Choosing high school swim team suits revolve around what the coach and
school district or region require. Just as there are requirements for professional swimmers, many school districts and regions have their own list of requirements for high school swim team suits. These requirements are typically outlined for parents and students at the beginning of the school year and sometimes prior to a student joining the team.
1. Choose quality swim suits. Quality swim suits will stand the test of numerous swim practices. Many high school swim team students spend hours a day in the pool. Chlorine eats through cheap fabrics, which will wear down and thin out over the course of a few months. You don’t want to have to go back and buy more practice suits, so choose high quality swim suits for both practice and competitive suits.
2. Buy the best you can afford. Most high schools do not require any particular suit for practice. Shop smart and compare prices when buying practice suits for a student. Buy the best quality you can afford so the suit lasts through many practices. The average high school swim team student will wear out 1-2 swim suits a year, so be prepared to invest in 3-4 suits (at least) for the school year.
3. Experiment with prints and colors. Some swimmers start out thinking solids or school colors are best. You will be wearing these suits numerous times per week. A solid navy blue suit can get boring fast. Instead opt for some of the interesting prints and patterns done by major brands like Speedo and Dolfin.
4. Know that you double up. Most swimmers wear at leasttwo suits layered during practice. This is to create a drag for the swimmer, allowing him or her to feel lighter when they eventually wear one suit during competition. Because of this you will need at least four suits to practice in, but you may need more if you are swimming both morning and night every day of the week.
Taking these things into account when choosing high school swim team suits will help you make the best choice. A few suits is needed and colors and prints can be fun to wear when you’re reaching for suits so often. Remember to abide by any high school or regional regulations for competitive swim suits. These regulations usually do not effect your practice gear, but you may want to abide by them so a swimmer has the same feel during practice as when competing.