Diary of a Teenager Diver continued

There is not a lot of equipment a diver needs but there are two things I can’t live without – my chamois and a good swimsuit.

AMANZI Girl Jade Sweeney

The Chamois — otherwise known as an aqua-towel or shammy — a small (usually tie-dyed) water absorbent towel that you will often see draped over our bodies. This tiny towel is capable of holding 10 times its weight in water and dry out almost instantly after you ring it out. Seriously we rely on this small piece of poly-vinyl cloth as a source of comfort (squeezing and biting on this really does relieve stress) and practicality: It dries us off in between dives, and when you are often gripping your legs or other body parts, wet legs raises the possibility that your hands will slip, and slipping can mean losing control mid-dive and we all know that that leads to the previously discussed splat (remember entry # 2).

The Swimsuit – comfortable, functional, durable, unique – what I look for in my swimsuit-so I can’t go past AMANZI as my swimsuit of choice. When you are diving off 10m towers at speeds of up to 60km/hour you want to know that your swimsuit will stand up to the test – oh and still be there when you resurface. The thin shoulder straps on the AMANZI swimmers allow for maximum freedom and ease of movement around my shoulders whilst I am diving and as a fashion forward athlete I love that AMANZI understands that swimwear is not just something you swim in but is a reflection of your unique style and personality. With such a wide variety of prints, wearing AMANZI ensures that I always look and feel great at training.

Until next month,
Jade xx

Read Jade’s first diary entry here.

8 Reasons to Skip the Gym

Never feel like going to the gym? Forget about it! There’s a whole world out there to use for exercising. Run the streets, swim the seas and climb the mountains! Who needs a boring gym to burn calories and get fit?

AMANZI Girl Tamsyn running in the Giza Bikini

AMANZI Girl Tamsyn running in the Giza Bikini

Here are eight reasons why you should use the great outdoors as your private gym.

#1 It Will Boost Your Mood

By exercising outdoors, you can improve your mood and get an added boost from the sunshine and fresh air. Just taking a deep breath of air outside will flood your brain with those feel-good serotonin chemicals. Not only will your workout get you fitter, it’ll instantly make you feel awesome.

#2 You Won’t Be Distracted

While reading and watching TV might make workouts more enjoyable, it can also make them less effective. So many people go to the gym and completely zone out. The problem with this is that you might not be working as hard as you think you are. On top of that, studies have shown that “passive” exercisers develop less hand-eye coordination.

#3 There’s Always Something New to See

When you are running around outside, your scenery is always changing. Rather than staring at the clock or watching the same old TV shows, you’ll always have something new to see outdoors. People watch when you’re doing step-ups on park benches. Scope out new neighbourhoods when you are out for a jog. No matter where you live, there is always a new area to explore. Whether it is a vibrant cityscape or the beautiful countryside, it’ll give you a lot more stimulation that just looking at the same room every day.

#4 It’s Free

There are so many fun things to do outside that’ll serious kick your butt. From running up hills to rock climbing to swimming in the sea to running laps around the park, there are countless ways to break a sweat without even having to open your wallet.

#5 You Will Stick to It          

Studies have shown that people who work out outdoors are more likely to stick with their exercise routine. Thanks to the instant mood boost that we get outdoors, exercisers simply enjoy their workout routines more and are more likely to want to do it again the next day.

#6 You Have to Work Harder

Did you know that running outdoors is actually harder than running on a treadmill? Exercise equipment like elliptical machines and treadmills always do some of the work for you. This is on top of the fact that you will never have to fight against wind resistance which can have a major impact on the total amount of energy that you expend.

#7 You Can Ditch the Weights

Unless you are a serious weight lifter, you are probably better off just using your own body weight for workouts. Rather than risking injury with weights that are too heavy or wasting your time with light weights, use your body! Did you know that those squatting machines at the gym are less effective? Stand up and use your balance for the ultimate workout.

#8 You Can Spend Your Time Working Out

Who wants to spend more time commuting? Skip the trip to the gym and just step out the front door. While it might not seem like a huge timesaver, those minutes definitely add up!

7 Habits of Highly ACTIVE People

We all know someone who has a non-stop lifestyle. It seems like they can do it all and never burn out. Ever wonder how they keep their energy levels going 365 days a year? It is easier than you might think!

Check out these seven habits that we nabbed from the most highly active people around and get inspired to get moving.

#1 Active People Get Up Early

Swimming at sunrise

The early bird catches the worm. Photocred: @laurawood21

Sorry, night owls! It has been proven that the early bird really does get the worm so get up and get moving early in the morning. Working out first thing in the morning means that you’ll never have an excuse to skip the gym. By getting your blood pumping and your heart racing at the start of the day, you will get a boost of energy to keep you going all day long.

#2 Active People Know When to Chill

Rest days are so important! Whether you need a break from studying, working or training, giving yourself a day off actually means that you’ll get more done in the long run. Do whatever you need to do to make sure that you have at least one day each week that you can call your own – even it means saying “no” to a few things!

#3 Active People Know How to Set Goals

How many times have you made a New Year’s resolution only to forget about it before February? Goal setting is about so much more than just writing down wishes. If you really want to accomplish something, set a series of mini goals that you can monitor on a daily basis.

#4 Active People Stay Hydrated

Water is essential! Forget about energy drinks, coffee and soda. Good old fashioned H20 is actually the best thing you can drink to keep your energy level stable all day long. Keep a bottle of water on hand all day, every day. Investing in a refillable water bottle is one of the best health accessories you’ll ever buy.

#5 Active People Keep It Moving

When you’re ultra-busy, it’s easy to get stuck in front of your computer for hours on end. Unfortunately, spending too much time sitting is terrible for your waistline and your heart. The best thing that a serious student or dedicated worker can do is set a timer to get up for at least a couple minutes of every hour.

#6 Active People Plan Their Meals

Ditch the fast food and convenience store snacks. If you plan out your meals in advance, you won’t have to search around for healthy food or be stuck with so-so junk food. Pack your lunch the night before and keep easy snacks like bananas, nuts and baby carrots ready to go.

#7 Active People Get Their ZZZs

The single best thing that you can do for yourself is to get enough sleep! While early mornings can be great for your productivity level, late nights will crush your energy level. Stay energised and feel great all day long by getting a good eight hours of sleep each and every night. Not only will it keep you feeling great, it will have a major impact on your long-term overall health.

Jade’s Outback Experience

Lightning Ridge, home of the unique Black Opal, is where School Sports Australia National Diving Championships were held this year. At the Ridge, we toured underground mines, experienced the Artesian Bore Baths and had a great time mixing and mingling with all the other athletes from around Australia.

AMANZI Girl Jade and synchro partner Liv

AMANZI Girl Jade and synchro partner Liv

One of the highlights of the trip for me was visiting one of the most unusual and unique tourist attractions ever- Chambers of the Black Hand Opal Mine. Set forty feet underground, images are actually carved and painted in the sandstone walls and pillars. There were over 500 wall carvings in this amazing underground chamber created by artist Ron Canlin with tools ranging from a jackhammer and small pick to cutlery from his kitchen!

My next favourite thing in the Ridge was the bore baths. At the end of a hard day diving there was nothing quite like a long soak in the naturally heated thermal baths. Natural pressure sends the water to the surface through an artesian bore and it maintains a constant temperature of 41.5 degrees. Bliss! This was pretty much the popular meeting place for us all to relax and socialise.

Lightning Ridge, a place where there are car doors instead of street signs, a house made from 14,000 coloured bottles and a church that has never even been used as a church, who would have thought that this little outback town would have so much to see and do!  Oh and I picked up a couple of my own little gems by the way of two gold and a silver medal too.

Until next month
Jade x

Make Dad’s Day this Father’s Day

Attention, everyone: Father’s Day is on the 4th of September this year. While your dad might be impossible to shop for, you can give him the best gift of all. Treat your dad to a good chuckle with the cheesiest, most ridiculous dad jokes in the world.

For all the times that your dad has made you smile, why not give him a good laugh? Check out this collection of our favourite dad jokes of all time and share them with all the special dads in your life.

  1. Did you hear about the guy who invented Lifesavers? They say he made a mint.
  1. A ham sandwich walks into a bar and orders a beer. Bartender says, ‘Sorry we don’t serve food here.’
  1. Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted.
  1. I used to have a job at a calendar factory but I got the sack because I took a couple of days off.
  1. A three-legged dog walks into a bar and says to the bartender, ‘I’m looking for the man who shot my paw.’
  1. My dad hurt his wrist and had to go to the hospital where he talked to a doctor.

Dad: When this heals will I be able to play the piano?

Doctor: Yes, You’ll be fine in a few days.

Dad: Perfect, I’ve always wanted to be able to play an instrument.

  1. Milk is also the fastest liquid on earth – its pasteurised before you even see it
  1. Daughter: Dad, did you notice that I got a haircut?

Dad: Really, which one?

  1. I went to a book store and asked the saleswoman where the Self Help section was. She said if she told me it would defeat the purpose.
  1. Wife: Honey, I’m pregnant.

Husband: Well, what do we do now?

Wife: Well, I guess we should go to a baby doctor.

Husband: Hmm… I think I’d be a lot more comfortable going to an adult doctor.

  1. Dad: “Doctor, I’ve broken my arm in several places.”

Doctor: “Well, don’t go to those places again.”

  1. A panda walks into a bar and says to the bartender: “I’ll have a Scotch and……a Coke. Thank you.”

“Sure thing,” the bartender says, “but what is with the big pause?”

The panda holds up his hands and says “I was born with them.”

  1. Dad: “Did you know that all the people who live around here aren’t allowed to be buried in that cemetery?”

Son: “Really? Why not?”

Dad: “Because they’re not dead yet.”

  1. I was thinking about moving to Moscow but there is no point Russian into things.
  1. I am terrified of elevators. I’m going to start taking steps to avoid them.
  1. What cheese can never be yours? Nacho cheese.
  1. What’s the difference between an African elephant and an Indian elephant? About 5000 miles.
  1. Daughter: “I’ll call you later.”
    Dad: “Don’t call me later, call me Dad.”
  1. How can you tell if an ant is a boy or a girl? They’re all girls, otherwise they’d be uncles.
  1. What do you call a woman with one leg longer than the other? Eileen.


Finding the Perfect Wetsuit for Triathlon

There is nothing more rewarding than a triathlon. Racing between swimming, cycling and running is the most exciting competition that you’ll ever be in. But, before you dive in, you’ve got to get the perfect wetsuit for getting across the water.

If you are new to the world of wetsuits, finding the right style for you might seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, we have got you covered! Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the ideal wetsuit for a triathlon.

First things first: any time the water is under 25˚C, you will absolutely need a wetsuit to get into the water. Love them or hate them, they will keep you warm and save a ton of energy. While you will need to deal with taking your wetsuit on and off, you can make up for that extra time by flying through the water at top speeds.

The key to maximising the benefits of a wetsuit is to get one that fits your body perfectly and is geared for the unique conditions that triathletes face.

Ready to find your new favourite wetsuit? Here are a few of our top picks.

To zoom through the water at top speeds, check out the TROKA Maverick Elite Fullsuit. If you need a rotational boost, this wetsuit can change everything for you. Featuring a low neckline and silky liner, this suit has been voted by triathletes as the most comfortable as well as the fastest wetsuit overall.

The TROKA Maverick Elite Fullsuit has a slick liner that lets you slide the wetsuit off and on in seconds. Made from Yamamoto 38 and Yamamoto 39, this wetsuit is ultra-flexible yet perfectly durable.

Been training for a while and looking for the ultimate upgrade? Check out the Blueseventy Helix with a reverse zipper and forearm catch panels. Thanks to its flawless design, this wetsuit will give you an extra bit of propulsion with every single stroke.

Ditching the high collar, the Blueseventy Helix is incredibly comfortable and makes it easier to hold your head high. Thanks to the reverse zip, you can slip this suit off in a quick second.

For a wetsuit that has been uniquely designed with speedy arm and leg cuffs, the Zone3 Aspire is a great pick. This impressive wetsuit is as practical as it is stylish. Featuring a neutral buoyancy, the Zone3 Aspire will give you a natural lift from the water without affecting your rotation. It is also a great pick if you are swimming in particularly cold water thanks to its snug neckline that’ll help keep the water out.

Last but certainly not least, we are head over heels for the Huub Core Triathlon Suit. Made with UPF 30 protection Coldblack® technology fabric, this impressive suit has been flawlessly designed to get you though the water at top speeds.

AMANZI Girl Laura Dennis

AMANZI Girl Laura favours the Huub Wetsuit

With an ultra-low weight, minimal friction and top heat absorption, the Huub Core Triathlon Suit has been specifically designed to deal with the unique needs of triathletes.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to grab a new wetsuit and blow the completion out to the water.

AMANZI Girls racing in Rio: Swimming

It was an extremely exciting week of Olympic swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with 19 new world records being set. In amongst the mix of the world’s best were AMANZI Girls Georgia Davies and Helena Gasson.

Rio Olympic Pool

Alona Ribakova, racing for Latvia, warming up in Rio. Photo cred: @alona_ribakova

British Swimmer Georgia Davies, competing at her second Olympics, qualified for the Semi Finals in the 100m Backstroke. Georgia also came away with a personal best time and a British Record in the 4x100m Medley Relay final with fellow British team mates, Chloe Tutton, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Fran Halsall.

AMANZI Girl Helena Gasson made her Olympic debut, at only 21 years of age representing New Zealand. Helena raced in both the 100m and 200m Butterfly, finishing 33rd and 25th respectively. Although Helena believes her races did not go according to plan, the amazing experience has left her fired up and motivated for Tokyo 2020.

Congratulations girls!

AMANZI Girls racing in Rio: Triathlon

A huge congratulations to all our AMANZI Triathletes who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics. AMANZI had 5 athletes from around the world competing in the triathlon event at the iconic Copacabana Beach.

AMANZI Girl Gillian Sanders

AMANZI Girl Gill before finishing an impressive 23rd!

23rd – Gillian Sanders, South Africa

24th – Zsofia Kovacs, Hungary

27th – Vendula Frintova, Czech Republic

28th – Laura Lindemann, Germany

34th – Amelie Kretz, Canada

Special mention to Vendula Frintova and Zsofia Kovacs racing at their third Olympics, as well as juniors Laura Lindemann and Amelie Kretz making their Olympic debut.

Why Swimmers Make Great Leaders

Ready to take on the world? Learn to swim! Swimmers make some of the greatest leaders and we aren’t just tooting our own horn. Here are seven tried and true reasons why swimmers make great leaders.

  1. Swimmers Are Punctual

Anyone who has ever done regular swim training knows that 5 am means 5 am. If you show up for your swim training session at 5:20 am, your coach is going to have more than a few words for you. Tongue lashings aside, every swimmer knows that excuses won’t help you win any races. If you want a medal, you need to show up on time and maximise every minute you have got in the pool.

  1. Swimmers Know Good Sportsmanship

Swimmers know how to lose and win gracefully. A top swimmer is able to congratulate and console the competition, no matter how important the race is. While everyday life isn’t a race, knowing how to win and lose is a skill that you can always use when you are a leader.

AMANZI Girls Jenna and Larah

  1. Swimmers Are Detail-Oriented

When you are swimming in a race, you know that every second counts and there are countless elements that can affect the time that it takes to get from one end of the pool to the other. To excel in swimming, you need to pay attention to every little minute detail that can affect your time. From the positioning of every finger and toe to the fit of your swimwear, top swimmers have to be aware that every little thing that affects the bottom line is worth paying attention to.

  1. Swimmers Know How to Be Healthy

Sleeping well and knowing how to destress are critical keys in the world of swimming. Being tense and tired out is a major detriment in the pool, so the best swimmers have learned how to take care of themselves. These healthy habits make it indefinitely easier to lead the world.

  1. Swimmers Can Take Criticism

The best swimmers know how to take criticism and use it to improve themselves. After years of getting feedback from a coach, swimmers know that you have to keep an open mind and listen to what others have to say. Swimmers know that advice is key to improvement and they aren’t shy about swallowing even the toughest criticism.

  1. Swimmers Know Time Management

The majority of swimmers have to find a way to get regular swim training sessions into an already busy schedule. Between work, school and all of the other commitments of life, swimmers have found a way to make it work.

  1. Swimmers Are Dedicated

It is not easy to be a serious swimmer. Splashing around the pool isn’t going to win you any races. To be a good swimmer, you need to regularly swim train. Like so many sports, consistency is king. If you want to be at the top of your game, every swimmer knows that you have to show up every single day and put in your time in the pool, no matter how tired you are! To swim and to lead, we know that you have to put in the time and effort.