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See below for a selection of the latest books from Swimming & diving category. Presented with a red border are the Swimming & diving books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Swimming & diving books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!
This book will empower! Told through the incredible stories and breathtaking photos of those who wild swim, it shows how wild swimming can help you to physical and mental health. These are people who have brought their chronic pain, grief, loss, depression, stress and anxiety to the wild waters of seas, lakes and rivers. There they have found joy, confidence, fun, adventure and friendship. These experiences are backed up with the latest science and expert thought, and researched through interviews, on why coldwater swimming is both a mindful and physiologically healing practice. But, more importantly, Taking the Plunge tells how wild swimming works, through the compelling and moving personal stories of people from all walks of life. It features portraits of the swimmers in awe-inspiring scenery, in all weathers, including extremes of ice and snow. Through words and images it highlights the wild swimming community's inclusivity, joie de vivre and camaraderie. For newcomers, this book serves as a guide to all things wild swimming: what to wear, how to take the first plunge, how to keep safe and warm, and where to go. Above all, these stories of taking the plunge will motivate, inspire and offer an exhilarating way to change your life for ever.
This completely revised and greatly expanded Second Edition of the popular Diver's Guide to Marine Life of Britain and Ireland, covers almost 300 individual species and groups of species seen underwater, from tiny fragile sea spiders to the massive plankton-feeding Basking Shark. This guide aims to introduce divers and snorkellers to the most common and identifiable animals and plants they will encounter underwater, both widely distributed species and some of the specialities of different areas. - 265 individual species descriptions, each with information on habitat, size, depth range and distribution in easy to use icon format - Text emphasising the key features for identification of each species and possible confusions - Underwater photographs showing each species as the diver or snorkeller would see it - A unique `confidence guide' to identify which species are easily recognised and which are likely to require confirmation - Over 30 additional groups of plants and animals that cannot be identified individually underwater, but can be important features of the living community - Information on marine habitats, conservation status and non-native species in British and Irish waters.
Swim Speed Workouts is a deck of waterproof swim workout cards, drills, and dryland exercises that are carefully designed to develop the world's fastest freestyle swimming technique. In this updated edition, 4-time Olympian, gold medalist, and triathlon world Sheila Taormina provides the essential instruction, workouts, drills, and training plan to take your freestyle swimming speed to a whole new level. Swim Speed Workouts applies the principles of Taormina's best-selling Swim Speed Secrets, so swimmers and triathletes can get in the pool and get fast. With new drills, more technique instruction, and additional coaching tips, the updated Swim Speed Workouts draws from Taormina's own 30-year racing and coaching career to offer a meticulously designed program that will build your freestyle speed one crucial step at a time. Over 16 weeks, you'll enjoy challenging, fun, dynamic workouts that perfect the essential elements of world-class swim technique. Each waterproof workout card reveals the Olympic-level swimming drills, kick sets, and drylands that develop speed in the world's fastest swimmers. You will improve your stroke and speed by mastering key elements such as hand entry, hand speed, high-elbow catch, underwater pull, stroke finish, core drive, and propulsive kick. Swim Speed Workouts unlocks the secrets to swimming performance, building up swimmers and triathletes to breakthrough swim speed. Also available from VeloPress: Try out a free download of the first week of workouts and see video demos of the program's swimming drills.
Tried and tested by teachers for over 15 years, Swimming Games and Activities is packed with games and ideas for teaching children the basics of water competence. With over 200 graded games and activities, it provides enjoyable ideas to stimulate children of all ages and includes: - confidence-building games for non-swimmers and beginners - more challenging activities such as sculling, treading water and diving to help more advanced swimmers develop their skills - practical advice for teachers on lesson planning, using music, running a gala, teaching survival skills and testing a child's progress.
Swimming is Britain's most popular participation sport. Nearly one in four people swim at least once a month, with around 80 million visits to swimming pools recorded every year. Surprisingly, although public baths have formed a vital part of community life since an 1846 Act of Parliament, their story has never been told in book form until now. Great Lengths, the eighth book in the acclaimed Played in Britain series, traces the development of indoor public baths and pools, from the earliest subscription baths of the Georgian period and the first municipal baths in Liverpool in 1829, to the current generation of leisure pools with their flumes and potted palm trees. In both the public and private sectors the golden era of pool design fell between the 1880s and 1914, when over 600 baths were constructed, many rich in architectural detail and technological innovation. The magnificent Victoria Baths in Manchester completed in 1906 (2003 winner of BBC2 Restoration series) set new standards for opulence. Birmingham's Balsall Heath Baths (1907), London's Haggerston Baths (1904) and similar establishments in Hull, Nottingham and Glasgow equally reflected the civic pride of their creators, as greater awareness of hygiene and physical fitness brought safe swimming and recreation to the urban masses. A further burst of activity between the wars saw a new generation of concrete and glass Art Deco baths and in the 1960s these were joined by classic Modern designs. Great Lengths is no mere exercise in nostalgia. Scores of Victorian and Edwardian baths have been allowed to deteriorate. Dozens remain closed and the subject of long running campaigns for restoration. Yet many modern baths built in the late 20th century have also been found wanting. For this reason, this book will serve as an important reference for anyone involved in the current debate, whether as swimmers or providers.
Dive deep into the world of swimming with open water swimmer and coach Mikael Rosen as he explores the sport through eight different perspectives. With topics ranging from the vigorous mental and physical demands of the sport to gender and race politics, no reader will be left treading water. Rosen also provides a look into the lives of professional swimmers such as Michael Phelps and Sarah Sjoestroem, sharing insights into what makes these greats super swimmers. Packed with interesting history, science, and trivia, as well as useful charts, maps, sidebars, tips, and strategies-plus plenty of photos sprinkled throughout-this compendium is a must-have for any athlete or swimming fanatic.
The Learn to Swim book is a superb how-to guide for parents and caregivers to teach their baby the basics of swimming and water familiarization in the lead up to, and in conjunction with, swimming lessons. Each chapter focuses on a new skill for the parent and baby to learn together in the bath or pool. The skills-illustrated by detailed photos, key learning points, and troubleshooting suggestions-are for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, catering to all stages of learning from those fearful of water to the most water-confident babies all over the world. This book can be adapted to bath time, pools, lakes, or beaches and shows what parents can do with their baby in a safe environment, paving the way for a strong swimming toddler. This book also addresses concerns new parents may have with a dedicated FAQ section that will also answer the age-old question: Will my baby drink the water? Finally, key safety information-including supervision, swim wear, floaties, pool fences, and a special chapter on babies with special needs-are all expertly addressed.
Explore 100 breathtaking scuba diving sites around the world--from the cenotes of Mexico to the best wreck in Micronesia--through stunning National Geographic photography, expert tips, and cutting-edge travel advice. Filled with more than 350 images from National Geographic, 100 Dives of a Lifetime provides the ultimate bucket list for ardent scuba divers and aspirational travelers alike. From diving with manta rays at night in Kona, Hawaii, and swimming with hammerheads of Cocos Island in Costa Rica to exploring caves in Belize's Lighthouse Atoll and diving beneath the ice floes of Antarctica, this exquisite inspirational book is filled with beautiful imagery, marine life guides, trusted travel tips, and expert diving advice from world-famous National Geographic divers and explorers like Brian Skerry, Jessica Cramp, and David Doubilet. Organized by diving experience and certification level--from beginner open water and wreck dives to expert cold water and cave dives--each location offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the magic of our world's oceans--from your armchair or with your scuba gear in tow.