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Suits and Caps

Swim Caps 

  • Always buy silicone swim caps if you are able!  They are thicker, last longer, and do not pull the hair nearly as badly.  (swimoutlet.com has numerous “fun” silicone swim caps to choose from at very reasonable prices.)
  • If you child has longer hair, have her put it up in a ponytail or bun.  Some swimmers like their bun up high, while others like it at the back of their head.  Trial and error is the only way to know what’s best and most comfortable for your child. 
  • Have your child hold the front of the cap tightly against the middle of her forehead and lean over slightly while facing you.
  • Take the back of the cap and quickly pull it up and over the back of her head.

Swimsuits

  • A couple general rules for swimsuits, regardless of the gender:
    • Swimsuits should fit snug!!  Practice suits may have a bit more room in them, but race suits should not have any gaps between them and the child’s body if at all possible. 
    • Buy race suits at least 1-2 sizes smaller than the suits your child practices in. 
    • Suits will stretch out over time, and it usually does not take long!  When you buy a new suit for your swimmer, help them understand it will be fairly tight to begin with but will get more comfortable as they wear it more. 
  • Boys - jammers should fit snug around the legs and waist and should stay up, when tied, on starts and flip turns.  Remember - if your child pulls his suit up in the middle of a race (other than freestyle) because it starts to pull down, he will probably get DQ’d.
  • Girls - Suits should be tight enough so that when you pull up on the shoulder straps they do not go past the bottom of the ears (middle of the neck is ideal when they are new).  For race suits, you should not be able to pull the straps up more than an inch or so.  In fact, most race suits fit so tight they will leave strap marks on the swimmer’s shoulders by the end of the meet.