SWIMTAG allows users to record the number of lengths, stroke rate, and swimming stroke type within your swimming session, It's aimed at making swimming fun, rewarding and tracking milestones. SWIMTAG offers interactive and tailorable training plans. Whether your target is weight loss, stamina, or swim progression.

SWIMTAG is available at all Aspire pool and free to use for all Aspire users. For more information, please ask at reception.

Benefits of using SWIMTAG

  • records all your swims allowing you to track your progress, set challenges or take part in competitions
  • SwimTag allows you to track your calories burnt, distance swam, time taken, pace, and recognises which stroke you are swimming!
  • aids you in achieving and tracking your personal goals. Whether to increase fitness, weight loss stamina or improving your swimming
  • reduced stress on your joints
  • improved flexibility and range of movement
  • improved mental health and social interactions (be part of the SwimTag Community)
  • also links to MYZONE!*

It is suitable for anyone regardless of age or ability. Whether in swimming lessons, a club that attends a facility or a general swim user. If you have a membership card, you can use the SWIMTAG service free of charge when paying in for a swim. This applies to both ASPIRE Membership holders and Pay and Play Swimmers.

SWIMTAG explained

  • average Pace – is the time it takes you, on average to swim 100ms. The quicker the time the better! E.g. 111s/100m
  • stroke Rate – how many stroke cycles you complete in a minute, for example 22stroke/min. The fewer strokes per minute the better as the more efficient your stroke is. (Stroke rate is taken from the wrist band arm only)
  • stroke Cycle - begins when the first arm enters the water, and ends when that arm recovers and enters the water again (one arm does one full circle). Instead of counting each arm, just count one arm.
  • average DPS - is distance travelled per one stroke cycle (measured in metres per stroke). From this you can also work out how many full stroke cycles it takes you per length of the pool (e.g. by multiplying your stat by 25m)
  • total time – total time spent swimming (excludes rest time)
  • calories – estimated calories burnt during the swim
  • rest – percentage of your total time spent in the pool resting

Top tips

  • if you are trying to lose weight or get fitter, you would need to increase the distance or the speed of the swim. This will increase your heart rate. The higher your heart rate the harder your body is working meaning the fitter you will get
  • to reduce your stroke rate, try doing bigger/longer pulls and adding a slight glide (pause) into the stroke after each stroke cycle.
  • swim with your fingers close together so you can pull against more water with each pull
  • keep kicking your legs!
  • practice drills e.g. kicking (no arms), pulling (no legs)
  • try to control your breathing by blowing bubbles into the water (trickle breathing) and breathe regular (do not hold your breath!)
  • keep your head still in the water (swim in a straight line), ensuring you're looking forwards not down at the pool floor
  • draw a line down the centre of your body and do not allow limbs to cross the line – reducing over rotation and keeping you streamlined
  • engage your core in order to keep stroke steady and stop over rotation
  • pace yourself against another swimmer. Work at their pace try to catch them
  • join a Wakefield Council SWIMTAG Challenge!

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