The countdown to Rio: What Are the Olympics Going to Be Like for the Swimmers?

Rio Ready 2016

Are you ready for the Olympics? For those of us watching from our couches, it’ll be an exciting time. For those pro swimmers travelling to Rio, it will be the dream of a lifetime. Top athletes from around the globe are counting down the last few weeks until they can turn those dreams into a reality.

The Rio Olympic Games 2016 begin on Friday, 5 August and conclude on Sunday, 21 August. The indoor swimming events will feature 900 swimmers taking to the waters of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium while another 50 swimmers will hit the open waters of Fort Copacabana.

Brazil’s second largest city is in the midst of mad preparation for the world to descend upon their tropical oasis. The first stop for Olympic athletes will be Barra da Tijuca, a newly constructed neighbourhood in Rio that will host the Olympic and Paralympic Village. When they aren’t competing or training, the world’s greatest swimmers will stay in one of seven compounds alongside a total of 3,604 first-class athletes.

Once it is time to hit the water, the Rio 2016 Olympic swimmers will head over to the Olympic Aquatics Stadium which just opened in April. The venue has a capacity of 18,000 spectators and big names like Chad le Clos, Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps are sure to fill up the seats. The Olympic Aquatics Stadium has a training pool and an event pool which will host the swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo events.

The men and women of the Olympic swimming teams will participate in a total of 16 events, including relays and individual competitions in four strokes: freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke.

According to FINA standards, the Olympic swimming pool at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium will maintain a consistent temperature between 25 to 28 degrees C. And the weather outside of the stadium will be amazing!

Thanks to Rio de Janeiro’s location between the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Guanabara and Sepetiba Bays, the weather in the city can change quickly in terms of rain and wind but it consistently stays quite lovely during August.

Olympic athletes and fans can expect average midday temperatures around 24°C while the average day temperature will range between a low of 18.9 °C and a high of 28.1 °C with humidity levels typically around 66.4%. You couldn’t ask for much better weather than that!

One of the best spots during the entire 2016 Rio Olympic Games will surely be the Copacabana zone, where the open-water marathon will be held. Swimmers and fans there will enjoy the gorgeous weather with a backdrop of one of South America’s most beautiful sites. Loved by the entire world for decades now, the Copacabana zone is sure to make everyone fall head over heels for Brazil during this year’s games.

So, future Olympic swimmers, which events are you most looking forward to in the Rio Olympic Games 2016?


Racing Along with the New Colour Waves in the Cobra Ultra Range

Arena Cobra Ultra Goggles 2016

Around the pools, lakes, rivers and oceans of this world, Arena has become a name that is synonymous with innovation and quality. This game-changing swim gear company is at the top of its field and their amazing gear can help propel you to success.

If you are looking for goggles that you can put on and forget about, look to the latest line from Arena. Their Cobra Ultra Range is one of the most impressive lines of goggles on the market today. Professional and amateur swimmers alike have been drooling over them since the day they hit the shops and it is easy to see why.

The ultimate in racing goggles, the Cobra Ultra and Cobra Ultra Mirror goggles have a flawless fit, hydrodynamic design and provide optimum vision. Their sleek shape will allow you to propel through the water at top speed while their anti-fog UV protection lenses will provide you will perfect sight.

The Cobra Ultra’s hard lens are designed for a perfect underwater view and are exactly what you need for outdoor swimming. With five interchangeable nose bridges, a dual silicone strap, RFA back clip and a thin gasket, TPE seal, polycarbonate lenses, extra wide peripheral vision and low profile hydrodynamic design, there is nothing that Arena can’t brag about with their Cobra Ultra Range.

With such an impressive lineup of features, the only question you have to ask yourself is: which style is right for you? From high fashion to classical standards, Arenas knows that swimmers want something that is not just functional but also looks cool.

Do you love the mirrored lens look? Arena has got you covered! Check out the ultra-chic feminine style of the pink Arena Cobra Ultra with pink and white mirrored lens. In the market for something more traditional? You will love the Arena Cobra Ultra Red Revo, Black & White Goggles with white and black mirrored lens. Of course, they aren’t just stylish looking. Like every style in the Arena Cobra Ultra range, these goggles are perfectly engineered for an amazing fit. With their low profile mirror lenses and sleek design, the Cobra Ultra Mirror goggles will have you gliding through the water. Thanks to their anti-fog lenses and secure silicon straps, these goggles will never be a distraction.

Want an extra bit of flash with your mirrored lenses? Check out the Arena Cobra Ultra yellow and black mirrored lens goggles or the Arena Cobra Ultra silver, green & white mirrored lens goggles. They are all great pics that’ll last you for ages.

Not into the mirrored lens look? You will love the Arena Cobra Ultra googles with tinted lenses. Go for the Arena Cobra Ultra with red and smoke tinted lens goggles or the Arena Cobra Ultra with white and blue tinted lens goggles.

Are you ready to join the club? Find out why Australia’s fastest swimmers James "Missile" Magnussen, Cate & Bronte Campbell and Emily Seebohm are all in love with the Arena Cobra Ultra Range!




Why We Love the All New Range from Arena

Arena One Pieces 2016

Arena Swimwear is one of the most innovative names in the industry. They work with cutting edge research centres and top athletes to create gear that is second to none. Their waterwear design and materials are in constant evolution. If you are searching for a new girls’ or women’s suit, we've got great news for you! The latest range from this award-winning company has just introduced some of their best styles to date.

Arena Swimwear fabric is constructed with chlorine resistant Max Life® Fabric and Waterfeel® X-Life which means that it will last through training session after training session. Thanks to its internal bust support, medium leg cut and internal lining, the latest line of Arena Swimwear provides a flawless, distraction-free fit on top of its trendy style.

One of the highlights of the new line is the Arena Arlequim Womens one piece swimsuit. Available in a deep sea and freesia or green and black, this 54% PL / 46% PBT front lined suit is made with Max Life® Fabric and features a medium leg cut, accelerate back and adjustable straps. It is a dazzling suit that will never get in your way when you are moving to the top of your game.

Looking for an open back suit? Check out the Arena Samba Womens one piece swimsuit. Its wide straps come together in the back to create an open, comfortable fit. And, of course, it has a stunning design! Featuring a fish scale inspired design, you can grab your own in black and green or deep sea and blue. It is definitely one of the chicest swimsuits that you will see this season.

Another swim pro back style of suit that’ll have you turning heads poolside is the Arena Brisa womens one piece swimsuit. Made with Max Life® Fabric, this gorgeous freesia and black suit will look amazing for ages while proving an ergonomic fit that feels like a second skin as soon as you slide it on.

Are you in the market for a high quality girls’ swimsuit? For the ultimate in style, function and durability, go for the Arena Babble Girls one piece swimsuit. Like all of their women’s suits, the Arena Babble Girls’ front lined one piece is made from top quality Max Life® material and features a medium cut leg. With a secure and comfortable fit, the open-backed Babble suit will let her train for hours without ever having to tug at her suit. Available in freesia or black, she will fall in love at first sight with this beautiful suit.

The Arena Papagaio Girls One Piece Swimsuit is another top pick. Not only is it adorable with its pink and parrot themed design, it also allows for full freedom of movement when she is in the water. Made from innovative Waterfeel® X-Life Fabric and featuring a light drop back, this suit is the ultimate in high fashion fun and high tech durability. This front-lined suit is seriously built to last.

So, ladies, which one of Arena’s suits are you going to be rocking this year?


Transform Your Training with the New Vorgee Stealth Range

Vorgee Stealth Kickboard  Pull Buoy 2016

Ready to take your training to the next level? It is time to start working with a kickboard and pull buoy. Target your muscles and perfect every element of your technique with the New Vorgee Stealth Range. Loved by beginners and pros like, this Aussie company has some seriously impressive training gear that every water lover needs in their life.

Vorgee was established back in 2005 to fill a gap in the aquatics market. At that time, there were companies catering to beginners and companies that served pro swimmers but there weren't any holistic aquatics company. Vorgee filled that void by creating a company that takes care of swimmers from their first lesson to the day they carry home their gold metal.

Made up of an experienced team of swimmers, Vorgee is all about developing high quality swimming products and swim gear for every level. Their dedication to becoming a lifelong one-stop shop has made them into one of Australia’s leading and most preferred aquatic brands.

One of the best things that swimmers at every level can do is to expand their training strategies. While swimming and working out in the gym are great ways to get fit, using a swim training tool like a kickboard can make a major difference in both your fitness level and your technique.

So, when you are ready to take things to the next level, grab a Vorgee Stealth Kickboard. This impressive kickboard allows you to focus on your legs so that you can practise your kick stroke, become stronger and improve your balance. Doing short, intense bursts of training on your Vorgee Stealth Kickboard will improve your speed and power while longer sessions will build your muscles.

The Vorgee Stealth Kickboard’s unique hi-tech design offers geometric balance and stability while creating the ideal floatation position. The unique underwater channel lifts the body position and allows the water to flow through creating less resistance. Best of all, the high quality EVA construction means that your Vorgee Stealth Kickboard is going to last for ages.

When you want to start focusing on your upper body, grab a Vorgee Stealth Pull Buoy. A pull buoy is a fantastic training aid that will balance your lower body and allow you to focus on your upper body technique. You’ll quickly build up shoulder and arm strength by using targeted, powerful strokes.

The latest pull buoy from the new Vorgee Stealth Range is truly impressive. Its hydrodynamic design creates a level of comfort and buoyancy that is second to none. Its unique hi-tech design naturally puts you into ideal floatation position while swimming without having to tense your muscles. The Vorgee Stealth Pull Buoy offers geometric balance and stability that you won’t find with cheaper pull buoys. And, of course, like all of Vorgee’s products, this pull buoy is built to last. Its high quality EVA construction means that it will last you through countless training sessions.

When it comes to investing in your future in the water, the New Vorgee Stealth Range will give you the most bang for your buck, both in terms of cash and the payoff that you’ll see from your training sessions.



The Latest & Greatest Arena Jammers & Trunks

Arena Mens Trunks 2016

One of the most innovative names in the industry, Arena Swimwear is at the top of their game. With their constantly evolving, award-winning gear, you can be at the top of yours too! If you are looking for top quality Jammers and trunks that will fit you like a glove, Arena is the brand for you.

The guys over at Arena Swimwear are passionate about using constantly evolving technologies to bring you the latest and great gear on the planet. Made from cutting edge technology, you can trust that every detail of Arena swimwear has been flawlessly designed and thoughtfully engineered by a team of pros.

The latest Jammers and trunks from Arena are no exception. Arena Swimwear’s newest line of gear is truly remarkable. Made from Max Life® Long Lasting Performance fabric and Waterfeel® X-Life fabric, you know that you swimwear is going to last for ages and maintain its glove-like fit.

When it comes to boys’ Jammers, the Arena Caraiva Boys Jammers are second to none. Available in black and turquoise or deep sea and Bali green colours, these Jammers will keep him looking cool while he flies through the water. The Arena Caraiva Boys Jammers have a 36 inch long leg that’ll stay in place without restricting movement. Thanks to the 20% Lycra - 80% polyamide blend of the Waterfeel® X-Life fabric, these Jammers have a blend of high elasticity and superior softness that you just won’t find in most boy’s shorts.

For men’s gear, you will definitely want to check out the Arena Grafico Mens Trunks. One of the most impressive designs to hit the water in a while, professional and amateur swimmers alike have been singing their praises. Thanks to their Max Life® Long Lasting Performance, these trunks are sunlight and chlorine resistant and will hold their shape swim and swim. Every time you slide them on, you can really feel the difference in quality. With a trendy black and lime style, these 17 cm front lined shorts with an inner brief are practical and sleek.

More of a Jammers kind of guy? You will love the Arena Samba Mens Jammers with their fish scale inspired design in deep sea and Bali green. The have an ultra-comfortable, distraction-free fit and will stay in place for hours of training. Just like the Arena Grafico Men’s Trunks, the Samba Jammers are made with the Max Life® Long Lasting Performance fabric. The 45 cm leg Jammers have been engineered with Xtra Life Lycra, which means that they will maintain their fit for longer than your average pair of swim shorts.  For added comfort, they have also got an inner brief and internal drawstring. Whether you are swimming under the hot sun all afternoon or giving your Jammers a beating in a chlorinated pools, these shorts will keep looking great.

So, guys, what is it going to be? Are you a Jammers sort of gent or a trunks kind of guy? Whatever style you choose, Arena is the company to go with!




Transform Your Training with the Michael Phelps Strength Paddle Set

Michael Phelps Strength Paddle 2016

Are you ready to take your training to the next level? If you want to improve your upper body strength, you need to get a set of strength paddles. They will take your swim training to places you never thought possible! Like a set of free weights for the water, you can use these to create a boost of power with every stroke. You will be stronger after every single time you use them.

If you are looking to get the best strength paddles out there, look no further than the Michael Phelps Strength Paddle Set. Like Michael Phelps himself, this gear is second to none. They are flawlessly designed training gear that will totally transform your routine and push you to your physical peak.

What do you get when you bring together the world’s number one swimmer and the top swimming equipment manufacturer for fitness and recreational swimming, aquatic exercise, and triathlons? Enter the MP brand of gear from Michael Phelps and Aqua Sphere. This game-changing brand is unlike anything else you have ever seen. With decades of experience and expertise, the MP Brand has scrutinized every detail of their gear for proprietary technologies and performance enhancing designs for competitive swimmers to ensure that they are bringing out one perfect line after the next.

The Michael Phelps Strength Paddle Set has been designed to mimic the natural bone structure of your hand to create a more natural pulling motion. Rather than awkwardly holding you back, this strength paddle set will allow you to move forward naturally. By adding resistance, you will automatically force your arms to work harder. Of course, the harder your arms work, the stronger that they will become. With vents and raised palm supports, the Michael Phelps Strength Paddle Set enhance your feel for the water while you power through it.

Perhaps the best feature of all is the comfort level. Unlike so many other strength paddle sets out there, these provide some serious comfort. The Michael Phelps Strength Paddle Set has ergonomic wrist straps and finger loops that are fully adjustable, durable and streamlined. While it might not seem like a big deal, it can make all of the difference when you are in the water. Rather than distracting you, the Michael Phelps Strength Paddle Set will feel like a natural extension of your hand and allow you to move through the water distraction-free. This means that you can focus on your form rather than messing with your gear.

Available in small, medium and large, the Michael Phelps Strength Paddle Set has been designed to fit anybody and everybody. By creating a flawless fit, these paddles will help you propel through the water at speeds you would have never thought possible.

And it’s not all about function. The Michael Phelps Strength Paddle Set is stylish too! The small size red, medium sized neon light and large size blue paddle sets will have you looking amazing as you fly through the water.

At just $34.95, the Michael Phelps Strength Paddle Set is well worth every cent!







Michael Phelps Exceeds Expectations with His New MP Xceed Goggles Range

Michael Phelps Xceed Goggles 2016

Looking for the perfect racing goggles? Michael Phelps has got you covered! His new Xceed racing goggles are flawlessly designed to give you a real competitive edge every time you slide them on.

As usual, the Baltimore Bullet is at the top of his game. His gear, like his swimming game, is consistently flawless. This new line of eyewear is no exception.

Combining their patented curved lens technology with a hydrodynamic low profile fit, the new Michael Phelps Xceed Racing Goggles are causing a real stir in the pool.

But don’t take it from us! Let’s here from the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, had to say about them: “The XCEED goggles are the best goggles that I have ever worn– they are super comfortable and the vision is insane. The ability to see so clearly with incredible peripheral vision allows me to see the wall and other swimmers underwater unlike ever before.”

If they are good enough for Michael Phelps, they will easily meet the needs of every amateur and pro swimmer out there. Like all of his gear, Michael Phelps’ new XCEED goggles have been masterfully engineered. The man knows what it takes to speed through the water and he has made sure that his gear enables every swimmer to be at their best.

The patented curved lens on the Michael Phelps XCEED Goggles expand your field of vision so you’ll never need to alter your head position to see through them. And, thanks to the anti-fog treated polycarbonate lenses, you know that you will always have picture perfect vision!

Made with ultra-soft Softeril gaskets and engineered with Exo-Core technology, the Michael Phelps XCEED Goggles provide a watertight seal and maximum comfort so that you can focus on your form rather than your gear!

The compressed Micro-Gasket provides a leak resistant seal with a low profile design and high-quality, low-profile silicone strap with textured grip effect mean that your Michael Phelps XCEED goggles will stay exactly where you want them to be BUT if you do need to make a quick adjustment after you dive in, the hydrodynamic, low-profile head buckle make last minute fixes a breeze.

Best of all, these guys are built to last. Designed and manufactured in Italy and FINA approved, the Michael Phelps XCEED goggles have a semi-rigid exoskeleton that maximizes their structural strength and stability.

So, the only question remaining is: what colour? Whether you are an indoor or outdoor swimmer, Michael Phelps has got just what you need. The Michael Phelps XCEED Yellow & Black Clear Lens Goggles are a perfect pick if you are regularly do your laps in the pool and need to have a clear view of your competition. If you are lucky enough to live by a great outdoor swimming area, grab the Michael Phelps XCEED Grey & Black Smoke Lens Goggles or go bold in the Michael Phelps XCEED Blue & Black Smoke Lens Goggles.

Starting at just $39.95, you know these Michael Phelps XCEED googles will last you for ages and give you a competitive edge in the water.


Flying Through the Water with Michael Phelps Alpha Pro Fins

Michael Phelps Fins 2016

Feel like you are turning into a fish? You need the right fins! Fortunately, Michael Phelps AKA the Flying Fish is here to help.

In case you missed the good news, Aqua Sphere has teamed up with the most awarded swimmer of all-time, Michael Phelps, to create the world renowned “MP” brand of swim gear. At the top of their game as a premier swimming equipment manufacturer for fitness and recreational swimming, aquatic exercise, and triathlons, Aqua Sphere knows a thing or two about engineering perfect gear.

As a swimmer, you know how important it is to have the right gear. You need to be able to move through the water gracefully and distraction-free. When it comes to fins, you need a flawless fit.

As usual, the latest and the greatest addition to the Michael Phelps line is a brilliantly engineered piece of gear. So, if you are looking for fins that will last you for years to come, you have to check out the Michael Phelps Alpha Pro Neon Fin set.

Designed by Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman, every single detail of the Michael Phelps Alpha Pro Fins have been carefully scrutinised to ensure that they can hold up to the highest standards of the best swimmers out there.

People who know swim gear are seriously impressed with these flippers. "A lot of the fins out there today are flat and swimmers learn to kick with their feet apart, which isn't a very natural motion. I'm very pleased with these fins because they're shaped in a way that you can kick the way you're going to when you're swimming," said Coach Bob Bowman. If you can impress a guy who has spent so many hours in the pool, you know that you can impress even the toughest critics.

The Michael Phelps Alpha Pro Fins are a whipping 70% lighter than the traditional swim fins and will help you fly through the water at record speeds. Don’t let your fins hold you back! While other cheap fins will weigh you down, these fins will keep you at the top of your racing game.

Designed to mimic a swimmers natural competitive kicking tempo with an asymmetrical short blade design, these fins will simply feel like an extension of your leg. Thanks to this unique asymmetrical style, your feet are able to move through the water in the same natural way they would move without fins on.

The Rigid EVA foam construction of the Michael Phelps Alpha Pro Fins ensures enhanced propulsion while providing the ultimate standard of comfort. It’s truly the perfect blend of strength and flexibility!

At just $44.95, the Michael Phelps Alpha Pro Fins are a great investment. Constructed from ultra durable closed cell foam, these fins are built to last everything that you can throw their way. Forget about investing in buying cheap fins year after year. These are the fins that you can trust for swim after swim.


What Are Nose Clips and Do You Really Need Them?

Nose Clips 2016


Do you need a nose clip? Do you really know what they are? If you are thinking about getting a swimming nose clip AKA a nose plug, there are a few things that you should consider before you grab one. It might seem like it’s easy enough to just pick up the first one that you see, you will find that their appearances can be deceptive. They actually vary more than you might think!

First things first, let’s talk about their function. Nose clips are basically just little pieces of wire that keep water out of your nose. They come in a range of colours as well as varying sizes for different age groups.

Whatever your age group, nose clips are good for beginners. You should plan to stick with your nose plug for at least the first year when you first get started in the water. A good nose clip will help you learn the freestyle stroke. It will keep the water out of your nose so that you can focus on just breathing through your mouth. You can also master the backstroke and butterfly stroke without having to worry about sucking water up your nose. This is a seriously important function that can make a major difference in the learning process.

As a bonus function, nose clips can be great long-term for serious swimmers who have an allergy to pool chemicals like chlorine. That means that you don’t have to give up your favourite hobby just because of a pesky little allergy!

Really, you can’t lose with a good nose clip. So, are you ready to go shopping? Let’s talk styles, colours and sizes. First up is one of the biggest names around the pool: Speedo. The Speedo Universal Nose Clip comes in a range of colours and its universal size means that it suits every age group. The nylon/silicone blend makes it comfortable and durable.

The Zoggs Nose Clip is another great pick. It has an easy fit frame that works for every age group. The ultra soft silicone nose pads are as comfortable as nose clips can get. It comes with a handy case so it’s easy to keep track of and there are a range of colour options. Another one size fit all option, this nose clip is great for every age group so you won’t have to worry about little ones growing out of it.

Another one of the most popular picks out there is the Finals Swim Nose Clip. Made from stainless steel construction and a latex coating, this nose clip is built to last for years to come. It’s one size fits all uber comfortable sizing means that this clip can literally last a lifetime.

Another great choice from Finals is their The Finals Standard Nose Clip. This durable nose clip is made from a pure metal construction for ultra strength and durability while its latex coating keeps it comfortable  The attached head strap means that it stays in place with a worry-free fit!





Everything You Need to Know About Junior’s Racing Suits

Junior Racing Suits 2016


Are your kids ready to start racing? Congratulations! Now here is your homework. While swim meetups can be a lot of fun, there is a lot of preparation that goes into them. The first step is to get the right junior’s racing suit.

Before you pick out a suit, you need to know a few things about compression level, fabric, and sizing. Choosing the right racing suit might seem like a daunting task but it’s easier than you might think. Like all sports gear, you need to find just the right combination of form and function for your little athlete.

When it comes to girls racing suits, you can find all of the basics in a suit like like the Arena Powerskin ST Kneelength swimsuit. This strong, knitted fabric is endlessly durable and provides a compression level that will reduce drag and help her keep the perfect form.

For another seriously impressive girls racing suit, check out the Arena Powerskin Carbon Air Kneelength. This racing suit has an intelligent compression level that makes the fabric feel like an unbelievably light second skin. The construction of this Carbon Air suit is seriously state-of-the-art suit and will keep the suit’s sizing perfectly fitting.

Another ultra popular girls junior suit is the The Speedo Fastskin Openback Girls Kneelength swimsuit. Made from chlorine resistant fabric, this suit is very durable and has just the right sizing and compression level to help her speed through the water. Its flawless fit will let her focus on her form and forget about her suit.

Looking for something a bit trendier? Check out the gorgeous Arena Limited Edition Powerskin ST Shark/Silver/Orange Kneelength. She will look like a star poolside in this beautiful racing suit. This stunning number is made from the most durable fabric out there and the best compression level that you will find anywhere.

When it comes to boys junior racing suits, the Arena Carbon Flex Jammers are second to none. Everything from the compression level to the sizing to the stitches of the fabric have been scientifically engineered. With a flexible fit and maximum compression, these jammers are the most comfortable suit to ever hit the scene. He won’t have to worry about tugging at suit in this easy-to-wear piece of gear.

Another great pick from Arena is the Arena Powerskin Carbon Air Jammers. WIth an intelligent compression fit and otherworldly lightness, these jammers are seriously sleek. Made from their ultra light, trademarked Carbon Air, this suit is state of the art. It is great from swimmers of all shapes and sizes.

For an incredibly hip style, check out the Agon Flames Jammers. The second-skin sizing and compression level makes these cool jammers popular with amateur swimmers and serious racers alikes.

FINA Approved, the Speedo Fastskin High Waisted Boys Jammers are made from chlorine resistant fabric that will keep them looking amazing swim after swim and a compression level that will have him flying through the water.

Now that you have got your junior’s racing suits covered, maybe it’s time to grab yourself a suit?