Goggles: Bring your own!!
What they’re for: keeping water out of the eyes (duh!).
How to use them: The straps should go directly around the head in line with the eye area. Don’t pull the straps down around the base of the scull, have them too high, or put them on top of the ears.
How to choose them: Every decent pair of goggles easily come out of the packaging, always try them on BEFORE buying! They need to fit the swimmer’s face. Ensure they feel suction around the eyes when the goggles are pressed to the eye sockets. Leave them on for a minute and turn from side to side, make sure there is no air moving into the goggles, in the pool this will be water coming in! Goggles that have an adjustable nosepiece are helpful for correct fit. Mirrored lenses block the sun’s glare, helpful for outdoor swimming.
Other tips: Goggles should not be worn super tight. They should be worn as loosely as possible for comfort. If goggles are leaking and you have tried tightening them and adjusting the nosepiece to no effect, throw them away and try another pair! They will not magically start fitting better!
Swim Cap: One cap is provided with registration!!
Additional caps will be available for purchase.
What it’s for: to keep hair out of the eyes and face and to make the swimmer more streamlined.
How to use it: hold the center fold of the cap in the middle of the forehead and pull the cap from the front of the head to the back (the fold is not meant to go ear-to-ear, but little kids sure look cute with it that way!). Swimmers with long hair should put it in a low pony tail first then wind their hair into a bun and tuck it into the cap, keeping the bulk of their hair closer to the base of the head rather than the top. Dry them out after use and keep them flat to make them last longer.
Kickboard: Provided for practices!!!
What it’s for: to isolate the legs for focusing on strengthening the kick.
How to use it: New swimmers should hold it with two hands at the bottom (flat) end of the board. This way they can use it with their head down in the water between breathing, making it easier to kick with feet at the surface. Experienced swimmers hold it at the rounded end, laying their arms over the top of the board, and they typically kick with their head out at all times.
How to choose it: all kickboards are pretty much created equal, smaller swimmers should have smaller boards.
Sunscreen: Highly Recommended!!
What it’s for: when practicing in the sun, because swim shirts can be heavy and restrictive during lessons. Swim shirts are great for before and after practice and anytime kids are poolside playing.
How to use it: liberally! Apply 30 mins before getting in so it doesn’t immediately wash off. Don't forget to reapply if outdoors longer than practice!