The Jump Pad is a safe, flat inflatable made in a variety of sizes which can be used indoor or outdoor. From 3mx3m up to a whopping 9mx21m. Markets include Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, schools,…read more
Ironman great Riddington launches device to ‘change the shape of swimming’
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
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.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
METRA Australia is your innovation partner for smart electronic locking, Access Control solutions and cashless payment systems to suit all types of leisure facilities. Our team’s…read more
Headquartered in Brisbane with an Australia-wide network of satellite offices, PaySmart is one of Australia’s largest and longest-standing direct debit billing companies. In 1996 we began…read more
Established in 1994, Ceramic Solutions has excelled at the supply and installation of swimming pool tiles and equipment for the pool and leisure industry, with a focus on the needs of end-users. …read more
Les Mills Asia Pacific Les Mills Asia Pacific (LMAP) have been setting the benchmark for providing professional fitness solutions across Australia and South East Asia since 1996. Our world renowned…read more
Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 25 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…read more
As of the 1st July 2018, Enta Australasia Pty Ltd/Best Union has been rebranded as VIVATICKET Pty Ltd. Click here to view the VIVATICKET Pty Ltd listing. 19th July 2018 - ENTA…read more
PulseTec Solutions is a leading provider of software systems and solutions to the health and fitness industry for more than a decade. Our key products and services include ClientConnect studio and…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!