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SWIMTAG enables 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 FREE for all Aspire and swimming lesson members. For more information please visit www.Swimtag.net and swim smart!

Benefits of using SWIMTAG

  • Records all of your swims allowing you to monitor your progress, set challenges or take part in competitions
  • SwimTag allows you to track your calories burnt, distance swam, time taken, pace and also 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!*

*MYZONE is a new innovative heart rate based system that uses wireless and cloud technology to accurately and conveniently monitor physical activity. It monitors heart rate, calories and time exercising that converts into MYZONE Effort Points (MEPs), with a focus on rewarding effort rather than fitness.

Where can I get SWIMTAG?

SWIMTAG is now available at all of Wakefield Councils Swimming Pools:

  • Featherstone Sports Complex

  • Minsthorpe Leisure

  • Normanton Leisure

  • Pontefract Swimming Pool

  • Sun Lane Leisure, Wakefield

Who can use SWIMTAG?

It is suitable for anyone regardless of age or ability. Whether in swimming lessons, a club that attends a facility or just a general swim user. As long as you have a membership card, you can use the SWIMTAG service free of charge when paying in for a swim (either as an ASPIRE Membership holder or Pay and Play Swimmer)

How to Sign up to SWIMTAG

  • Ask the staff about SWIMTAG
  • Staff will issue you with A Membership Card
  • This needs to be swiped through the till and then the SWIMTAG Dock
  • You will then be issued with a wrist band
  • After each swim the wrist band must be returned to reception and placed back onto the dock, this will upload the swim to the users account.
  • In order to sign up to the online tracker and to access challenges, please visit www.swimtag.net/register/wakefield-council and sign up as a 'new user'. You will need the name of the site you did your first swim at, and their membership card number. *New Users must have completed their first swim to be able to sign up.
  • Swimmers will then have access to track their calories burnt, distance swam, time and pace as well as seeing their personal bests and can join in any challenges!
  • SWIMTAG App now available!


  1. Users will need a MYZONE account before starting this process

  2. Log into your MYZONE account Online (https://www.myzonemoves.com) – it cannot be completed on the App

  3. Click "My Account" then "View Your Profile" (Shown below)

  4. Scroll down to "Permissions"

  5. Tick the box next to "Link with SWIMTAG account" (See Below)

  6. Click "Save" (the green tick box on the right)

  7. Now Log into your SWIMTAG Account (online not the App)

  8. Click "settings" on the top right screen

  9. On the bottom right of the "settings" page, click the option to link your MYZONE account and type in your MYZONE belt ID with prompted

  10. Click "enable export"

  11. All future swims will now appear (online only)

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 less 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 workout 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

Challenge yourself!

Each month, Wakefield Council will set a challenge for all SWIMTAG users to join. You will automatically get an invitation sent to you each month a new challenge becomes available.

Challenges could be and individual's challenge (everyone for themselves), pool battle (where each Wakefield Council pool battles for the top spot) or a team challenge (teams of X amount of swimmers compete against each other). Who will top the leader board?!

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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