Some TIPS for New Swimmers
Boys: When the suit is on, there should be no wrinkles or folds in the fabric. Board shorts are ok, but again, they create drag and are harder to swim in. Boys suits come in briefs (which cut like underwear or the classic “speedo” look) or “jammers” (which are cut like bike shorts). It appears that the jammer style is more popular now at least with the younger kids.
Sizing: Suits are sized by waist size and range from size 22 to 40. None of the younger kids should be in suits over 30. Get a suit based on the above criteria, but to give you a better idea, a swimmer may wear a size 28 for practice but race in size 26 suits because they’re tighter and therefore have less drag.
Suit care: Never wash your suit in a washing machine! Just rinse it in cold water in the sink and let it hang dry (you can squeeze out some excess water).
- We have added fins to our required list of equipment for the younger groups to help with kicking techniques (and to help make butterfly possible…). They’re great because they make your swimmer feel fast and take some of the strain of swimming off the arms.
- Sizing: fins are sized by ranges of shoe sizes. For example, if your swimmer wears size 1 shoes, they should get the size 1-3 fins. If your swimmer wears size 5 shoes, they fall between the 3-5 or 5-7 fin size, so I’d round up because you know they’re going to grow. Similar to suits, fins should fit snuggly so they don’t fall off in the water (they’re easier to put on in water than out of the water).
If your swimmer ever complains about getting water in their ears, it usually comes out on its own, sometimes after shaking your head to the side. Otherwise, there is a great product called “Swim Ear” it comes in a white box with a blue swimmer going underwater on it and you can get it at any drug store in the eye/ear section. It’s basically just alcohol, but it gets the water out right away!