MUST-HAVES: Basic Swimmer Essentials
Whether you are swimming for fun, for health or just looking out to
cooling off during a weekly swim in the local outdoor pool, you’re going to end
up using some form of equipment to assist you while in the water.
Speedo is known of its full range of performance-based and accessories
favored by people young and old worldwide. In addition, Speedo offers several lines of aquatic fitness aids and swim
aids for children and adults, designed to motivate and help you get the most
out of your activities.
Here are few essentials you should get and some additional swimming
gears that can really help you improve faster:
Swimsuit/trunk: Obvi. If you’re a woman, look for one designed for swimming rather
than for beach fashion. You might want to look for a suit with a built-in bra
for extra support. Men should look for either a pair of swim trunks or
Swim Cap: Swimming cap are particularly useful for those who have long hair
or if you want to avoid them from getting into your face. A swim cap also
protects your hair from the corrosive effects of chlorine or saltwater.
Swimming Goggles: They’re not exactly essential but we would highly recommend wearing
them as they provide you a good field of vision for safe navigation and also, the
last thing you want is having that chlorine all up in your eyeballs.
Nose Clip: when you learning front crawl or backstroke, it takes coordination
to integrate breathing into the stroke, and it usually takes a while to learn
how to do this. Using a nose clip keeps the water out of the nose, so it’s one
less thing to worry about during the initial learning stage.
Ear Plugs: For some people, these might fall squarely under mandatory
category. Wearing ear plugs helps in preventing water from getting in the ear
canals, which can lead to infection. Earaches are not pleasant, believe us.
Swim Fins: swim fins are a great tool to have while learning the crawl and
butterfly strokes. They give you an efficient kick and allow you to focus on
the arm motions in crawl and on the body undulation in butterfly. Our
preference goes to the short kind swim finds like the biofuse, as they put less
strain on the Achilles Tendon.
OTHER NOTABLE SWIMMING EQUIPMENTS
Pull Buoys: the pull buoy is one of the standard pieces of equipment at the end
of every swimmer’s lane. It’s a flotation device made of foam which you put
between your legs. It gives the lower body enough buoyancy so that you don’t
need to do leg work and is great to learn arm motions. Certain swimmers also
use it to do front crawl lap swimming.
Kickboard: the kickboard can help improve your leg fitness, develop better
balance in the water and mix up your training.
While there is a lot of subjectivity when it comes to training
style, there is certain equipment all swimmers need to get better in swimming.
Visit Speedo to find everything you need
to hit the water.