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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.

Smart swimming

Learning to swim can be difficult at the best of times, however, we often see people making it harder for themselves! It is important that...

Why you should add a snorkel to your gear bag

One piece of equipment that you might want to consider adding to your gear bag is a training snorkel. A snorkel is a great...

Dev 1 & 2: Keep swimming this winter

Why is it important to keep swimming over winter once you reach Development 1 & 2?  It is common to see people stop lessons over...

What are the benefits of group lessons at a young age?

When learning a new skillset such as swimming, learning as part of a group can be extremely helpful. There are many benefits as to...

At-home dryland programme

Here are a few ideas to help you exercise at home while the National Aquatic Centre is closed. These exercises are perfect for anybody...

Jacob’s Tips: Home workouts for Swim School kids

Here are some ways to exercise at home during lockdown which perfect for the older kids within our Swim School. I would suggest doing...

The value of Holiday Intensives

Another lot of intensives have now been and gone in January, and all we can say is WOW! The improvements we have seen from...

Jacob’s Tips: Learning to swim as an adult

We spend time and money teaching our children how to swim in order to keep themselves safe in and around the water, but it's...

Implementing a set programme into your swim sessions

Training sets and fitness goals are a great way to improve your current swimming ability. More often than not, I see people swimming lap...

Dryland training for young swimmers

If your child is keen to take their swimming more seriously, dryland training is an inevitable part of a swimmer's routine. Jacob explains why...

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