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Jacob Garrod

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Jacob Garrod works for AUT Millennium Swim School and the Schools Programme. He started back in February 2015 and teaches from Breather Level right through to Development Two. Whilst working part time, he is also in the home stretch of completing his Bachelor of Business Degree at Massey University in Albany. Jacob learned to swim aged three, and became a competitive swimmer at the age of 7. He continued right through until 22, clocking up 15 years in the sport. He specialised in breaststroke and has represented New Zealand on the international level, attending two Oceania Championships in 2014 and 2016, where he managed to get five medals - three gold, and two silver. Jacob also attended the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, in Nanjing, China, and the 2017 World University Games, in Taipei, Taiwan. Jacob attended multiple National Championships where he managed to get medals throughout the years, from junior level, to age group level, right through to open level.

Technique tips: Body position

When swimming, one of the most important aspects is making sure you have the correct body position. All four strokes require a good position...

Benefits of swimming gear

When you are at the pool you might see people in the water using a range of equipment, such as kickboards, pull buoys, paddles,...

Technique tip: Improving your feel for the water with sculling

Although all four swimming strokes are different from each other, they all share one aspect that is essential, and that is having a good...

Technique Tips: All Rounder Technique

If you find yourself competent in freestyle but struggle with the other strokes, and want to expand your skills in the pool, here are...

Technique tips: Butterfly

You may have seen people swimming butterfly in videos, on TV, or even in person, and ask yourself HOW? Butterfly can look pretty daunting...

Tumble Turns

Tumble turns are one of the tricky aspects to learn in swimming.  However, if you are able to learn tumble turns, it will give...

Swimming gear: Paddles

Paddles are one of those pieces of equipment that you will either hate or love, and you’ve probably seen someone using them around the...

Technique tip – learning breaststroke

Breaststroke is an important skill to learn, as it can often associate with how you stay afloat, and swim leisurely at the pool or...

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