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Equipment

 

Equipment

  • Goggles: It is always best to have two pairs of goggles on hand for your child. When one disappears (yes, it will happen!) or breaks, you will be very happy to have the spare handy. During the summer months, tinted goggles are a must, as they will protect your child’s eyes from the sun as well as from the water. During the darker winter months, tinted goggles will restrict your child’s vision, making clear lenses a better choice. Goggles can be purchased locally at Big 5, or at any swim meet where a vendor is present. The online vendor listed below is a great source for goggles as well. If goggles look like they are toys (the kind that many stores sell in the summer), they are, and they will probably cause more problems than they are worth. Speedo and TYR both make great junior goggles.
  • Fins: Each child should have his/her own pair of fins. All other training equipment for the D2-D4 groups will be provided. Fins are best purchased online at www.kiefer.com. The most commonly used fins are the Kiefer Color Fins. Your swimmer’s coach will be cutting the fins down – don’t be surprised by this. Shortening the fins helps the coach to maximize the usability of the fins.
  •  Caps: A cap is necessary for swimmers with hair beyond their ears. It helps them to swim and breathe correctly and to maintain proper head position. A cap is also a great tool for keeping your child warmer. Just like a hat, they hold heat in. Boys and girls alike wear caps. During practices, any cap may be worn. At meets. The silver silicone team cap is the minimum mandatory team apparel. This cap must be worn for all races.
  • Swimsuits: What suit to get, and how to fit it, are common questions for new swimmers and their parents. Ideally, your swimmer will have two suits: one for practice, and one for competition. The practice suits that will last the longest are made of polyester. The fabric is chlorine-resistant and will last until your child outgrows it. These suits seem more expensive, but they last much longer in chlorinated water. An important point to remember about polyester suits is that because polyester doesn’t have the same “give” as lycra, the polyester suits need to be purchased 1-2 sizes up from the competition suits. Our team’s competition suits will last longer if your child doesn’t wear them to practice but saves them for meets. The team will send out suit orders from time to time. If you aren’t able to order one before your child’s first meet, a plain black lycra suit would be great he/she can also wear his/her practice suit if necessary.

    • Choosing Girls’ Suits: When sizing a suit for a girl, it should be snug (girls tend to buy suits that are too big because they feel modest however, a poorly-fitted suit is far less modest than a properly fitted one). The shoulder straps should be able to be lifted an inch off the shoulder without too much effort. Look at the suit: if there are wrinkles or rolls in the fabric, it is too big. Polyester suits won’t “give” much when wet. Your lycra suit will “give” when wet and can therefore fit more snugly when you are choosing the size.

    • Choosing Boys’ Suits: Boys will have two suit choices. The classic cut race brief is the most commonly worn by the older boys (they top it with a nylon drag suit). The “jammer” (which looks like a bike short) is most commonly worn by the younger boys. Either is fine.

  • Equipment Bag: As swimmers advance to new training groups, they will accumulate personal equipment which can be stored at the pool in an equipment bag, preferably mesh. This bag, and all of the equipment in it, should be clearly marked with the athlete’s name.

  • Kickboards: While kickboards are available at the pool for use by the swimmers, some like to have their own, as part of their personal equipment. Boards purchased should be basic, like the ones available at the pool.

  • Water: Water doesn’t sound like “equipment,” but the coaches would like the swimmers to consider it just that. It is as necessary as your swimsuit. Proper hydration is very important to your athlete. Replacement fluids such as Gatorade are also acceptable. If your child brings soda, tea or other inappropriate fluids to the pool’s edge, the coach will drain the container and refill it with water.