Aquatic Swimming School
18 Prince St, Southport, 4215 ph: (07) 5531 4147
Brownies Gold Coast Swimming Centre
5 Rosemont Ave, Broadbeach Waters, 4218 ph: (07) 5539 0531
Burleigh Beach Pavilion Swim Centre
43 Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads, 4220 ph: (07) 5535 5030
Coopers Swim School
6 Flagstone Dr, West Burleigh, 4219 ph: (07) 5520 2250
Giggles Swim School
208 Universal St, Gaven, 4211 ph: (07) 5500 0691
Gold Coast SwimWorld
55 Mudgeeraba Rd, Worongary, 4213 ph: (07) 5530 7622
Gullivers - Coomera Heated IndoorSwim Gym & Sports
Cnr Hargrave Rd &, Fawn St, Coomera, 4209 ph: (07) 5561 7733
Harbour Town Swim Academy
401 Pine Ridge Rd, Coombabah, 4216 ph: (07) 5537 2766
Helen's Swim School
43 Thredbo Dr, Worongary, 4213 ph: (07) 5530 2296
Palm Beach Olympic Pool
Thrower Drv, Palm Beach, 4221 ph: (07) 5534 4188
Robina Aquatic Centre
Cnr Markeri &, Caulfield St, Robina, 4226 ph: (07) 5593 3050
Robina, 4226 ph: (07) 5593 1854
Shapland Swim Schools
see website for locations, ph: (07) 3284 1444
Somerset Swimming Academy
Somerset College, Somerset Dr, Mudgeeraba, 4213 ph: (07) 5530 7938
Sports Super Centre
Cnr Sports Dr &, Morala Ave, Runaway Bay, 4216 ph: (07) 5500 9810
Swim For Life
Southport Olympic Pool, Marine Parade, Southport, 4215 ph: (07) 5571 0161
The Rec Club, Casey Rd, Sanctuary Cove, 4212 ph: (07) 5577 6020
Terry Buck Swim School
Cnr Greenwau &, Leisure Drv, Banora Point, 2486 ph: (07) 5523 3177
The Swim School
63 Ourimbah Rd, Tweed Heads, 2485 ph: (07) 5536 8865
Golden Door Club at Mirage, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, 4217 ph: (07) 5531 3626
Royal Pines Resort, Ross St, Ashmore, 4214 ph: (07) 5592 9170
Tugun Get Wet Swimming
1 Tugun St, Tugun, 4224 ph: (07) 5598 3027
Uswim ph: (07) 3891 9027
Water Dragon Swim Team
Oasis Pools Club Banora, 2 Leisure Dr, Banora Point, 2486 ph: (07) 5523 1781
27 Yacht St, Southport, 4215 ph: (07) 5531 1566
Protect Yourself Now, Thank Us Later!
SUNLIGHT has been clinically tested to improve moods and increase your body’s vitamin D production and endorphin release. But while everyone wants a glowing tan, the sun can also seriously damage your skin if you don’t take precautions. Here’s some simple guidelines for capturing that perfect tan and not frying your skin.
• The most important factor when picking a sunscreen is to get one that has an SPF of 15 or higher and broad-spectrum protection. This means your skin will be protected from both UVA and UVB rays.
• Chemical-free physical sunblocks that contain ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (like MenScience’s TiO2 Sunblock SPF 30) reflect harmful rays without reacting with the skin. This means they don’t cause allergic reactions and don’t sting the eyes if they run due to swimming or sweating.
• Regularly exfoliating your skin removes the outer layer of dead cells and allows you to achieve a more even tan. However, this also causes your skin to burn more easily, so don’t scrub yourself right before tanning.
• Lips can chap as easily from sunburn as from exposure to cold and dry air, so make sure to use a lip protection with an SPF of 15 or higher.
• Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before you go out into the sun to allow the skin time to absorb it. After a half an hour outside, it should be applied again for maximum protection. Most sunscreens only last about two hours, so make sure to apply it regularly, especially if swimming or sweating heavily. Even “waterproof” brands lose their potency after an hour in the water.
• Sand and water can reflect up to 90% of the sun’s rays, so give your skin extra protection when at the beach. A stronger SPF is also recommended for higher altitudes, since the air is thinner and sun exposure more intense.
• Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to sensitive areas like the tops of your feet, backs of your ears and neck, and areas of the scalp and hairline if your hair is thin or thinning.
There are so many swimming benefits, from physical to mental to social. Understanding all the benefits of swimming is important because swimming really can change your life. In fact, it can even extend your life!
Here are some swimming benefits:
Low impact — When you exercise on land, such as running or walking, you put a lot of pressure on your joints, bones and muscles. With swimming, the buoyancy of water acts cushions your body and is no harsh pounding to stress your joints and muscles. In fact, swimming is regarded as one of the safest exercises, with very little risk of injury. And many people who have been injured turn to swimming as a way to exercise, and even rehabilitate their injuries.
Anyone can do it — No matter your age, weight, skill level, or fitness level, swimming is an excellent choice for anyone including overweight people, people with disabilities , pregnant women and seniors.
Longevity — A recent study shows that swimming helps you live longer. In a study of more than 40,000 men ages 20 to 90, swimmers were 50 percent less likely to die during the 32 year study period than were walkers or runners.
Weight loss — You burn around three calories a mile per pound of bodyweight. So if you weigh 150 pounds and you swim one mile in 30 minutes, then you will burn 900 calories per hour. Of course, how many calories you burn depends on how much you weigh and the intensity of your workout. If you weigh 150 pounds and swim at moderate intensity, you will burn around 600 calories per hour.
Cross- training — Swimming is also a great way to do cross-training, when added to your regular workouts. Before a land workout, swimming helps you warm up. After a land workout, swimming helps you cool down, recover your muscles and relax.
Physical health benefits — Swimming builds flexibility, endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular health. Water adds 12 times more resistance than air, so it takes more work to move through water than air. Swimming not only helps strengthen muscles, it also helps builds lean, flexible muscles.
Mental benefits — For many swimmers, swimming is like a form of mediation. This is because swimming is a focused activity that cannot be combined with distractions like reading or watching television. Swimming forces you to regulate your breathing, and allows you to focus on nothing but the rhythm of your stroke. It reduces stress and leaves you feel relaxed and refreshed.
Recreation — Swimming is a lot of fun and can be a great way to socialize. Whether at the beach or a pool, it is fun to swim with other people. You can join a water aerobics class or a master’s swim practice, and socialize while you workout.
Swimming is a lifetime sport that benefits the body, mind and spirit.
August 19th, 2009
Most people know that activity in water can be used to treat and even heal a long list of physical ailments, and that physicians have long touted the benefits of swimming for just about everyone.
New studies continue to show the physical and mental benefits of swimming or other aquatic activity.
One new study shows that swimming cuts men’s risk of dying by about 50% compared to runners, walkers and sedentary peers. The University of South Carolina study led by Dr. Steven Blair evaluated more than 40,000 men over a 32 year period.“Swimmers had the lowest death rate,” explains Blair. “Therefore, swimming appears to be a healthy alternative to other types of physical activity.” Dr. Blair also found that regular swimmers had a higher cardio respiratory fitness than walkers and sedentary people.
Dr. Joel M. Stager, a researcher at the University of Indiana, has spent the past several years conducting studies on the relationship between swimming and aging. What he has found is nothing short of amazing.
“When you look at all the standard physiological markers associated with the aging process, we see that every one of them is slowed dramatically in people who swim regularly”, says Dr. Stager. “Exercising in water slows down the aging process, and often quite dramatically – by upwards of 20 percent in some cases. You almost cannot overstate the benefits of exercising in water.”
In fact Dr. Stager’s research points to a range of swimming benefits across the full spectrum of health. Research has shown that swimming slows down the aging process in terms of respiration, muscle mass, bone density, cardiovascular activity and neurological function.
Swimmers are seldom if ever injured. The vast majority of people studied have never experienced any kind of swimming related injury. And there are thousands of case histories and testimonials of people who’ve recovered from serious physical problems by working out in water. Ankle, hip and knee injuries, spinal injuries, neurological disorders, arthritis, all manner of sports injuries and most types of congenital disabilities can all be treated with some form of water exercise.
There is also evidence to suggest that swimming benefits mental health and even spiritual and social health.
“When you look at the benefits from the perspective of routine swimmers, it’s fair to say that it’s as close to a genuine fountain of youth as exists in the real world”, says Dr. Stager.