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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 4 IS A BELTER:

  • INTRODUCING OUR NEW PPP COLLAB WITH THE INCREDIBLE ARTIST PHOEBE RUTHERFORD

  • A PROPER JOURNEY OF A CSS MIX FROM OUR BOY TOPHER

  • BREASTSTROKE LEG SNAPPERS WITH ABSOLUCY FITNESS

  • DIVING IN WITH FIVE PHOEBE 

  • DRIP'S TIPS ON SWIMMING CARE

  • 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.

ON THE ONES AND TWOS THIS MONTH IS OUR BOY

💥 TOPHER 💥

TAKING YOU ON A SWIM JOURNEY FROM TO THE MIDDLE OF THE SEA AND BACK AGAIN WITH ALL THE VIBES.

 
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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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WE BACK BABY!  DID YOU MISS US?!  ACTUALLY NO NEED TO ASK - OF COURSE YOU DID :)


FEELS LIKE WE SAY THIS EVERY TIME BUT HOW HAVE WE DONE A QUARTER OF THE YEAR ALREADY?! MADNESS.  BUT SPRING HAS SPRUNG AND WE ARE GEARING UP FOR A SUPER BUSY COUPLE OF MONTHS. 


OUR NEXT DESIGN IS FINALLY READY TO GO!  BIT OF TRICKY ONE TO GET RIGHT BUT WE ARE ABSOLUTELY BUZZING WITH HOW IT'S TURNED AND CAN'T WAIT TO UNLEASH IT ON YOU GUYS.  WE'VE JUST TAKEN THE PATTERNS TO THE GRADER (TO PRODUCE THE PATTERNS FOR OUR SIZE RANGE) AND SHOULD HAVE A SAMPLE RUN OF OUR FINISHED PIECES IN OUR HANDS VERY, VERY SOON.


START SAVING THOSE PENNIES AS THE DRIP DROP FOR PRE-ORDER IS IMMINENT!  KEEP VIGILANT AS THIS IS ONE YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS.

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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ALONG SIDE THE SAMPLING PROCESS WE HAD OUR FIRST EVER OFFICIAL PHOTOSHOOT WITH ACTUAL MODELS WHO WEREN'T FAMILY MEMBERS.


THE THING ABOUT ORGANISING A SHOOT IN EAST LONDON AT THE TAIL END OF WINTER IS THAT THE ONLY THING YOU CAN'T PLAN FOR IS THE WEATHER.  IT DIDN'T RAIN BEFORE OR AFTER THE SHOOT ON THE SUNDAY WE CHOSE BUT SAVED IT ALL FOR THE 2 HOURS WE HAD ALLOTED TO GET SOME SNAPS.


OUR BRAVE MODELS TURNED UP LIKE CHAMPS AND GAVE BOTH BARRELS EVEN THOUGH THE RAIN, UMBRELLAS AND COFFEE CUPS WERE FLYING EVERYWHERE.  WE HAD SOME TUNES GOING ON THE SPEAKER AND GOT THE ENERGY GOING TO NAIL SOME QUALITY PHOTOS.  GREY SKY IS PRETTY SYNONYMOUS WITH LONDON LIFE TO BE FAIR SO IT WAS QUITE FITTING IN THE END AND THE MOODY BACKDROP DEFINITELY HELPED OUR SUITS POP.


WITH COVID HAVING MADE PHOTOSHOOTS WITH OTHER PEOPLE NEAR ON IMPOSSIBLE OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING MORE OF THESE AND SHOWING HOW GOOD OUR SUITS LOOK ON EVERYONE!

 
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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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THINK HUMANS ARE THE ONLY ONE ON THE OUTDOOR SWIMMING HYPE?  THINK AGAIN!  NOT CONTENT WITH HAVING A STROKE NAMED AFTER THEM DOGS NOW HAVE THEIR VERY OWN LIDO OR LIDOG, IF YOU WILL.

OPENING ON APRIL 15, CANINE DIP AND DIVE IN MALDEN, ESSEX IS A 32FT POOL (POOLDLE?) SPECIALLY MADE FOR OUR FURRY FRIENDS TO PRACTICE THEIR DOGGY PADDLE.  THERE IS ALSO A, WAIT FOR IT... DOGGY DIVING BOARD!  THREE WORDS YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU NEEDED TO SEE TOGETHER.

ANDY AND JO BROWNLIE, THE HUSBAND AND WIFE DUO BEHIND CANINE DIP AND DIVE WERE INSPIRED TO SET UP THE POOLS AFTER SEEING HOW NERVOUS SOME DOGS WERE OF WATER WHEN ANDY WORKED AS A DOG TRAINER AROUND THE UK.  NOW WITH 4 POOLS (3 IN NORFOLK AND 1 IN ESSEX) THERE ARE HELPING DOGS UNLEASH THEIR INNER BARK FOSTER (QUITE PROUD OF THAT ONE – ANYONE GOT ANY BETTER?). 

SHOUTS TO OUR DOGGY MODELS LOKI AND TY - STRAIGHT UP KILLING IT OUT HERE.

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 2022 BRITISH SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS IS VERY SOON.  TAKING PLACE AT PONDS FORGE INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CENTRE IN SHEFFIELD FROM 5TH-10TH APRIL OUR TOP SWIMMERS WILL DO BATTLE TO EARN AN ELUSIVE SPOT AT THE WORLD CHAMPS.

IN THE RUN UP TO THE BIG ONE EDINBURGH HOSTED THEIR INTERNATIONAL SWIM MEET.  OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLISTS DUNCAN SCOTT AND FREYA ANDERSON ABSOLUTELY SMASHED IT OVER THE WEEKEND.   FREYA TOOK THE FREESTYLE HAT-TRICK WINNING THE 100M, 200M AND 400M CLINCHING THE 100M BY 0.02 SECONDS FROM BRITISH RECORD HOLDER ANNA HOPKINS.  DUNCAN TOOK GOLD IN BOTH THE 200M AND 400M INDIVIDUAL MEDLEYS (IM) HITTING A LIFETIME BEST IN THE 400M IN A TIME OF 4:15.44. 

BIG UPS TO JAMES WILBY WHO ALSO DID HE HAT-TRICK IN THE BREASTSTROKE THOUGH IF ADAM PEATY HADN’T BEEN OUT WITH FLU IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A DIFFERENT STORY. 

SHAPING UP TO BE AN EXCITING SEASON!

 
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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 4

ALL ABOUT BUILDING STRENGTH IN THOSE PEGGY WEGS TO HELP MAKE THAT BREASTSTROKE KICK SNAP LIKE A CROC.  WILL HAVE YOU GLIDING LIKE PEATY IN NO TIME 🏊‍♀️

HERE ARE THE EXERCISES - LUCY RECOMMENDS 30 SECONDS ON, 15 SECONDS OFF - 3 TIMES THROUGH 👊

  1. SUMO SQUATS

  2. COSSACK SQUATS

  3. SQUAT JUMPS - NARROW TO WIDE

  4. GORILLA SQUAT TO HALF BURPEE

CHECK THE VIDEO BELOW!

 
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PEOPLE // POOLS // PISCIBUS

THE PILLARS OF SWIMMING

 

 

GOT A PROPER TREAT FOR YOU GUYS - COOTS HAVE TEAMED UP WITH THE INCREDIBLY TALENTED PHOEBE RUTHERFORD FOR A PPP COLLAB!  

PHOEBE SPECIALISES IN ILLUSTRATIONS OF YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS, PUBS AND BARS - CHECK OUT HER WEBSITE TO SWOOP YOURSELF AN AMAZING PRINT OR GET IN TOUCH TO REQUEST SOMEWHERE SPECIAL TO YOU.

SO EXCITED TO WORK WITH PHOEBE AND SEE HER ILLUSTRATIONS BRING OUR LITTLE PPP STORIES TO LIFE!

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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JM BARRIE OR SIR JAMES MATTHEW BARRIE, 1ST BARONET OM, TO BE MORE PRECISE WAS A SCOTTISH WRITER AND HONORARY LONDONER.  BORN IN KIRRIEMUIR IN 1860 HE MOVED TO LONDON AFTER STUDYING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH TO PURSUE A CAREER AS AN AUTHOR.  HE DONE GOOD OLD JIMMY AND ENDED UP CREATING ONE OF THE MOST WELL-KNOWN CHILDREN’S FICTIONAL CHARACTER – PETER PAN.

WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH SWIMMING I HEAR YOU CRY?! WELL, EVERY CHRISTMAS DAY SINCE 1865 AT 9 ‘O CLOCK SHARP WHILST YOU ARE NO DOUBT QUAFFING A GLASS OF BUCKS FIZZ THE HARDY MEMBERS OF SERPENTINE SWIMMING CLUB ARE PREPARING FOR A 100-YARD RACE.  THE WINNER OF THE RACE IS PRESENTED WITH THE ‘PETER PAN CUP’ AND IF YOU WON IT BETWEEN 1903-1932 THE CUP WOULD HAVE BEEN PRESENT TO YOU BY NONE OTHER THAT JIMMY BARRIE HIMSELF!  WELL I NEVER NEVER(LAND)!

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 SERPENTINE IS A LOVELY LAKE, AND THERE IS A DROWNED FOREST AT THE BOTTOM OF IT. IF YOU PEER OVER THE EDGE YOU CAN SEE THE TREES ALL GROWING UPSIDE DOWN, AND THEY SAY THAT AT NIGHT THERE ARE ALSO DROWNED STARS IN IT’ THE LITTLE WHITE BIRD - JM BARRIE – 1902.

A VERY LOVELY LAKE INDEED AND TO SWIM IN IT, SURROUNDED BY LONDON’S ICONIC HYDE PARK IS AN ABSOLUTE DREAM.   CREATED IN 1730 WHEN QUEEN CAROLINE (WIFE OF GEORGE II) ORDERED THE DAMMING OF THE RIVER WESTBOURNE WITH THE WATER FLOWING INTO THE ARTIFICIAL LAKE THAT HAD BEEN DUG OUT BY THE ROYAL GARDENER.

IT IS NOW HOME TO THE SERPENTINE SWIMMING CLUB, THE OLDEST SWIMMING CLUB IN BRITAIN, FOUNDED IN 1864 JUST A YEAR AFTER THE FA (FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION).  IN 1930 A 100M LIDO WAS OPENED IN THE LAKE BRINGING WITH IT CHANGING FACILITIES AND WHICH MEANT WOMEN WERE FINALLY ALLOWED TO SWIM THERE (A SAD SIGN OF THE TIMES!).

NO WONDER PETER PAN AND LOST BOYS NEVER GREW UP…SWIMMING IN SUCH A SICK SETTING IS GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU PERPETUALLY YOUNG AT HEART.

TOP TIP: GET OFF THE TUBE AT LANCASTER GATE AND TAKE A STROLL THROUGH KENSINGTON GARDENS AND GO SAY HELLO TO THE PETER PAN STATUE BEFORE YOU SWIM.

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 IT CAME TO CHOOSING THE PISCIBUS OBVIOUSLY IT HAD TO BE PETER PAN RELATED AND WE IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT OF THE TICK-TOCK THE CROC BUT A FISH THEY ARE NOT!  HOW’S THIS FOR A DEEP CUT FROM THE DISNEY FILM.  IN THEIR FINAL BATTLE PETER DEMANDS HOOK SAYS HE’S A ‘CODFISH’.  WHY? WELL, IT’S NOT ENTIRELY CLEAR BUT COD WAS A PART OF SAILORS’ STAPLE DIET AND ON LONG VOYAGES WOULD OFTEN GO RANK – SO HOOK WAS BASICALLY ADMITTING TO BEING DISGUSTING AND THAT HE STUNK. ABSOLUTELY CLASSIC FROM PETER THERE LOLOLOL

COD AREN’T THE QUICKEST OUT OF THE BLOCK BUT CAN TRAVEL UP TO 200 MILES TO REACH BREEDING GROUNDS DURING MATING SEASON – THINK MORE CHLOE MCCARDEL THAN CALEB DRESSEL. 

INTERESTINGLY THEY ARE CARNIVORES WITH A CHIN BARBEL – WHICH COMES FROM THE LATIN WORD FOR “LITTLE BEARD”.  THIS WHISKERLIKE SENSORY ORGAN ALLOWS THEM TO DETECT OTHER FISH, CRABS AND PRAWN TO MUNCH DOWN AND KEEP THEM GOING ON THEIR MARATHON SWIMS.

DUE TO OVERFISHING THE IUCN (INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE) HAS THEIR STATUS LISTED AS VUNERABLE SO MAYBE SWAP OUT FOR HAKE NEXT TIME YOU HAVE FISH AND CHIPS AS IT IS SIMILAR IN TASTE AND SUPPLY IS THOUGHT TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE ACROSS THE UK.  ALTERNATIVELY CHECK THIS LIST FOR YOUR LOCAL MSC (MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL) CERTIFIED SUSTAINABLE CHIPPY.

 
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HITTING YOU WITH SWIM CARE TIPS THIS MONTH.

KEEPING YOUR SKIN AND SUITS LOOKING AND FEELING BETTER FOR LONGER.

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 SHOULD DO ANYWAY YOU DIRTY LITTLE OIK BUT THERE IS ACTUALLY ANOTHER REASON OTHER THAN HYGIENE AS TO WHY YOU SHOULD.  A SHOWER HELPS TO HYDRATE YOUR SKIN AND HAIR BEFORE YOU GET IN THE POOL WATER SO THEY ABSORB LESS CHLORINE/SALT WHEN YOU DIVE IN.  A COOL SHOWER WILL ALSO HELP TO CLOSE UP YOUR PORES.

POST SWIM GET STRAIGHT BACK IN THE SHOWER - WARM TO COOL TEMP IF YOU CAN AS AGAIN THIS WILL HELP TO CLOSE UP THOSE LITTLE PORES.  USING A NICE ECO-FRIENDLY SOAP AND MOISTURISING WHEN YOU ARE STILL SLIGHTLY DAMP WILL HELP YOUR SKIN RETAIN ITS MOISTURE.

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 IN THE SHOWER GIVE YOUR SUIT A LITTLE WASH WITH A MILD SOAP (NOT SHOWER GEL) WHILE YOUR AT IT AND RINSE OFF.  YOU NEED THE SOAP AS WATER ALONE ISN’T ENOUGH TO REMOVE THE CHLORINE/SALTS THAT CAN DAMAGE YOUR BELOVED SUIT. 

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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ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT BE TEMPTING TO STICK YOUR SUIT ON THE RADIATOR OR IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT SO IT’S NICE AND DRY FOR YOUR NEXT SWIM LET IT DRY NATURALLY IN THE SHADE OR INDOORS.  THIS WILL ENSURE YOUR SUIT LOOKS AND PERFORMS BETTER FOR LONGER AS HARSH LIGHT/HEAT CAN CAUSE FADING AND BREAKDOWN OF MATERIALS.

ALSO WAIT UNTIL YOUR SUIT IS FULLY DRY BEFORE REUSING AS THIS CAN THIS WILL CAUSE IT TO LOSE ITS SHAPE.  SAME GOES FOR WRINGING YOUR SUIT – DON’T BLOODY DO IT!  IF YOU ARE SWIMMING ON THE REGS GET YOURSELF ANOTHER SUIT SO YOU CAN ALTERNATE BETWEEN SWIMS AND ALWAYS HAVE A DRY ONE.

 
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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. 

NOT STRICTLY SWIMMING/WATER THEMED THIS MONTH BUT IT TIES IN NICELY WITH OUR PPP AND COLLAB WITH PHOEBE. 

THIS MONTH:

THE SERPENTINE TRUST IS A REGISTERED CHARITY THAT RUNS TWO ART GALLERIES ONLY 5 MINUTES APART IN KENSINGTON GARDENS RIGHT NEXT TO THE LAKE THAT LENDS IT IT'S NAME.

THEY PRESENT 'A YEAR-ROUND, PROGRAMME OF EXHIBITIONS, ARCHITECTURE, EDUCATION, LIVE EVENTS AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION, IN THE PARK AND BEYOND' AND BEST OF ALL, IT'S ALL FOR FREE!

NEXT TIME YOU'RE DOWN THE LIDO FOR A DIP GO CHECK OUT THEM OUT AND IF YOU BELIEVE IN MAKING ART FREE, ACCESSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE TO ALL YOU CAN MAKE A CHEEKY DONATION OF THEIR WEBSITE.

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FIVE QUESTIONS.

ON SWIMMING.

BIT OF FUN.

THIS MONTH IN THE HOT SEAT:

PHOEBE RUTHERFORD  - ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE.

WE WENT FOR AN INVIGORATING SWIM WITH PHOEBE AND HER BOYFRIEND ALEX AT THE SERPENTINE LIDO ON A GLORIOUSLY FRESH SUNDAY MORNING.  THE VIDEO WAS SHOT WATERSIDE AFTER A CATCH UP IN THE LIDO CAFE OVER COFFEE AND MASSIVE PASTRIES ON RIDICULOUS SMALL PLATES.

DIVE IN.

NICE ONE FOR READING.
SEE YOU IN THE WATER.

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