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REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

This page describes the mandatory training equipment for our various Dolfins practice groups. Swimmers will not be allowed to move into a new group until they have all required equipment, including all equipment for the previous groups.

NOTE: Our Team Store has most (but not all) of the required equipment, along with a wide selection of optional apparel. If you choose to purchase your equipment through our store, a small percentage of the purchase total will be applied to your fundraising obligation.

As swimmers progress their skill levels change and their motor skills become more advanced. This allows coaches to introduce different types of training. The following list introduces the different pieces of equipment essential to training in our program, and is progressive to help ease the financial burden.  Each piece of equipment is mandatory for swimmers who have passed the required testing, before they can advance into the next group. In most cases the coaches can anticipate if your swimmer will be moving up, and will try to let you know in advance so you can have enough time to acquire the equipment before your child advances to the next group.

As swimmers move up they must have all equipment from all preceding groups. It is handy to have an equipment bag as they start accumulating gear. Their equipment must fit them, be in working order, and have their name on each piece.

PRACTICE GROUPS AND REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:

ALL COMPETITION GROUPS: DOLFINS TEAM CAP FOR ALL MEETS.
Team caps help our coaches identify the swimmers on the blocks prior to the start of his/her race.  Failure to wear a team cap at competitions could result in missed swim observations and split recording. Team suits are also strongly recommended for all competition, and help promote team identity and unity.

SILVER DOLFINS: (equipment bag included in new registrations after 5/1/2013)
1. Cap
(included in new registrations after 5/1/2013)
2. Goggles
3. Swim training fins (please, no dive fins or fins with heel straps)
(included in new registrations after 5/1/2013).
Photo of swim training fins Photo of swim training fins

WHITE DOLFINS:
4. Pull buoy
Photo of typical pull buoys

RED DOLFINS:
5. Water Bottle
6. Old tennis shoes to wear in water
7. Kickboard
Photo of typical kick boards 
A GOOD ONE TO AVOID:
Photo of kickboard peeling - one to avoid

BLUE DOLFINS:
8. Strokemaker paddles
Photo of training paddles
9. Finis snorkel (try amazon.com - NOT "freestyle" kind! - NOT "junior" model)
Finis snorkel front view Finis snorkel side view Photo of a Finis snorkel

PRE-SENIOR DOLFINS:
10. Athletic shoes for dryland practice
11. Hydro fins or similar shorties that are flexible
Photo of hydro training fins
Photo of better-fitting shorties Photo of hydro training fins

SENIOR DOLFINS:
12. Finis Tempo Trainer
(try amazon.com)
Finis Tempo Trainer