What Gear Do You Need for Swimming?
Swimming equipment can help improve and enhance even the most experienced swimmer’s technique. Get to know more about what swimming equipment should be used and in what situations they’re most useful below! At Aquastar Swim Schools, every child needs to wear a swimming cap and goggles during class. This is for a multitude of reasons.
Goggles help children see clearly under the water, avoid accidents and minimise irritation from the water or chlorine. Read our blog post ‘Why Children Should Wear Swimming Goggles’ to find out more information on goggles.
Every swimmer at Aquastar Swim Schools above child & parent classes needs to wear a swimming cap. Swimming caps protect your hair from getting into the water and keeps it out of your face. They also protect your head when it’s on the colder side, reduces drag in the pool and helps protects water from getting in your ears. Make sure the swimming cap fits snugly but not too tightly to the point where it hurts. Aquastar branded swimming caps can be bought from our schools if you need one before you start class.
Bathers are obviously a necessity for swimming. Girls in Aquastar classes should wear a one-piece bathing suit while boys wear trunks. Rash vests and board shorts aren’t recommended as they can create drag and make swimming harder!
Remember that flotation aids are not a life-saving device and they are not a substitute for the constant supervision of an adult while a child is in the water. Also, note that using flotation aids for too long (especially ‘floaties’) can make a child or parent more confident in their swimming ability than they should be.
Flotation devices can include:
- Kickboard – great to use by holding onto at the front and practising kicking, freestyle and other strokes.
- Pool Noodles – super fun for kids and can be worn to support the back while kicking, etc
- Arm Floaties – a fun way to introduce very young children to the water and give them some extra confidence for their first few times in the water
- Pull buoys – used held between the legs to practice getting swimming kicking techniques right
Nose Clips & Earplugs
Nose clips & earplugs aren’t recommended for children to use for too long, as they get too comfortable wearing them and if they fall into water without them on they can be at a higher risk of drowning. Nose clips and earplugs are great for picky swimmers when they first start if they don’t like the feeling of getting water up their nose or ears. Once they start to learn and get better at breathing techniques, nose clips should not be needed. Check out our blog post ‘How to Improve Your Breathing Technique’ for more information on that topic. Earplugs may still be used but most students find that once they swim with a snug-fitting swimming caps over their ears, they’re fine.