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The Ultimate Guide to Swimming Gear: From Goggles to Swimwear, We’ve Got You Covered

The Ultimate Guide to Swimming Gear

As swim lesson providers, we’ve seen countless swimmers, from beginners to seasoned pros, struggle to find the right swimming gear.

Having the right swimming gear is essential for a comfortable and enjoyable experience in the water, so we’ve put together this guide to help you through the process of choosing the perfect swim gear.

Let’s dive in!

Swimwear

Swimsuits swimwear for men and women

Swimsuits for Men and Women

When it comes to swimwear, comfort and functionality are key. For men, styles range from briefs to jammers, while women can choose from one-piece suits, bikinis, and tankinis. Look for materials like polyester, spandex, or a blend of both, as they offer durability and flexibility.

Popular brands include Speedo, TYR, and Arena, but don’t be afraid to explore other options that suit your style and budget.

Competitive Swimwear

For those looking to compete, investing in a high-quality, performance-enhancing swimsuit is essential.
Competitive swimwear offers features like compression, water repellency, and a streamlined fit to reduce drag. Leading brands in this category include Speedo’s Fastskin and Arena’s Carbon series.

Sun Protection: UPF Swimwear and Rash Guards

To protect your skin from harmful UV rays, consider swimwear with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) ratings or rash guards. These garments provide an extra layer of sun protection and come in various styles and colours.

Swimwear Care Tips: How To Extend the Life of Your Swimwear

Rinse your swimwear in cold water after each use and avoid machine washing or drying. Gently squeeze out excess water (don’t wring) and lay flat to air dry. Proper care will help maintain the fabric’s elasticity and colour vibrancy.

Goggles for Swimming

Goggles for swimming

Types of Swimming Goggles

Swimming goggles range from recreational to professional styles, with various designs catering to different needs. Key factors to consider when choosing goggles include comfort, fit, and lens features.

Lens Tints and Coatings

Selecting the right lens tint can improve your vision in various lighting conditions. Clear lenses are ideal for indoor or low-light situations, while tinted lenses reduce glare and improve visibility in bright environments. Mirrored or polarised lenses are perfect for outdoor swimming, reducing glare and reflections.

Goggle Fitting and Adjustments

A comfortable, leak-free fit is crucial. Look for goggles with adjustable nose bridges and straps. To test the fit, press the goggles to your face without using the strap – if they create a slight suction, they’re likely a good fit.

Prescription Swimming Goggles

For those who require vision correction, prescription goggles are available in various styles and strengths. Consult your optometrist for guidance on selecting the appropriate prescription strength.

Swim Caps

Swimming Caps

Materials and Styles

Swim caps come in materials like silicone, latex and Lycra. Silicone caps are durable, easy to put on and provide a secure fit. While latex caps offer a snug fit at a lower price point.

Lycra caps are comfortable and lightweight but may not be as water-resistant as silicone or latex.

Benefits of Wearing a Swim Cap

Swim caps protect your hair from chlorine and other pool chemicals, help reduce drag and can even improve your hydrodynamics. They’re especially beneficial for those with long hair, making it easier to manage while swimming.

Choosing the Right Swim Cap

When selecting a swim cap, consider your hair type and length, comfort preferences and whether you need additional features like ear protection or a chinstrap.

Don’t hesitate to try on several caps to find the best fit for your needs!

Training Aids and Accessories

Swimming Training Aids and Accessories

Kickboards and Pull Buoys

Kickboards and pull buoys are great tools to focus on specific aspects of your stroke. Kickboards help develop leg strength and refine your kick, while pull buoys isolate the upper body, improving stroke technique and arm strength.

Hand Paddles and Fins

Hand paddles and fins are useful for increasing resistance and power in your stroke. Paddles improve your feel for the water, while fins help develop a strong, efficient kick.

Swim Snorkels

Swim snorkels allow you to breathe without turning your head, enabling you to maintain proper body alignment and concentrate on your stroke technique. Great for exploring when you are on holiday!

Ear and Nose Protection

Swimming Earplugs

Earplugs

Earplugs help prevent swimmer’s ear by keeping water out of your ear canal. Options include silicone, wax as well as moulded varieties. Choose a type that fits comfortably and securely in your ears.

Nose Clips

Nose clips can be helpful for those who struggle with water entering their nose during certain strokes or flip turns. To use a nose clip effectively, place it on your nostrils and adjust for a secure, comfortable fit.

Towels and Robes

swim towels and robes

Microfiber Towels

Microfiber towels are lightweight, compact and most importantly quick-drying. Making them a popular choice for swimmers. They’re perfect for those who need to save space in their swim bag or want a towel that dries quickly between uses.

Swim Robes and Parkas

Swim robes and parkas are designed to keep you warm and dry, making them ideal for colder environments or outdoor swimming. Look for features like water-resistant outer shells, fleece lining and decent pocket space.

Swim Bags

Swimming backpacks

Types of Swim Bags

Swim bags come in various styles, from backpacks and duffle bags to mesh bags and totes. Consider factors like size, compartments and materials to find the ideal storage solution for your gear.

Organisation Tips

Use separate compartments or pouches to organise your gear and keep it in good condition. Store wet items in ventilated sections, and use smaller pockets for goggles, caps and other accessories.

Tips for Maintaining Your Swimming Gear

Proper cleaning and storage can extend the life of your gear. Rinse items with fresh water after each use, and allow them to air dry thoroughly before storing. Avoid exposing gear to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures for extended periods.

And that’s a wrap….

Investing in the right swimming gear can make all the difference in your experience in the water.

As swim instructors, we’ve seen firsthand how essential it is to have the appropriate equipment for your needs.

With this in-depth guide, you’ll be well-equipped to make informed decisions and enjoy a better swimming experience.

Happy swimming!

by Alistair Mills

In 2016 I saw an opportunity for a new swimming company that did things a little bit differently and here we are almost 4 years later, having built a family of teachers and clients that we are all really proud of.

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