO TAKE INTO THE YEAR.


WE ALSO MANAGED TO SQUEEZE IN OUR FIRST EVER CHRISTMAS MARKET – PEXMAS. IT WAS A DIFFERENT VIBE TO THE TWO STALLS WE’D DONE PREVIOUSLY WHICH WERE MORE SWIM/SPORT ORIENTATED BUT WE LOVED IT.  IT WAS PROPER INSPIRING TO SEE SO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF INCREDIBLE INDEPENDENT BRANDS UNDER ONE ROOF.  WE DIDN’T KNOW HOW A SWIMWEAR BRAND WOULD GO DOWN BUT WE WERE BUZZING FROM THE FEEDBACK (AND MULLED WINE…).

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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AFTER A WELL NEEDED AND WELL ENJOYED BREAK OVER CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR WE WERE READY TO HIT IT UNTIL A CERTAIN C-WORD FORCED US ONTO THE SOFA FOR ANOTHER WEEK (BORING🙄).


BUT NOW WE READY TO SPLASH IT UP AGAIN STARTING WITH FINALISING OUR NEXT DESIGN!  WE ARE IN THE FINAL SAMPLING STAGE TWEAKING AND REFINING THE SUITS SO THAT THEY ARE THE BEST THEY CAN BE – WE CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO SEE WHAT WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON, KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED!


WE HAVE ALSO BEEN USING THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR TO PLAN – AFTER THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE LAST TWO IT SEEMS LIKE (FINGERS CROSSED!) THESE PLANS WILL BE A BIT MORE CONCRETE.  WE ARE LOCKING IN SOME EVENTS, PHOTOSHOOTS, MAYBE EVEN A CHEEKY LAUNCH PARTY OR 3… 2022, COOTS IS COMING FOR YOU!

 
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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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WHEN YOU’RE OUT SWIMMING IN THE OPEN DO YOU EVER WONDER WHAT MIGHT BE LURKING UNDERNEATH? COUPLE OF FISHES? HIDDEN TREASURE? BROKEN HEARTS? WHAT ABOUT A 10-METRE-LONG SEA PREDATOR? 


WELL, IF YOU’VE EVER SWUM IN RUTLAND RESERVOIR, YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN BANG ON.  A MAN WHO GOES BY THE NAME OF JOE DAVIS THOUGHT HE’S FOUND A DINOSAUR WHEN DOING SOME LANDSCAPING WORK AT THE RESERVOIR IN THE EAST MIDLANDS.  IT TURNED OUT TO BE NOT A DINOSAUR BUT THE FOSSILISED REMAINS OF A GIANT MARINE REPTILE - JOE YOU PLONKER DON’T YOU KNOW AN ICHTHYOSAUR WHEN YOU SEE ONE!


TRANSLATED FROM ANCIENT GREEK ICHTHYOSAUR LITERALLY MEANS “FISH LIZARD” AND FIRST APPEARED ON THE BLUE PLANET 250 MILLION YEARS AGO!  THE SPECIES RANGED IN SIZE FROM 1 METRE TO A WHOPPING 20 METRES AND WERE CAPABLE OF KILLING PREY ITS OWN SIZE.  

 

THINK A DOLPHIN WITH A FEW EXTRA SIDE FINS AND THE FACE OF A CROCODILE – KINDA OF CUTE BUT IN A GNARLY ‘EAT YOU FACE OFF’ KIND OF WAY.  ANYWAY YOU DON’T NEED TO WORRY THEY WENT EXTINCT AROUND 90 MILLION YEARS – CAN’T HAVE BEEN THAT HARD COULD THEY!

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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YOU KNOW WE LOVE MERCEDES GLEITZE HERE AT COOTS HQ (CHECK OUT PPP SECTION OF OUR DEC 2021 EDITION) SO WE WERE BUZZING TO FIND OUT SHE HAS BEEN HONOURED WITH HER VERY OWN BLUE PLAQUE.


THE PLAQUE WAS UNVEILED LAST WEEK IN FRESHFIELD ROAD IN BRIGHTON WHERE MERCEDES GREW UP.  THE BEACH WAS PRETTY MUCH ON HER DOORSTEP - NO WONDER SHE LOVED SWIMMING IN THE SEA!


THIS HAS COINCIDED WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HER BIOPIC ‘VINDICATION SWIM’ WILL BE RELEASED THIS YEAR.  BRIGHTON GIRL KIRSTEN CALLAGHAN IS PLAYING THE LEAD ROLE WITH HOVE-BASED ELLIOTT HASLER ON DIRECTING DUTIES.  THE FILM TELLS THE INSPIRATIONAL STORY OF MERCEDES’ SWIM JOURNEY IN 1927 WHEN SHE BECAME THE FIRST BRITISH WOMAN TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL.  APPARENTLY KIRSTEN PUT IN 3 MONTHS OF SWIM TRAINING BEFORE TAKING ON THE ROLE SO SHE COULD REALLY 'CHANNEL' (EH? COME ON THAT'S GOOD THAT) HER INNER MERCEDES.

 

FINALLY A TRUE LEGEND GETTING THE RECOGNITION SHE DESERVES!

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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JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS ABU DHABI HOSTED THE AQUATICS FESTIVAL WHICH INCLUDED THE 15TH FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS (25M), OPEN WATER SWIMMING AND DIVING.


REPRESENTING IN THE POOL FOR TEAM GB, MOLLY RENSHAW CLINCHED A BRONZE MEDAL IN THE 200M BREASTSTROKE WITH BENJAMIN PROUD POWERING TO GOLD IN THE 50M FREESTYLE.  YES! YES!

OUT IN THE OPEN WATER AS WELL AS THE STANDARD 10K RACE (GERMANY WON BOTH THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S) FINA INTRODUCED A MIXED GENDER 4X1500M RELAY FOR THE FIRST TIME.  ITALY TOOK THE TITLE IN A TIME OF 1:06:49.10!  WE LOVED THE MIXED TRIATHLON RELAY RACE AT THE OLYMPICS SO LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THIS ONE ON THE CIRCUIT.

FLORIAN WELLBROCK (GER) ABSOLUTELY SPLASHED IT OVER THE FEW DAYS NOT ONLY TAKING GOLD IN THE 10KM OPEN WATER EVENT BUT SMASHING A 6 YEAR OLD WORLD RECORD IN THE 1500M.  BAD MAN!

 
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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/YOGA INSTRUCTOR AND RUNS ONLINE MONTHLY BOOTCAMPS AS WELL AS PROVIDING TAILORED ONE TO ONE SESSIONS - HIT HER UP FOR ALL YOUR FITNESS NEEDS! 

SESSION 3

THIS SESSION IS 3 EASY BREATHING EXERCISES THAT CAN BE DONE BEFORE A COLD WATER SWIM TO GET THAT FOCUS AND CALMNESS NEEDED.  CAN ALSO BE DONE AS A LITTLE RESET AT ANY POINT DURING A HECTIC DAY.  🏊‍♀️

CHECK THE VIDEO BELOW FOR YOUR MINI-MEDITATION - NICE ONE LUCY FOR KEEPING US ZEN!

P.S.  MASSIVE CONGRATULAIONS TO LUCY - SHE'S GETTING MARRIED ON SATURDAY!   WE LOVE YOU X

 
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PEOPLE // POOLS // PISCIBUS

THE PILLARS OF SWIMMING

 

 

IN KEEPING WITH OUR DIVE IN WITH FIVE WITH RORY WE THOUGHT WE’D KEEP PPP IN THE LAKES THIS MONTH.

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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STARTING WITH DANNY LONGMAN – UNIVERSITY LECTURER AND SOME- TIME RECORD BREAKER.  THIS GUY LOVES TO PUSH HIMSELF TO THE LIMIT WHETHER THAT BE SWIMMING OR EVEN ROWING.  IN 2019 HE SET A NEW RECORD BY SWIMMING THE LENGTH OF ALL THE PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE LAKES (13) IN THE LAKE DISTRICT – THAT’S 44 MILES/71KM OF SWIMMING.  AS IF THAT WASN’T HARD ENOUGH HE DECIDED TO BIKE BETWEEN EACH SWIM SPOT COMPLETING IT ALL IN 78 HOURS.


THE FOLLOWING YEAR A YOUNG CHALLENGER, GEORGE TAPLIN, SWAM THE SAME ROUTE BUT DITCHED THE BIKE AND JUMPED IN A CAR WHEN HOPING FROM SPOT TO SPOT.  IT TOOK HIM 3 DAYS TO COMPLETE THE FEAT.


NOT TO BE OUT DONE DR DANNY RETURNED IN AUGUST 2021 (THIS TIME WITH A CAR) TO BANG OUT THE NEW CHALLENGE IN 41 HOURS AND 7 MINUTES SMASHING THE RECORD.  APPARENTLY THE SMELL OF DAMP WETSUITS WHILST SLEEPING ALMOST DERAILED THE ATTEMPT, AS HE HAD TO SWIM ALMOST 5 HOURS WHILST TRYING NOT BE SICK.  STOMACH OF STEEL, MAN OF STEEL – TAKE A BOW!

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 WORD TARN IS DERIVED FROM AN OLD NORSE WORD TJÖRN MEANING A SMALL MOUNTAIN LAKE OR POND.  LYING AT AN ALTITUDE OF 718 METRES (2,356 FEET) HIGH UP ON THE EAST SIDE OF HELVELLYN MOUNTAIN IS RED TARN.  FORMED FROM A SMALL GLAZIER THAT ERODED THE MOUNTAIN SIDE THEN MELTED.  IT IS 25M DEEP AND ONE OF THE HIGHEST TARNS IN THE LAKE DISTRICT.  


IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA WHY NOT TRY A 6 MILE CIRCULAR WALK (OR RUN IF YOU’RE LIKE RORY) FROM GLENRIDDING WITH A DIP IN THE TARN IN BETWEEN – YOU CAN ALSO CLIMB THE PEAK OF HELVELLYN IF YOU REALLY WANT A CHALLENGE.  ITS DEFINITELY GOING ON OUR LIST – THE VIEWS LOOK INCREDIBLE!

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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SCHELLY OR IF YOU WANT TO DROP THE LATIN TO SOUND CLEVER - COREGONUS STIGMATICUS, IS A FRESH WATER FISH AND PART OF THE SALMON FAMILY.  IT CAN ONLY BE FOUND IN 4 LAKES IN THE WORLD AND ALL OF THEM ARE IN THE LAKE DISTRICT - BROTHERS WATER, HAWESWATER, ULLSWATER AND THE VERY SAME RED TARN!

THE INCREDIBLY RARE SCHELLY FISH ARE SADLY CLASSIFIED AS ENDANGERED IN HAWESWATER DUE TO BEING EATEN BY CORMORANTS (LARGE BLACK WATER BIRDS) AND WATER BEING TAKEN FROM THE RESEVOIR.  THANKFULLY IN THE OTHER 3 LAKES THEIR POPULATION IS CONSIDERED STABLE.

 

SO IF YOU ARE TAKING A DIP IN ANY OF THESE LAKES KEEP AN EYE FOR THE SCHELLYS AND AT LEAST THANK THEM FOR LETTING YOU USE THEIR HOME - ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR MANNERS.

 
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HITTING YOU WITH THE MINDFULNESS TIPS THIS MONTH.

KEEPING YOU IN THE MOMENT BECAUSE

THAT'S  WHERE ALL THE FUN IS HAD.

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 ALL KNOW IT’S BAD TO CHECK YOUR PHONE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING BUT WE’RE GONNA HIT YOU WITH SOME SCIENCE SO YOU KNOW WHY.
WHEN YOU’RE IN THE LAND OF NOD YOUR BRAIN IS RUNNING ON DELTA WAVES AND WHEN YOU FIRST WAKE UP – THAT SORT HALF AWAKE/HALF ASLEEP RELAXED STATE OF MIND, THEY SWITCH TO THETA WAVES.
AS YOU BEGIN TO SETTLE INTO YOUR MORNING YOUR BRAIN STARTS TO PRODUCE ALPHA WAVES SO NOW YOU ARE AWAKE BUT STILL CHILL.  APPARENTLY WHEN THE BRAIN IS IN EITHER OF THESE STATES ITS CREATIVE SIDE IS ON POINT AND YOU CAN TAP INTO YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS AND VISUALISE WHAT YOU WANT.  SOUNDS GOOD DON’T IT?!


WELL IF YOU ROLL OVER AND GRAB YOUR PHONE STRAIGHT AWAY YOUR BRAIN GOES STRAIGHT FROM RUNNING ON THE DEEP SLEEP DELTA WAVES TO THE ALERT BETA STATE AND YOU MISS OUT ON THOSE SICK WAVES, NAMELY THETA AND ALPHA.  THIS LEADS TO YOU BEING MORE EASILY DISTRACTED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.


SO PUT YOUR PHONE ON AIRPLANE MODE OR GET AN ALARM CLOCK AND DO SOMETHING CREATIVE FIRST THING – READ A BOOK, DRAW, WRITE, LISTEN TO A PODCAST, PLAY THE GUITAR, MEDITATE…WHATEVER FLOATS YOU BOAT – JUST DON’T REACH FOR THAT BLOWER! 

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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ONCE YOU’VE WOKEN UP SLOW TO KEEP YOU PRESENT IN THE MOMENT TRY THIS SIMPLE LITTLE EXERCISE THROUGHOUT THE DAY.  WHENEVER YOU MOVE FROM STANDING UP TO SITTING DOWN REALLY TUNE INTO THAT MOVEMENT – DON’T DO ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY LIKE GOING SLOW OR WHAT NOT JUST THINK ‘I’M ABOUT TO STAND UP NOW’.


IT’S SUCH A REFLEX MOVEMENT THAT MOST OF THE TIME WE’LL DO IT AUTOMATICALLY AND RARELY GIVE IT A SECOND THOUGHT BUT BY BEING CONSCIOUS FOR THESE LITTLE MARKERS IT WILL HELP TRAIN OUR BRAIN TO BE LESS SCATTY AND MORE FOCUSED.


THIS MIGHT SOUND EASY BUT HONESTLY TRY IT YOU’LL BE AMAZED HOW OFTEN THAT TRANSITIONAL MOVEMENT IS MISSED!

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 GUT?  JUST WHERE YOU FOOD GOES RIGHT?! WRONG!


TWO THIRDS OF OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM LIVES THERE, IT IS PHYSICALLY CONNECTED TO THE BRAIN THROUGH MILLIONS OF NERVES AND IT PRODUCES 90% OF YOUR BODY’S SEROTONIN AKA THE HAPPY HORMONE.


THE OLD GUTTY WUT DESERVES A LITTLE LOOKING AFTER THEN DON’T YOU THINK!  

 

FOR A HEALTHY GUT YOU WANT PROBIOTICS ON THE REGS – THINK FERMENTED FOOD/DRINK LIKE KIMICHI, KOMBUCHA, MISO AND SAUERKRAUT (MMM…DANONE CAN DO ONE).  

 

CHECK OUT THIS SPEEDY CABBAGE KIMCHI RECIPE FROM MOB KITCHEN TO GET YOUR FIX – TRUST US ITS THAT BANGING YOU’LL WANT IT EVERYTHING – YOUR GUT’S GONNA LOVE YOU!

 
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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:

WITH TALK OF THE SEINE BEING MADE SWIMMABLE BY THE 2024 OLYMPICS IN PARIS THE REINTRODUCTION OF SWIMMING IN THE THAMES IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL GET BEHIND!

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THAMES BATHS ARE AIMING TO ACHIEVE.  WE REACHED OUT TO THE TEAM (CHEERS CHRIS!) AND THEY KINDLY GAVE US AN INSIGHT INTO THEIR MISSION SO FAR:

THAMES BATHS HAS HAD ITS ARCHITECTS STUDIO OCTOPI REVIEW THE FEASIBILITY OF OVER 10 DIFFERENT SITES ALONG THE THAMES. WE’VE HAD SITES BOTH WITHIN THE PLA’S (PORT OF LONDON AUTHORITY) REMIT AND OUTSIDE. THE PLA ARE UNDERSTANDABLY MORE CAUTIOUS GIVEN THE BUSY WATERWAY THEY OVERSEE, HOWEVER WE ARE CLEAR WITH OUR MISSION AND WE ARE SAFE. OFF BANKSIDE (SOUTH EAST LONDON) WAS A GREAT SITE BUT WE DIDN’T GET THE SUPPORT OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL CULTURAL INSTITUTION IN THE AREA. WE’VE BEEN OVER TO WEST LONDON, BEYOND THE REMIT OF THE PLA, WHICH INEXPLICABLY HAS FIZZLED OUT, DESPITE A BUNDLE OF OPTIONS PRESENTING THEMSELVES. WE’VE LOOKED AT THAMES TRIBUTARIES AND THAT HAS PROVED POSITIVE BUT LACKED THE ENTHUSIASM NECESSARY TO SEE IT TO THE NEXT STAGE. THE DOCKS REMAIN A SERIOUS POSSIBILITY BUT DESPITE PERSISTENT NAGGING, THERE SEEMS TO BE A RELUCTANCE TO ENGAGE. WE’RE HOPING TO CHANGE THAT. WE HAVE A CURRENT SITE, A VERY UNLIKELY LOCATION, AND ITS LOOKING GOOD, BUT IT’S EARLY DAYS.
 
WE, LIKE EVERYONE THAT KINDLY BACKED US AT KICKSTARTER, BELIEVED THIS COULD HAVE HAPPENED WITHIN A FEW YEARS. HOWEVER, THE REALITY HAS PROVEN VERY DIFFERENT. THE UK HAS EVOLVED INTO A NATION FEARING WATER IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT. DESPITE BEING AN ISLAND, WITH DECADES OF COMPETENCE ON AND IN WATER, THERE NOW SEEMS A PARANOIA AROUND WATER IN OUR TOWNS AND CITIES. YET WHAT MAKES THIS BIZARRE IS THE UNBELIEVABLE NUMBERS THAT ARE HEADING OUTDOORS TO SWIM IN OUR RIVERS AND LIDOS. OUR ARCHITECTS, STUDIO OCTOPI, ARE ALL OVER THIS AND HAVE MANY OTHER IDEAS FOR GETTING US TO WATER, BUT ITS HARD, AND THERE NEEDS A POLICY SHIFT TO BREAK THIS NEGATIVE LOOP. NEW LIDOS ARE CURRENTLY NOT LIKE BUSES, BUT ONE DAY THEY WILL BE. SUPPORT US, AND EVERYONE CONNECTED TO POOLS, THAT IS THE WAY TO SHOW HOW MUCH THIS MOVEMENT MEANS TO US ALL. THEN WE CAN BEGIN TO MAKE SOME SERIOUS CHANGE.

WE LOVE THE PASSION FOR GETTING PEOPLE IN THE WATER AND IT IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING WE BELIEVE IN AT COOTS HQ.

SPREAD THE WORD AND MAYBE ONE DAY WE WILL BE DOING A CASUAL BREASTSTROKE DOWN THE RIVER.

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FIVE QUESTIONS.

ON SWIMMING.

BIT OF FUN.

THIS MONTH IN THE HOT SEAT:

RORY SOUTHWORTH - OUTDOOR BADDAMAN.

WE HAD SUCH A GOOD CHAT WITH RORY WHO REALLY TOOK US ON A JOURNEY THROUGH HIS SWIM STORY SO FAR.

DIVE IN.

NICE ONE FOR READING.
SEE YOU IN THE WATER.

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