Let’s face it, the market for swimming equipment, gear and accessories is vast, and as a beginner, you need some help to separate the wheat from the chaff.
There are the basics that everyone needs, like a swimsuit, swim goggles and probably also a swim cap.
Then there is the equipment that you need as a beginner and then don’t need anymore when you are more experienced, for example, swim fins.
Equally, there is the swimming equipment that an experienced swimmer may make good use of, and that would be inadequate for a beginner.
A tempo trainer, for example, will let the advanced swimmer practice his stroke regularity and speed while the beginner is most likely better off working on his swimming technique.
Then there’s the gear which can be categorized as nice-to-have, for example, waterproof MP3 players.
The articles below give you an overview of the swimming gear most commonly used and should help you decide which gear meets your particular needs.
Swimming Equipment For Beginners – Which Gear Do You Really Need? Describes the swimming equipment you need when you want to learn how to swim.
There are a few essentials and then some additional gear that can really help you progress faster. Find out what you need in this article!
Swim Cap Buying Guide
Swim Cap Buying Guide: Choosing the right swim cap can be difficult when you stand in front of them at the sports store.
Swim caps seem to come in a multitude of colors, sizes, shapes, and materials. This article will help you to pick the swim cap that best suits your needs.
Silicone Swim Caps
Silicone Swim Cap Characteristics, Advantages and Disadvantages: This article discusses the characteristics of a silicone swim cap as well as its advantages and disadvantages.
Latex Swim Caps
Latex Swim Cap Characteristics, Advantages and Disadvantages: Explains the pros and cons of a latex swim cap.
Also highlights some of the differences with other kinds of swim caps, namely silicone and lycra swim caps.
Knowing this can be especially helpful if you are a beginner and wonder which kind of cap you should get.
Lycra Swim Caps
Lycra Swim Cap Characteristics, Advantages and Disadvantages: This article discusses the characteristics of a lycra swim cap to help you decide if this is the right kind of swim cap for you.
Long Hair Swim Caps
Choosing a Long Hair Swim Cap: This article gives some advice about choosing a long hair swim cap. Discusses swim cap uses, materials and shapes that suit long hair.
Choosing Swimming Goggles
How to Choose the Best Swimming Goggles: If you are a novice, choosing the best swimming goggles for your needs can be a frustrating experience if you don’t know what to look for.
This article gives you some tips so that you can make an informed decision the next time you are out to buy new swimming goggles.
Speedo Futura Ice Plus Review
Best Speedo Swim Goggles – Futura Ice Plus Review: A review of my favorite Speedo swim goggles, the Futura Ice Plus. Discusses design, eyecups, nose bridge, gaskets, strap, colors and what I like and dislike about these goggles.
Speedo Vanquisher 2.0
Speedo Vanquisher Swim Goggle: Version 2.0 Plus Review: The Speedo Vanquisher Swim Goggle is one of the most recommended pairs of swimming goggles on the Internet.
So I wanted to find out if it lives up to its reputation and got myself a pair and tested it for a few weeks. This article gives you the results.
Nose Clips / Nose Plugs
Nose Clips Pros & Cons
Swimming Nose Clips – Advantages and Shortcomings: Nose clips are those little pieces of bent wire padded with rubber that you can stick on your nose. They squeeze the nose so that the nostrils are kept shut and water is kept out.
Using them has pros and cons, which are discussed in this article.
How To Wear a Nose Clip
How To Wear Swimming Nose Plugs: Swimming nose plugs (nose clips) are small devices designed to be worn on the nose and that keep the water out.
If you have never used them before, you might be wondering how nose clips should be worn. This depends on the type of nose clip you bought.
More in the article.
Audioflood Waterproof iPod
How Music got me to Stay in the Pool (with a waterproof Audioflood iPod): Our reader Barney describes how a waterproof iPod made by Audioflood keeps him motivated during his swims.
Using Swimming Noodles To Learn How To Swim: Swimming noodles are long supple cylinders made of foam that can be used as flotation devices.
They can be great swimming aids if you want to learn how to swim, as they float extremely well.
This article describes some of their uses in swimming exercises.
When and How to Use Swim Paddles: You’ve certainly seen swim paddles at the pool before, as many seasoned swimmers use them. And now that you’ve been swimming for a while, you wonder if you should a pair too?
You think that they will strengthen your shoulders and make you swim faster. But are they really such a good idea?
Pull Buoys: Designs, Shapes, How To Use Them: Explains under which circumstances pull buoys help you to learn how to swim and under which circumstances they can hinder your progress.
Swimming With Fins – Using Swim Fins To Learn How To Swim: Swimming with fins can help you to learn a new swim stroke or to improve your swimming technique.
This article helps you choose the correct ones and describes a few uses of fins.
Best Kick Boards Uses to Learn Swimming or Improve Your Technique: Explains how to best use kick boards to learn or improve in breaststroke, front crawl, butterfly stroke, and backstroke.
Finis Swimmer’s Snorkel Review: A review of the Finis’ swimmer’s snorkel. Snorkel design, how to put on the snorkel, breathing, swimming with the snorkel, uses, etc.