Swim-Training Aids and Individual Swim Bags

To enhance practice efficiency, to equip athletes when practicing at more than one facility, and to provide a wider range of kinesthetic stimuli, we are asking swimmers in the Silver, Gold, and Senior groups to purchase specific swim training aids (see below) and bring them to every practice in a net bag so that they will have them at the ready poolside. ASC will be selling existing equipment (probably kickboards, paddles, buoys, and fins) to swimmers in those groups at a nominal fee as early as next week. I am sending this equipment list now so that you have it and can ask questions or shop vendors/prices, but you may want to wait until we have sold existing equipment if you are planning a bulk buy. The three items on the list below that the team has few or none of and thus will need to be purchased from a vendor are snorkels, tempo trainers/replacement batteries, and swim sox. Here is the list: 

 

ASC Senior/Gold/Silver Equipment List (specific brands/models recommended with link to least expensive online option as of May 24, 2022)

1.     Hand paddles—the Finis Floating Agility Paddle (use the size chart to determine purchase size, but our smaller GoldSr swimmers will do well with the smalls while our larger swimmers will flourish with the mediums):  https://www.amazon.com/FINIS-Agility-Paddles-Floating-Medium/dp/B07NQD7RP9/ref=asc_df_B07NQD7RP9/?tag=&linkCode=df0&hvadid=344041721219&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6630745074243850198&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9020516&hvtargid=pla-689035821033&ref=&adgrpid=69358346535&th=1&psc=1

2.   Pull buoy and kickboard—can be purchased separately, but I favor the both-in-one Speedo Buoy/Boardboard (advertised in the Amazon link as the All-Age Elite Pullkick Training Aid: https://www.amazon.com/Speedo-Elite-Pullkick-Swim-Training/dp/B005MTII4E?th=1

3.     Center-mount snorkel—any well-made brand with a purge valve will work, but I recommend the Finis Swimmer’sSnorkel (adult size): https://www.swimoutlet.com/products/finis-swimmers-swim-snorkel-1221?variant=35901434724520&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=google-shopping&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=google-shopping&campaignid=16220158471&adgroupid=133726262055&keyword=&matchtype=&targetid=pla-352895665565&device=c&creativeid=582155560983&adposition=&adtype=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhLKUBhDiARIsAMaTLnGXUFv1Qzl7Q0dG_pQylzjVfitozDG-gJpa-TU1Qjvl5XUWnWiUcZ0aAje0EALw_wcB 

4.     Finis Tempo Trainer Pro—unlike snorkels, this product is available only by Finis. It is a personal metronome for tempo development and pacing awareness; all swimmers should keep a swim cap in their bags to don when using tempo trainers (the clips provided with the product will not hold the device on a goggle strap at fast pushoff speeds): https://www.swimoutlet.com/products/finis-tempo-trainer-pro-33518?variant=35900190261416&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=google-shopping&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=google-shopping&campaignid=16445348794&adgroupid=134868128838&keyword=&matchtype=&targetid=pla-297113639919&device=c&creativeid=585212145979&adposition=&adtype=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhLKUBhDiARIsAMaTLnF7SMW5ltqiCXRFFcGlR4CZExVdOTDNeNPswtqIcgkh51YuKUeyrtYaAphuEALw_wcB 

Note on snorkels and tempo trainers: despite their utility, neither of these products is perfect. Snorkels need to be disinfected periodically and present many swimmers with a challenging learning curve because of the swimmer’s tendency to swallow or snort water when attempting to ventilate. In addition, the Finis snorkel has less-than-robust headband adjustment clips and purge valve; fortunately both of these components can be replaced as parts if necessary. The Tempo Trainer advertises a long-life battery, but they often need replacement within months. Also, because of their small size, these devices are easily lost or misplaced, so I recommend that swimmers’ Sharpie their initials in several places on their devices at least weekly and keep them in a small plastic box (e.g. Tupperware) to make them easier to locate in their swim bags.

4.5 Tempo trainer replacement batteries--when ordering the Tempo Trainer, you will also need to order replacement batteries because paying $6/battery at the WalMart jewelry counter is inconvenient and costly. The following link advertises a 10-pack of CR 1620 3V Lithium Ion batteries for only $5: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078ZG5NBB/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&aaxitk=41af4a398e41805409231c603fe0a55b&hsa_cr_id=8238918400301&pd_rd_plhdr=t&pd_rd_r=109a7416-c2cb-4624-a8e4-3e8bbdceedf0&pd_rd_w=ZBluT&pd_rd_wg=CF5pE&ref_=sbx_be_s_sparkle_mcd_asin_0_badge 

5.  Short fins—the best fin on the market is the Finis Zoomer Gold (buy fins on the small size because hard kicking will eject the fin and cause endless swimmer frustration): https://www.amazon.com/FINIS-Zoomers-Gold-Fins-C/dp/B0043GWVMW/ref=asc_df_B0043GWVMW/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=191937239663&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8975448542307029409&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9020516&hvtargid=pla-368500955887&th=1&psc=1 

6.     Drag sox—arguably the most valuable training aid after Tempo Trainers and short fins, this product (Drag Sox) s sold directly from the manufacturer, AquaVolo. There are 3 resistance levels. ASC swimmers should buy only resistance level 30, and even that level of resistance may overwhelm them initially. This link also sells replacement tubing should your swimmer break his or hers: https://store.aquavolo.com/

  • Senior and Gold swimmers will need a swim bag and all 6 items above. 
  • Silver swimmers will need a swim bag and pull buoy, kickboard, tempo trainers, and short fins. 

 

See the StingRay Swap Meet to see if anyone has equipment available!