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PAAC Equipment Requirements

  Kickboard Fins Pull Buoy Paddles Front-Mount
Snorkel
Equipment
Bag
Tempo Trainer Parachute Finis (Color Red) Team Apparel
(see below)***
STARS * *     * *     ** 
Bronze * *      * *     ** 
Silver * * * * * *     ** 
Gold * * * * * *     ** 
Senior *

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Switch Blade

 

*

*
Power Paddles Plus

  * * * **

* Mandatory     ** Recommended, but not mandatory
***Team Bag, Team Practice Caps, Team Drag Suit (Male), Team T-shirt (all items are listed with spiritwear)

Equipment

Although we will not use every piece of equipment every practice all groups should have a mesh swim bag along with a kick board, long fins, a snorkel, a pull buoy, and a water bottle. These should be brought to practice every day. Sneakers should be worn on dryland days.

All of these items can be purchased online or locally at:
D&J Sports
7001 PA-309
Coopersburg, PA 18036
610-282-5895

They are aware of the equipment needs for the PAAC program and can assist you in making your purchases.

Just to clarify some of the equipment:

Fins - long fins. Speedo brands are acceptable. Fits according to shoe size. Swimmers may also want to purchase fin booties to prevent blisters, but these are not required.
Pull Buoy - One or two piece are fine. We recommend Speedo, but they may not be available, so other brands are acceptable.
Paddles - Strokemaker Paddles. For the best sizing, paddle should extend about 1/2 inch beyond the swimmer's outstretched fingertips.  See your coach for the proper size if you aren't sure.
Front-Mount Snorkel - The primary manufacturer is Finis. They come in two sizes: Junior and Adult. We recommend getting the junior size only for very small 10 & under swimmers. The adult size fits almost all ages.
Equipment Bag - a mesh equipment bag will help swimmers keep their gear together and allow it to dry between workouts
• All swimmers must have meet caps (for girls, optional for boys) and goggles at all practices and meets. PAAC latex caps can be purchased at a price of $5.00 per cap from your group coach. If a swimmer needs a cap at practice but does not have a PAAC cap, he or she will be given one by a coach and your account will be billed.