Competitive Suit (mandatory for meets, great for practice). Come to practice wearing the suit!

Any competitive suit will do. The Wave team suit is recommended, but any competitive suit will do. What is a competitive suit? The team suit is very durable and will survive YEARS of practices and meets without stretching or fading. Girl’s suit Boy’s Suit

Goggles (at least 2 pair that fit well)

I highly recommend competitive low-profile goggles! These fit underneath eyebrows, inside the eye socket and are less likely to leak or come off in a good dive. Goggle problems can prevent good diving. Speedo Vanquisher Jr. or TYR Blackhawk fit most swimmers well.

Team Cap - silicone & durable. Great for workout, required for swim meets. One included with Summer league registration fee.

Parka / Robe / Fleece - clothing that can be quickly put on after practice, on deck. No socks, or tight clothes! Locker rooms will be for ablutions only.

Water Bottle - filled with water! Easiest place to dehydrate is in the pool.

Swim Bag - any swim bag will do, but make sure it drains!

Towel - *technically* optional

T-Shirts / Swim Caps

We will be placing a t-shirt order at the end of the first week. You should have entered your swimmer's t-shirt size when registering. If you did not, please email me you swimmer's t-shirt size. Once the shirts arrive, we'll be passing them out. If the caps arrive earlier, we'll pass those out separately.


What is a competitive suit?

In general: A tight fitting suit without any 'extras'

Off limits: shirts, baggy shorts, swim 'trunks', rash guards, pants, skirts, tech suits (for 12&u), transparent fabrics, anything 'indecent', sports tape, extra flotation, wetsuits, zippers, frills / folds / loose material.

Even if it were legal to wear baggy shirts and swim trunks, its a bad idea because its ssllllllooooooowwww. They flap about and you drag a lot more water down the pool with you (drag is the enemy!)

Exemption: the only exception to the rule is a religious, medical or other significant reason for wearing the clothing. Swimmers can wear garments for these reasons, but must apply for the exemption well in advance of the meet. If you do decide to get an exemption, it is still a good idea to get a shirt that fits tightly.

Why wear a cap?

  • DRAG - Even very short hair, an inch or less even, will be faster under a cap! Water is a glue. It can stick to walls, and it can stick to every surface of every hair on your head. Without a cap, you are dragging all that water down the lane with you.

  • Keeps hair out of eyes - if you're swimming well, hair will fall across your face when your head is down far enough! Swimmers that don't wear caps, always lift their head too high.

  • Hair protection - Caps can keep hair dry-ish. Even if water gets inside, a cap will reduce the amount of chlorinated water that hair is exposed to (and the chlorine smell!)

  • Goggle keeper - Caps can help lock goggles on your head, making them less likely to come off in dives.

  • All the cool kids do it - if you've ever watched the olympics, you know what I mean

Pro Tip: Put a cap on like the pros: How to put on a Swim Cap (only the first ~12s)

Goggle Solutions

Try these in order - these solutions are ordered easiest to hardest, most permanent to least permanent and least painful to most painful. Those at the bottom are race-worthy only.

  1. Get Competitive goggles - Most goggles aren’t made for competitive swimming and will come off in a good dive. Competitive swimming goggles fit inside the eye socket, under eyebrows, not around the eye, and have a much lower profile. Speedo Vanquisher Jr. and TYR Blackhawk have the most universal fit that I have seen. Speedo Vanquisher Jr. TYR Blackhawk. I recommend colored goggles, not clear, to help to put a brain in 'swim mode', where the laws of physics work differently.

  2. Get the right nose bridge - Most competitive goggles will come with several sizes of nose bridge to fit different faces. Use the smallest nose bridge that fits. It shouldn't hurt your nose, but it may leave a temporary indentation.

  3. Open eyes WIDE to put them on - Eyebrows as high as they'll go. Fit the top of the goggle in first, under the eyebrow, then the bottom. When relaxed, the eyebrow should slightly bulge over the top of the goggle. Water tries to grab the top of the goggle in a dive, so the less it has to grip, the better.

  4. Nothing gets between the goggle and skin - goggles seal to skin only. If anything gets between your goggles and your skin , they won't seal to your eye. The usual suspects are eyebrows, caps, hair and even goggle straps.

  5. Make sure they ‘burp’ - Push goggles into the eye socket with palm of hand. They should ‘burp’ air, and seal. It's very obvious to a swimmer when it's sealed. It feels like your eyeball is being pulled out of it's socket.

Suction test -The seal should be good enough to hold goggles on your eye without the strap, even with a good head shake.

  1. Split the straps - Competitive goggles have 2 straps for a reason. The higher strap keeps them on when diving. The lower strap keeps your goggles on when not diving. If they go around in the same place, they are likely better at keeping googles on when not diving!

  2. Tighten the strap - get a strap that can be quickly tightened, like a bungee strap so you can crank them down for dive sets, without needing to keep them tight all practice.

  3. Tuck your head in - Dive with your chin on your chest, tucked into the ‘notch’ (suprasternal notch), the chin parking spot in streamline.

  4. Pull cap down over top of goggles - this forms a mini ramp, leaving less 'goggle ledge' for the water to grab. This also ensures that cap doesn't get between goggles and skin!

  5. Put your Cap OVER the goggle strap - goggles on first, cap on second. This one makes it difficult to take your goggles off your eye without taking your cap off. For this reason, Olympic swimmers often sandwich the goggles between 2 layers of cap. This also keeps the cap tighter, minimizes air in your cap ('airhead'), but can be head splitting!

  6. Learn how not to care - Best solution of them all. Works every time. The goggle leak was invented with the first goggles, and we will cure cancer before goggles stop leaking. Even Olympians’ goggles leak. Michael Phelps set a world record in the 200 FL with leaky goggles. He couldn't see anything by the end of the race. Before 1976, Olympians couldn't see anything at the start of the race, because goggles were illegal! Goggle leaks are great at winnowing out the fussy, panicky swimmers. Don't be one of them. Don’t let a piece of plastic get between you and greatness.

PRO TIP: GOG-FOG PREVENTION: Are your goggles fogging up? - A drop of tear-free baby shampoo, like Johnson & Johnson is all you need! Swish it around and rinse once, and you’ll be gog-fog free! If you can’t afford $2 of baby shampoo, spit works too and is more widely available... But slightly grosser.

Technical difficulties? More solutions to common problems:

Goggle problems

12 Ways to put on a Cap

Solutions to stupid problems

Practice Equipment (team suit, practice gear)

Other team gear can be ordered periodically (parka, bag, cap). For the next order date, ask boosters. Ask Wave boosters!

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