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Gilbert, the Surfer Dude by Diane deGroat


Book cover of Gilbert the Surfer DudeGilbert and his sister are heading to the beach for a fun day in the water. He discovered that he forgot his bathing suit, so at the beach his mother had to buy him a new one that said "Surfer Dude" on it. Something scary and yet funny happened later on in the deep water.

 

Read Gilbert, the Surfer Dude by Diane deGroat to find out what it was. For kids who still want to catch the last waves of summer. This is also a good book for kids to learn new words related to swimming, surfing, or having fun in water such as flippers, goggles, boogie board, and paddles.

 

More books to read to equip kids with the ability to have fun in water:

- Swimming Science by Helene Boudreau

- How To Improve At Swimming by Paul Mason



Swimming for Exercise


Well, we're almost a quarter of the way through 2011 now...How are those New Year's resolutions going? If you're like me, perhaps you've vowed yet again to get (and stay) active this year. One of my goals was to take up swimming again as part of my exercise routine. I had just been contemplating local lap swim pools in my area a few weeks ago when I spotted Swimming for Exercise among the new books. It was like fate telling me to get back in the pool. I bought a new suit, cap, and goggles, and I was ready to go.

 

Swimming for Exercise coverSwimming for Exercise has all of the basic information that you'll need to start or get back into swimming as an exercise routine, including tips and advice about what you'll need to get started, sample workout plans (adjusted for beginners, intermediate, and advanced), a techniques refresher on the four major strokes, and stretching & strength-training exercises to improve swim performance. It's also filled with lots of nice full-color photos. This simple but useful book was exactly what I needed as a final push to literally take the plunge. I'm happy to report that I've been swimming laps twice a week for a few weeks now, and I feel great! Here are some local pools in the San Jose area that offer lap swim. You can also check our catalog for additional books & DVDs about swimming.