What Does Your Swim Team Need?

1 11 2013
Swim Gear

Make a list of the swim gear you need before choosing a dealer.

Swim teams often need plenty of gear to be successful, including swim team suits, swim gear and training tools. However, it can sometimes be difficult to determine exactly what your swim team needs to make them successful. A swim team dealer can provide you with access to everything your team needs in one place for the best possible outcome.

Swim Team Suits

Swim team suits may seem like an obvious necessity for your team. However, you can’t simply purchase any suit and jump into the pool. You need to make sure you are choosing suits from the top brands in swimming and those that are designed to reduce resistance in the water and minimize restriction of movement to help swimmers move through the water more easily, improving swim times. The right swim team dealer will offer a vast array of suit options that are designed for competitive swimmers.

Swim Gear

Swim gear is another essential element for all competitive swimmers. For instance, swimmers must have a durable swim cap that best suits their preferences. These swim caps come in silicone or latex to give you the type of fit you desire. There are many other types of gear that are needed for swimmers, including a great pair of goggles and a swim backpack or mesh bag in which to carry your gear with you.

Swim Training Gear

Every swimmer needs to work on their form and strength to ensure they can swim their best. Swim team dealers often carry a variety of swim training gear swimmers need to improve their times in the water. Pull buoys, swim snorkels, swim cords, swim paddles and swim fins are all necessary tools to improve strength and function in the water. Every swim team needs to keep these items and others in stock to give their swimmers access to everything they need to become better swimmers.

When you work with a swim team dealer, you need to make a list of the items your swim team members need. Understanding what your team will need ahead of time will make choosing the right dealer easier. Before you choose a team dealer for your purchase, make sure they can offer the team swim suits, swim gear and training gear your team members will need to be successful, both at practice and during meets.





What Equipment Does a New Swimmer Need?

6 07 2012

When your child becomes interested in becoming a competitive swimmer, it is important to know what to expect. In addition to the swimming lessons that will teach your child how to swim properly using the appropriate techniques, there are pieces of equipment you will need to buy to get him ready for his life as a swimmer. Making sure he has what he needs for practices, and ultimately meets, is important to his success.

Swimsuit

One of the first things your child will need is an appropriate suit for practices. The one for the meet can come later. A good lap swimming suit will provide him with all the support he needs without restricting movement or causing additional resistance. As long as you get a suit made from quality material that is designed for low resistance, your child will do well at practice. Once he is on a team, you can worry about a swim team suit.

Swim Caps

A swim cap is just part of what your child will need to enter competitive swimming.

Personal GearThere are a few more pieces of personal gear  your child will need to begin swimming at a competitive level. Because hair can really slow you down in the water, a good swim cap is necessary to reduce that resistance. In addition to the swim cap to reduce resistance due to hair, you will also need to buy a good pair of swim goggles. These goggles serve a dual purpose: protection for your eyes and the ability to see.

Other Optional Gear

While the above is absolutely necessary to enter the world of competitive swimming, there are other things that are nice to have along the way. A good backpack or tote bag will allow you to carry all your gear with you without getting your regular clothes wet. Your child can also benefit from certain training tools, such as swim fins, paddles and kickboards, to help perfect technique and build strength so your child can grow as a swimmer.

As you consider entering your child into the world of competitive swimming, you will also need to consider the costs associated with giving your child a good shot of doing well. This includes buying a quality swim team suit for your child, as well as a swim cap and goggles to allow him to learn to swim fast. In addition, you may need to purchase some other items your child can benefit from in his journey to becoming a contender on a swim team.





Which Type of Swim Cap is Best?

11 06 2012
Swim Cap

Choosing the right swim cap requires you to consider your swimming conditions and needs.

When you look at the swim caps that are available to you, it may not be clear why there are caps made from different materials. The goal of wearing a swim cap is the same, no matter which one you choose. However, you need to know how to pick the best swim cap for you so you don’t find yourself having trouble once you start using it, such as durability issues and fit.

Durability

One of the most important elements of your swim cap is its durability. In general, a silicone swim cap will be the most durable. The material is a bit thicker than the latex swim caps and is resistant to stretching. This means you can use the cap over and over for longer periods of time without worrying about it stretching out and not fitting properly. Silicone is also less likely to become damaged if you leave a wet cap in your swim bag.

Temperature

In addition to durability, you need to consider the temperature of the water in which you swim. Because silicone is a thicker material, you will want to avoid this type of swim cap if you are going to consistently swim in water that is above 81 degrees Fahrenheit. If you swim in warmer water and choose silicone, you are more likely to overheat. Latex will help your head breathe better, making you more comfortable as you swim.

Effort

You will need to consider more than the temperature of the water in which you swim. You must also consider how hard you will work. Just like participating in aerobics, you can work up a sweat if you are going to be swimming hard. If you will be working out hard in the hot sun, you may want to choose a latex swim cap instead of a silicone one, even if the water temperature is lower.

Choosing the best swim cap for your style of swimming will ensure you don’t run into any problems. You will need to consider many things while making your choice, including the durability you require, the temperature of the water and how hard you will work. While silicone swim caps are more durable than latex swim caps, they are also warmer, making latex a better choice for warmer pools and hard workouts in the sun. For some people, one of each can work best, but for many others, choosing one or the other is sufficient.





Silicone Swim Cap Sale

9 02 2010

Silicone Swim CapsD&J Sports Swim Shop is having a sale on their silicone swim caps this week. Just in time to get your loved one a fun swim cap for Valentine’s Day. The silicone swim caps are the best caps available. They can last for months and are much easier to get on your head than the latex swim caps. Plus they do not fade or turn brown when exposed to the pool chemicals. D&J Sports has many fun printed silicone swim caps and also some solid silicone swim caps too. Be sure to place your order online before Sunday and save 25% off the silicone swim caps.





Finding the Correct Swim Cap

11 03 2009

Most people new to the sport of swimming think that swim caps just keep your hair dry, however they very rarely keep your hair dry at all. There are a few reasons to wear a swimming cap, it keeps your hair out of your face, it protects your hair from getting damaged by pool chemicals, and for the competitive swimmer it helps to reduce drag. Swim coaches and spectators like the swim caps so that they can easily spot their swimmers in the water and on the blocks.

Types of Swimming Caps:
Swimming caps come in all kinds of colors and fun designs, but the most important difference between swimming caps is the material.
Latex Caps:

 

These are the thinnest and cheapest and also the most common types of swimming caps, but also the least comfortable and most fragile. If you are allergic to latex, these are obviously not an a good idea for you. Latex swim caps will pull your hair more than any other type of swim cap. This is why so many people do not like swim caps, because they have only used a latex cap before. The price is the major reason why people still buy the latex swim caps. For around $3 you can purchase a latex cap. Many swim teams choose latex swim caps with their team logo or name. These custom latex swim caps are far less expensive than the alternative, silicone caps. Click here to see more latex caps.

 

Silicone Caps:

 

Over the past few years silicone swim caps have emerged as the best option for swimming caps. They are much thicker than latex caps and much more durable. The silicone swim caps are easy to put on without pulling your hair as much and they don’t break as easily as latex caps. They are also more expensive, around $10-15 at sporting goods stores, but you can find them for alotless online. The cheapest I’ve seen them is at djsports.com
Lycra Caps:
Lycra swim caps are made of swimsuit material. The only thing they can do for you is keep your hair out of your face. Some people like them because they are easy to get on but for almost the same price as a silicone cap they only last about a month. This is not a very good investment of your money.







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