Nose clips (sometimes called nose plugs) are small devices that pinch your nose and allow you to keep water out of your nose while swimming.
They are especially useful for beginners that haven’t mastered the breathing technique of a particular swimming stroke yet.
Nose Clip Types
First, there’s the basic nose clip. It’s made of an u-shaped nosepiece with padded ends to avoid cutting. The nosepiece is made of stiff wire or nylon, and the pads are made of latex, silicone or TYR.
The u-shape of the clip pinches both nostrils together so that it sticks on your nose and keeps water out.
Second, there are nose clips featuring a strap made of latex. This strap attaches to both ends of the nosepiece.
The strap helps to keep the plug in place while swimming. It also prevents losing the nose clip in the water when you remove it from your nose.
How to Fit a Nose Clip
Fitting a regular nose clip is rather easy to do. Just push it against your nose with the bridge facing upwards. Then push the ends against your nostrils to pinch them.
Use a similar method to fit a strapped nose clip. Move the strap over your head and behind neck once the clip sits on your nose. The easiest way to do it is to first put on your swim cap, then your swim goggles and finally the nose clip.
Is a Nose Clip With or Without a Strap Better?
Personally I prefer strapless nose clips because fiddling with the strap is cumbersome. Furthermore, the strap tends to break after a while, rendering the clip unusable.
On the other hand, regular nose clips stick to the nose well, even without a strap. I can’t remember having lost mine while swimming. Finally, I prefer the look of strapless nose clips.