Whether you are beginner or an expert, a kid or an adult, swimming gear is vital for a safe swimming session. There are various swimming equipment available in the market to keep you safe and sound while swimming. Each of these equipments have their own importance. Some of the most common swimming equipment and accessories are:
Swimsuit/Bathing Suits - Swimsuits are a pre-requisite for a swimming pool , not so much for the safety factor, as it is for the hygiene and the cleanliness factor. While choosing a swimsuit, you must choose one that fits you perfectly. You should also pay attention to the fabric and choose a fabric that does not soak water and something which you are not allergic to.
Flippers - Flippers are used to improve your ankle position and strengthen your overall body posture. These are available in different sizes and colors and each size serves its own purpose. While the short flippers are helpful for building a strong kick, medium ones are used to improve breast stroke and back stroke. There are also mono flippers which are used to build strength in the legs. However, the really long flippers aren’t used for swimming and are instead used in snorkeling and scuba diving.
Swimming caps - A swim cap is used to protect the hair form the harmful effects of chlorine. They are also helpful in keeping the hair back and avoid their contact with the eyes. Swim caps are made of plastic or rubber. Always choose a branded swim cap for durability and maximum safety. And after a swim, dry the cap completely and spread some talcum powder on it to keep the smell away.
Swimming Goggles - Swimming goggles are used to prevent water from going into your eyes. They come in different designs and sizes. Pick the one which fits your eyes the best and always choose a good quality one because bad quality goggles can have an adverse effect on your eyes.
Pull Buoys - This equipment is used for beginners who are learning the basics of swimming. Buoys help the lower body to float in the water while the individual can use his/her arms and legs to move forward. It helps a beginner get accustomed to the various movements of swimming while keeping him safe at the same time.
Kick boards - Kick boards are used to improve your kicking power in the water. They help to make the ankle and the leg muscles strong. However, your ankle must be flexible to use a kickboard. If it is not, a flipper is a better option to strengthen your kick and improve ankle flexibility.
The above are some basic swimming equipments used to aid an individual in swimming and keep him safe. There are a lot of other swimming accessories available like stopwatches, Powerstart, Powerrack and a whole lot more which aid the swimmer in building intensity and improving his/her swimming technique. Whatever swimming equipment you are planning to use, always make sure you select the best quality.