Welcome to the NCA equipment page.

Here is a list of items that the athletes on NCA use to be successful in and out of the water.

Many of the products listed are used on a daily basis.  It may be a good idea to have some extras, especially goggles and caps!  Other products are more special in nature and are geared for a specific training group. It’s always best to consult the coaching staff for their recommendations on products for the specific athlete and their needs.

Please note that the NCA coaching staff has had several years of experience working with these products not only in as a coach but also as an athlete...(many years ago!)

Goggles:

Goggles are a must for every swimmer! It’s hard to attend practice and perform if you can’t see where you’re going. The goggles listed below have been used by our athletes for several years, through growling month long training cycles and top level championships meets. All Junior size goggle have been tested and approval our team's specialist, Delaney!

By far the most popular goggle that we see at practice and at swim meets is the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0. The Vanquisher 2.0 is widely regarded as one of the more comfortable pair of goggles a swimmer can wear. It’s a great all around goggle for both racing and at practice. There’s also a mirrored version, which is great for the outdoor summer long course meets and a JR version for the little ones that we have on our team (listed below). There are a few others listed below, that we also recommend. I had to add the Malmsten AB Original Swedes, Coach Rob’s all time favorite!

Goggles:

Junior Goggles:

Kickboards:

Building strong legs is a fundamental training aspect at Northeast Connecticut Aquatics. Our club program remains committed to building a strong foundation that centers around kicking and how important it is in the development of our athletes.

“The legs feed the wolf” Herb Brooks

When purchasing a kickboard you need to be careful on what you’re buying. Kickboards labeled “light weight foam” are not always the best type of board for training in practice. These boards get a ton of wear and tear on them in a course of a season. Many light weight foam kickboards are usually coded with a thin plastic like material and once that coding gets ripped or chips off the board will get saturated with water and just falls apart.

We recommend a hard study board by Speedo. These boards will not bend and curve as the swimmer twists and turns on the board during kick sets. The harder boards also help the swimmer stay higher in the water and maintains a correct body position. There is an adult and junior size option which is listed below.

Kickboards:

Pull Buoys:

Maintaining a strong balance of strong legs and an effective stroke is very important. Using a pole buoy will help you target your upper body while maintaining an effective body position at the surface of the water. With a pull buoy a swimmer can concentrate on better arm strokes independent from their legs, focusing on a high elbow over water recovery and a good roll and reach entry.

All pull buoys are basically the same with no true special features other than design. We have listed 2 options below of the products we have at our facility and have used in the past.

Pull Buoys:

Specialty Equipment:

The products listed in this category are more geared towards our Junior and Senior training groups, the college athletes that train with us, and masters swimmers. These athletes are the ones who have strong fundamental background and training experience that can using this equipment. Please contact the coaching staff if your looking for recommendations on these products.

Paddles:

Using swim paddles in a workout is a great way to build strength and power in a specific stroke. It’s a great way to teach turnover speed and will show how effective each stroke a swimmer takes. Swim paddles help to encourage better techniques, forcing the swimmer to concentrate on a proper catch. Pairing paddles with other equipment such as a buoy or fins can provide a dynamic workout with some impressive swims.

The issue with training with paddles is there can create a lot of undue stress on your shoulders and should be carefully monitored throughout a workout. Paddles should be only used by stronger developed swimmers that can handle the stress that the paddles put on the shoulders.

Below we provide recommendations on to paddles. The Speedo Nemesis Contour paddle is exactly as the name suggests contour. The paddle contours and should be only slightly bigger than the swimmers hand. This paddle will provide less stress on the shoulders then our second choice, while maintaining good hand form with fingered together. Our second paddle is the Speedo Power Plus. This is an oversized paddle and should only be used by developed swimmers. The combination of these two paddles can build amazing strength and power.

Specialty Equipment - Paddles:

Snorkel:

Using a snorkel while swimming is a great way to correct improper head position while swimming freestyle. The snorkel will encourage swimmers to keep their face down while forcing their head to stay straight. Many junior and senior level swimmer could benefit by using a snorkel to correct body positions issues. Swimming with the snorkel is not the easiest, especially first starting out. Flip turns seem to be the most challenging obstacle when swimming laps with a snorkel.

Specialty Equipment - Snorkel:

Fins:

Using fins is a workout is a great way to build up strength and endurance in a swimmer’s legs. Fins help improve ankle flexibility and promotes proper kicking techniques.

Swimmers not use to using fins in a practice can start to cramp in the feet and calves. It’s best to start slow with low yardage and increase over time. Experienced swimmers can overdo it with fins as well, leaving them with possible blisters and potential pain in the knees and lower back. If your using fins in a workout it’s always a good idea to bring a pair of socks to practice to help prevent blisters.

Specialty Equipment - Fins:

Tempo Trainer:

Using a tempo trainer in practice can provide a wide variety of dynamic workouts. This device, by using sound, can help teach and train a swimmer to perform at desired pace. Swimmers can break down distances swims to better understand where they are in a race and whether the desired pace can be held. Athletes can also work on turnover rate in training for a shorter distance races. NCA has used tempo trainers in the past to train athletes to qualify for JR Nationals.

Specialty Equipment - Tempo Trainer:

Miscellaneous Equipment:

Specialty Equipment - Parachutes

Specialty Equipment - Drag Suit

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Second disclaimer - Anyone who pursues using these products should use them as intended by the manufacturer and under a supervision of a train professional.  All products recommended are products that the coaching staff of Northeast CT Aquatics are experienced with and have understanding on how to properly instruct others in the use of these products and is in no way responsible for the actions of athletes not associated with club.  NCA would like to remind everyone that safety is the number one priority and every measure is taken to ensure that all athletes have a safety and enjoyable experience.