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Equipment

EQUIPMENT

Swimming equipment will eventually be needed / required and can be purchased on Amazon.  Don't do retail. Amazon allows returns.

  • Goggles: flashy expensive googles typically do not have the features necessary to provide the swimmer with a good experience (keeping out water / reducing fog / staying on their face after a dive.)  Here is what to look for for best fit:

    • Double straps that go around the back of the head.  Having 2 points / angles of pull and contact eliminates the goggle from being torn off during a dive.

    • Adjustable nose piece is frequently over looked, and the cause for many leaking goggles.  

      • Straps and nose pedicels can have excess materials trimmed off.

    • Outside swimming should have mirrored tint to repel sun rays and improve vision.

    • Inside / night swimming should be clear, or yellowish.  Dark blues, reds, and tints make it darker than necessary to see.

    • Seal on the eye is pretty subjective.  Foam seals are the most consistent.  Rubber seals are hit and miss.  Hard plastic / Swedish style goggles are hard for swimmers to get used to.

  • Fins are good to buy now if you don't have. 

    • Fins should be snug - like a ski boot.  Try on wet

      • Long fins are cheaper than the short ones.  Long fins length can be cut down to size once the appropriate time comes (making them short fins).

  • Regarding paddles & buoy, that's where we get picky.  We prefer the ones that have holes drilled in them that look like snow mittens.  ​Ask for clarification or here is an example of the style I prefer.  

    • The manufacturer should have a suggested sizing chart.  When in doubt on size, go small.  About an inch radius longer than the swimmer's hand is perfect.

      • Ultimately the type of paddle is the swimmer's choice. 

    • Pull buoys are the Styrofoam floats that go between a swimmers legs for pull sets. 
  • Kick boards are nice, but we have some extras.

Snorkels are not necessary at this time. While they do provide a benefit, they are frequently left on a pool deck & exposed to unsanitary conditions for a device to be put in the mouth and inhaled.

Label EVERYTHING with a permanent marker / Sharpie.

 

WET SUITS (Cold / Little Swimmers)

Little / tiny swimmers can wear wet suits to practice to keep them warm and in the water more than 20 minutes.  The water temp is balmy 82' (competition pools are 78').  I have lots of cold little ones. They are surprisingly cheap on Amazon at about $26.  See example.