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UNDERSTANDING SWIMMING GEAR: PURPOSE AND PROPER USE

UNDERSTANDING SWIMMING GEAR: PURPOSE AND PROPER USE cover

Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced swimmer, understanding the purpose and proper use of swim equipment like goggles, swim caps, fins, and kick boards is crucial for your development and safety.

Goggles: See Clearly, Swim Confidently

Purpose:

  • Protects eyes from chlorine.
  • Provides clear underwater vision.

Proper Use:

  • Ensure a snug but comfortable fit to prevent leakage.
  • Adjust straps and nose bridge for a customised fit.
  • Rinse with fresh water after use to prolong lifespan.

Swim Caps: Streamline and Protect

Purpose:

  • Reduces drag and keeps hair out of the face.
  • Protects hair from pool chemicals.

Proper Use:

  • Wet hair before putting on the cap to reduce snagging.
  • Place the cap on your forehead and stretch it back over your head.
  • Tuck in loose hair for a streamlined fit.

Fins: Boost Power and Technique

Purpose:

  • Enhances leg strength and kick technique.
  • Improves ankle flexibility and body position.

Proper Use:

  • Ensure fins fit snugly but comfortably.
  • Use during drills to focus on kick strength.
  • Alternate with and without fins for balanced muscle development.

Kickboards: Focus on Fundamentals

Purpose:

  • Isolates the lower body to improve kicking technique.
  • Builds leg strength and endurance.

Proper Use:

  • Hold the kick board at the top with both hands, arms extended.
  • Keep your head neutral and look down.
  • Use a controlled kick, generating power from the hips.

Conclusion

Using the right swim gear can significantly enhance your swimming experience. Understanding how to properly use goggles, swim caps, fins, and kick boards will help you improve your skills and enjoy the water more.

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