So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and learn how to swim? Congratulations! Swimming is a great way to get some exercise and have some fun in the sun. But before you can start enjoying your time in the pool, there are a few things you’ll need to get. Here’s a list of 10 essential pieces of gear for beginner swimmers.
Obviously, you can’t take a dip without swimwear! But not just any old swimsuit will do. You’ll want to make sure you have a suit that fits well and is comfortable to move in. If you’re going to be swimming laps, a one-piece suit is ideal. But if you just want to splash around and have some fun, a two-piece suit or even boardshorts will do the trick.
A swim cap helps keeps your hair out of your face so you can see clearly while you’re swimming. It also helps reduce drag in the water, making you more efficient and faster. Caps are made from different materials depending on your needs. Latex caps are good for everyday use, while silicone caps are better for racing or training sessions.
A good swim bag will help keep all your gear organized and in one place. Look for a bag with multiple compartments so you can easily separate your wet gear from your dry gear. And if you’re planning on doing any traveling with your bag, make sure it’s light enough to carry and has wheels for easy transport.
Unless you want to walk around the pool deck barefoot, you’ll need a pair of pool shoes (also called aqua shoes). Pool shoes protect your feet from germs and bacteria and help prevent slips or falls. They don’t have to be anything fancy; any old pair of sandals or flip-flops will do the trick.
Nose clips help keep water out of your nose so you can focus on swimming instead of keeping your head above water. They’re especially helpful if you’re learning how to doggy paddle or breaststroke.
Training aids can be really helpful when you’re first starting out as a swimmer. Noodles, belts, kickboards, and pull buoys are all common types of training aids that can help beginners master the basic techniques of swimming before moving on to more advanced strokes.
A regular bath towel might be big and fluffy, but it’s not going to do much good when you’re trying to dry off after a swim. Swim towels are made from quick-drying fabric that helps absorb moisture quickly so you can dry off and get dressed without feeling like a wet noodle.
It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re swimming, especially if you’re completing laps or doing other types of exercise in the pool. Bring along a water bottle so you can take sips between sets or laps.
Swim goggles help protect your eyes from chlorine and keep water out of them so you can see clearly underwater. Look for goggles that fit snugly against your face without being too tight.
Ear plugs aren’t just for swimmers with sensitive ears—they also help keep water out of your ear canal, so you don’t end up with an ear infection. Look for products made from soft silicone that won’t cause irritation. If possible, try them out before buying them to make sure they’re comfortable.
Now that you know what essential gear every beginner swimmer needs, it’s time to hit the pool! With these ten items in tow, you’ll be ready to take on any challenge the water throws your way. Take a dip in the pool at one of the Wellbridge Athletic Clubs to try out your new gear. Ask about our swim classes to help you improve and get the most out of your time with us!