Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Ironman great Riddington launches device to ‘change the shape of swimming’

Ironman great Riddington launches device to ‘change the shape of swimming’
December 29, 2015

Ironman legend Craig Riddington has invented a device that he believes “could absolutely change the shape of swimming.”

Riddington, who now runs Surf Educate Australia, has spent the past three years creating Swimfassst, a simple, but effective stroke-training device that he claims will overwhelming improve swimming ability.

The flotation device ensures people don’t drop their elbows while, instead putting more emphasis on forearms to power through the water. While attached to the device, swimmers move through the water using a technique similar to doggy paddling.

Swimfassst – which comes in three age-based models – forces people to keep their elbows up through locking them into a sleeve and, while he sees the device as being suitable for helping all types of swimmers, Riddgington sees that it will have particular benefits for the everyday swimmer.

Riddington told Sydney newspaper The Manly Daily “everyone who has put it on has said the same thing: ‘wow, I can feel what it’s like to be a swimmer’."

Riddington, a surf ­lifesaving legend who has also represented Australia in the swimming pool, said Swimfassst had already received positive feedback from Olympic swim stars Tom Fraser-Holmes and Grant Hackett.

Both Olympians praised the device with Fraser-Holmes saying he felt it would help with his breaststroke and butterfly and Hackett saying he could feel it in his hands and forearms, which was an indicator to him of what the device was trying to achieve.

Riddington added that "the device forces the swimmer to bend their elbow and complete the drills and specific strengthening exercises without the resurfacing of bad habits, but instead - training the correct muscle memory for swimming within just one use.

“Drills include, but are not limited to - dog paddle, extended double arm fast hand movement (scull), and broader sculling drill (like breaststroke).”

The device can also be used for:

Kick sets - as a replacement for a kick board, detach and hold in front of body, it is more streamline
One arm drills - as a replacement for a kick board, detach and hold in front of body it is more streamline and does not interfere with the stroke 
Strength training - fatigue sets in, particularly around forearms, it is quite anaerobic 
Resistance training - attach the device to ankles and swim freestyle normally, or breaststroke arms (instead of band and pull buoy), (use inner settings)
Coordinating a six beat kick - by kicking hard whilst doing dog paddle drill 
For swimmers who panic breathe - allowing the swimmer to coordinate breathing while doing swimming drills
Paddle work - where paddles can expose bad technique, so by using paddles for strength with the device - will also perfect stroke and streamlining through this area

For more information go to www.seaaustralia.com.au/SWIMFAST.php

27th December 2015 - PROFESSIONAL LIFEGUARDS HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR SAFETY FIRST AT THE BEACH

26th October 2015 - SWIMTAG ENABLES SWIMMERS TO TRACK THEIR ACTIVITY

4th November 2013 - PARENTS VALUE SWIMMING AND WATER SAFETY LESSONS ABOVE OTHER OUT-OF-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

19th September 2011 - IRON MAN RIDDINGTON WINS MANLY SURF SKILLS CONTRACT

11th October 2010 - SURF DROWNINGS INCREASE DUE TO CHANGING AUSTRALIA

8th February 2010 - RIDDINGTON’S SWIM SAFETY LESSON


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

ICP

ICP is an Australian-based company focused on indoor climbing. ICP will manage your project from initial design to completion and beyond, whether you're building an international-level climbing…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

Abel Sports

INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

DEBITSUCCESS

Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Golf / Recreation

 
 

SWIMPLEX AQUATICS

Swimplex Aquatics are a world-class company dedicated to the commercial pool, waterslide industry. We are Australian market leaders servicing all states Australia wide. Swimplex provide a full…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

BODY BIKE AUSTRALIA

BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

State Wide Pool Services

Known as Hydrilla since September 2020 - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/hydrilla-pty-ltd

read more

Aquatics

 
 

Yellowbox Lockers

Yellowbox is an Australian technology company that has developed smart locker technology operated through an app with a focus on experience for users and facility managers. Found at Beaches, Aquatic…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Entertainment / Retail / Security

 
 

Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business