Swimming Suits and Goggles

Russ Garney will be at the Alamo Heights pool on May 27th from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM. to sell team color suits etc. to those swimmers who do not have their suits yet. We get these suits at cost (much cheaper than retail). Each swimmer must wear team colors to meets and should wear team colors to practice.

Swim Goggles

Goggles are required equipment. All strokes are enhanced with good vision, but a swimmer is virtually unable to swim competitive backstroke without well fitted, and tinted, goggles.

HINT - Let your child know that with the new goggles they need to keep their fingers off the inside of the goggles. The oil from their fingers and sunscreen lotion will wipe the anti-fog coating off of the goggles.

Target has a good selection of goggles as does Academy, Oshman's, and other sporting goods stores in town. The goggles must have a one-piece frame with lens inserts and a separate, double head strap. Goggles with a separate adjustable nosepiece will present problems from the first wearing. Tinted lenses are recommended for our outdoor swimming. Non-tinted lenses are for indoor swimming.

Acceptable Goggles Unacceptable Goggles
Acceptable Goggles Unacceptable Goggles
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Swim caps

Girls and boys whose hair reaches into their eyes when swimming must wear a swim cap. Again, a swimmer cannot perform his best unless he can see.

Caring for a swim cap

A latex swim cap can last for years when cared for, or it can be ruined the first time you wear it. What usually happens is the cap gets peeled off (wet) and thrown into a bag for a day or longer. The wet latex will stick to itself like glue and will need to be peeled apart. If you are careful, you will not stretch the latex or tear a hole in it. Here's a way to make it last.

When you remove the cap, dry it as well as you can, inside and out, with a towel. Then set it aside to dry on top of something that will hold it open. A tall bottle works. When the cap is dry on the inside, sprinkle a light dusting of talc (baby powder), or cornstarch inside and rub it around. This will keep the cap from sticking to itself and keep it like new.

Also it is good to keep the latex caps out of the sun when not being worn.