Shopping for Swim Parkas

Shopping for Swim Parkas

Shopping for swim parkas can be overwhelming if you aren’t sure what you’re

Shopping for Swim Parkas

looking for. Swim parkas are meant for those swimming in cold temperatures or between competitions to warm the swimmer after he or she is out of the water. Swim parkas are worn immediately after a swimmer gets out of the pool. Swim parkas are functional and designed for warmth. Companies are constantly toying with technology to improve the quality of swim parkas.

1. Make sure the hood is lined. This is the case for most swim parkas, but not all. A lined hood means the swim parka will warm your head as well as your body. Swim parkas are usually lined in a type of fleece. Other fabrics can get wet and soggy if you put them off immediately after a swim. This allows a swimmer to warm up quickly after getting out of the pool. It is also ideal for triathletes who may be swimming outdoors during cold weather.

2. Make sure it’s water resistant. It doesn’t have to be waterproof, but the swim parka should be water resistant. This prevents you from getting wet if you’re near the pool and get splashed by other swimmers. A nylon outer shell is best for a swim parka for any swimmer.

3. Choose a dark color for a logo. If your team is having their logo or name put on the parka, a dark color is a great background for most designs and fonts. This allows you to play with the design that will go on your swim team parka.

4. Make sure the parka isn’t too big. Swim parkas often run big. Compare your measurements to those provided online so you have a parka that isn’t too big to wear when you’re out of the pool. If it’s too big, the vent at back will often let in air which can be uncomfortable when you’re cold and wet.

5. Think about if you really need a swim parka. If you’re cold-natured or want something easy to cover up with after swimming, a swim parka is ideal. This is the case even if you are not swimming outdoors where it can cool down substantially regardless of the season.

Swim parkas are great for those swimming in cold weather conditions, or who want something to cover up with after a swim. Swim parkas are ideal for teams traveling together because everyone has the same jacket in the same color scheme with a logo or team name, allowing you to easily spot teammates in a crowd.

Choosing High School Swim Team Suits

Choosing High School Swim Team Suits

Choosing high school swim team suits revolve around what the coach and

Choosing High School Swim Team Suits

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.

Top Swim Goggles

Top Swim Goggles

The top swim goggles are those that are functional without weighing you down

Top Swim Goggles

during competition. Competitive swimmers know the traits of bad goggles, including loose bands and goggles that don’t sit flush with the skin, allowing water to seep in. The top swim goggles take all of these things into account during the design process, which makes a major difference when a swimmer is competing.

 Aqua Sphere Kaiman Goggles – These comfortable goggles are a favorite of competitive swimmers. Aqua Sphere Kaiman Goggles are made of super soft skin that never tugs or feels constricting around the eyes. These goggles also boast a watertight seal that doesn’t allow a drop of water in. This is important for distance swimmers and triathlons. The shape of the frames curve with the contours of the eye area for superior fit.

Swedish Goggles – Swedish Goggles are traditional competitive swimming goggles that have been around for decades. This is a testament to their simple design that has been modernized with the latest materials. These are a fuss-free pair of goggles that aren’t fancy, but have all of the elements of the best swim goggles. Swedish Goggles require assembly to ensure a custom fit for the individual swimmer. For swimmers who feel some of the more upscale swim goggles feel heavy or cover too much of the face, these are a great pick.

Tyr Flex 4.0 Goggles – The Tyr Flex 4.0 Goggles somewhat morph a snorkeling mask and swim goggles. Unlike a snorkeling mask, these goggles don’t cover the nose. They do conceal a large portion of the face, but some swimmers prefer this wide angle view while maintaining separate. It depends on the swimmer and what he or she is most comfortable wearing while in the water. The Tyr Flex 4.0 Goggles are ideal for beginner swimmers and new competitive swimmers. The Tyr Flex 4.0 is available in youth sizes.

Take into account what type of swimming you’ll do with the goggles. Many competitive swimmers have different goggles for practicing and competing. For practice, you want goggles that offer a wide view and smooth bands for a comfortable fit. For competition, many swimmers favor small frames with a wraparound style that completely shuts out water. Young competitive swimmers will benefit from small goggles that create a tight barrier for water and air.

Lifeguard Rescue Equipment

Lifeguard Rescue Equipment

Lifeguard rescue equipment varies by where you’re on duty. For example,

Lifeguard Rescue Equipment

someone manning the lifeguard stand at the public pool will need different rescue equipment than those on duty at a beach. It’s important to keep a checklist of the essential items you need to lifeguard and ensure they’re near lifeguards at all times. Many young teens take jobs as lifeguards, so if you’re in charge of a group of young people working as lifeguards, go over rules with them regularly to ensure the public’s safety.

1. Two way radio. – For lifeguards working a at a lake or beach a two way radio is required. This ensures there’s contact to emergency rescue services if a lifeguard needs assistance. Depending on the lifeguard’s work experience, it may be required to call for emergency rescue services every time a lifeguard rescues someone. This puts trained medical personnel on the scene in case the victim needs assistance after he or she is rescued. Two way radios should be tested regularly to guarantee they work. Extra batteries should never be far behind the two way radio. A cell phone should also be with lifeguards, although sometimes two way radios pick up better signal than a phone if you’re in a rural area.

2. Rescue Tube – A rescue tube is essential for any lifeguard rescue equipment stash. The rescue tube is the tube you every lifeguard with. Many walk up and down the beach with them, just in case they were to need them. The rescue tube has shown to be one of the most effective pieces of lifeguard rescue equipment than lifeguards use. They should be on the checklist for any pool, lake or ocean. The  rescue tube  works in any body of water and aids a lifeguard as he or she is bringing the victim back to the surface.

3. CPR mask. – A CPR mask that does not require assembly should be essential for any lifeguard. This shaves seconds off getting the mask on the victim, which can be valuable when you are in an emergency. A CPR mask prevents the lifeguard from having direct contact with the victim, while appropriately distributing air into the victim’s mouth during CPR.

Lifeguard rescue equipment that is functional and helps a lifeguard approach an emergency with ease are the most effective pieces you can stock. All lifeguard should be trained on the job (in addition to holding lifeguard certification) with equipment.

Favored Swimmers for the 2012 Olympics

Favored Swimmers for the 2012 Olympics

Favored swimmers for the 2012 Olympics are already popping up. These are the athletes representing the U.S. that are almost guaranteed to make the 2012 Olympic swim team. There are mostly men, but a few women that we suspect

Favored Swimmers for the 2012 Olympics

will be frontrunners at the 2012 Olympics.  Athletes representing the United States are ready to compete. There’s much buzz about what male swimmers will potentially beat gold medalist Michael Phelps. While Phelps will be at the games, there are a few other male swimmers that may qualify in the same competition.

Ryan Lochte – Lochte has already placed in all three medals at the games, but Phelps took the spotlight the majority of the time. He currently holds the world record in the 4×200 meter freestyle relay race. Lochte is best known for his intense freestyle racing where he accelerates by kicking his legs under the water. In the past, Lochte has won gold medals in competitions that Phelps did not compete in.

Missy Franklin – Franklin swept up several gold medals at various world competitions. She holds the world record for the 200 meter backstroke in short course and the U.S. record in 200 meter backstroke in long course. Franklin is won FINA Swimmer of the Year last year and looks to have serious momentum entering the new year. While we’re impressed with Franklin’s swimming resume, we’re even more amazed that the young American swimmer will turn 17 this May. Franklin is likely one to watch for the upcoming 2012 games, as well as future Olympics competitions.


Rebecca Soni – Soni has won silver and gold medals at the Olympics. She competed in 2008 and also holds world titles for other swim competitions. In 2008, Soni was not a favorite and beat Australian swimmer (and favorite) Leisel Jones. This was a major upset at the games, but Soni has continued to prove herself by beating world records for the breaststroke. Like Franklin, Soni began her career early proving that Franklin has plenty of room for growth.

These are just a few of the favored swimmers you’ll likely notice at the 2012 Olympics. The Olympics will be in London this summer and it’s always an exciting event for families to watch. Competitive swimmers of all ages enjoy seeing techniques and skills put to work by athletes who have been training for a lifetime. The 2008 games held many amazing moments and the 2012 Olympics look to be just as exciting in the swimming realm.

Speedo Fastskin 3

Speedo Fastskin 3

Speedo Fastskin 3 is the revolutionary new collection from Speedo. Speedo is always on the cutting edge of what’s hot and new in technology, fashion and function. Speedo launched Speedo Fastskin 3, which is in compliance with all Speedo Fastskin 3FINA regulations. This is fantastic news for competitive swimmers around the globe. Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps has said Speedo Fastskin 3 makes him feel “at one with the water.” If Speedo Fastskin 3 does that for a man who practically lives in the water, imagine what it will do for your own performance.

Speedo Fastskin 3 consists of three products. The Speedo Fastskin 3 swim cap was developed using 3D head scans. This ensures it fits tight without constricting blood flow. It wraps every curve with ease, making it simple for a swimmer to dive right in. The Speedo Fastskin 3 swim cap wraps each contour and ensures a seamless fit with its hydrodynamic results. When worn with the Speedo Fastskin 3 goggles, the swim cap can reduce a swimmer’s full body drag by over 5%. Competitive swimmers know each second matters. The Speedo Fastskin 3 goggles are comfortable and leak resistant. These goggles were designed for minimal movement while swimming. This means a competitive swimmer does not have to worry about goggles slipping or allowing water in while they swim.

Perhaps most impressive is the Speedo Fastskin 3 Super Elite Swimsuit. This swimsuit utilizes technology at its best. High power compression is created with Hydro K-Zone 3D fabric. This fabric moves with the body. Webbing at the framework creates a tight, compressed feeling that allows swimmers to feel minimal weight as they make their way through the water. Speedo has utilized an outstanding team of researchers, scientists and coaches when developing the Fastskin 3 collection. When worn all together, swimmers can expect increased performance due to the technology that inhabits each product.

Speedo also consulted sports psychologists when creating Fastskin 3. The grey-blue tint of the goggles ensures a calm and focused approach to any swim meet. Speedo continues to push the envelope when it comes to competitive swimwear. Speedo has become the name you can trust when purchasing practice gear and competitive swim items. The Speedo name ensures durability and the brand is constantly experimenting with the latest technology to bring swimmers that take the market by storm. By paying careful attention to small details, Speedo has propelled swimmers to a new place with the Speedo Fastskin 3 collection.

How to Buy Speedo Practice Swimsuit

How to Buy Speedo Practice Swimsuit

Buying a Speedo practice swimsuit means you have high quality practice swimwear that differs from your performance gear. Swimmers know that the suit matters, but the suit

How to Buy Speedo Practice Swimsuit
How to Buy Speedo Practice Swimsuit

should be different for practice than it is for competing in a meet. Swimsuits for practice differ from competitive swimsuits in minor areas, but are still designed for performance.

1. Multiple practice swimsuits are the norm. Because you or your child regularly swim during the week, multiple practice swimsuits are required. Anywhere from 2-4 suits are required, depending on how many practices you or your child have per week. Practice suits are durable enough to be worn many times and rinsed thoroughly between each wear.

2. Know the differences in fabric. Typically practice swimwear is comprised of polyester and Lycra, just like competitive swimsuits. Sometimes practice suits are made of nylon for increased durability. Most Speedo practice swimsuits are made of polyester and Lycra to mimic the same feel and fit that swimmers are used to competing in. The fit of a practice Speedo swimsuit may be slightly looser or relaxed than a competitive swimsuit. This creates less constriction when practicing.

3. Care for your Speedo practice swimsuit properly. Suits should have about 24 hours to rest between wears. Chlorine water puts a lot of wear and tear on a practice swimsuit. Polyester, Lycra and Spandex blends are essentially memory yarns that need time to “snap back” into place after a swim. Let practice swimsuits air dry, but never in the sun light. Rinse the practice swimsuit and place it in the bathroom to drip dry. Sun light can damage a suit’s colors with fading and heat can break down the fibers and elasticity in your swimsuit. Because of this, you also want to avoid drying the swimsuit in the dryer.

4. Reach for quality name brands like Speedo. There’s a reason brands like Speedo have become synonymous with competitive swimming. Speedo deliver the quality you need from swimsuits that are worn repeatedly for practice or competition meets. Speedo swimwear is treated with chlorine resistance for durability and minimal fading even with consistent use.

Wearing a Speedo practice swimsuit means wearing quality swimwear that will stand up to the most intense practices. Speedo swimsuits are well-known for a reason in both the practice and competitive realms. For both men and women, boys and girls, Speedo swimsuits offers high quality swimwear meant for swimmers who take the sport seriously.

Speedo Racing Swimsuit Trends

Speedo Racing Swimsuit Trends

Speedo racing swimsuit trends dictate what other brands will turn out each season. The 2012 Olympics means plenty of new trends for competitive racing

Speedo Fastskin3 Kneeskin
Speedo Racing Swimsuit

swimsuits. Olympic swimmers know that fit matters most when it comes to finding the right swimsuit for a major competition. Finding the right fit means designating certain suits for different purposes.

1. Find the right fit for practice means looser fits. Relaxed and slightly loose swimwear is comfortable for practice. Speedo has special elastic in their swimsuits to prevent constriction, even with a more fitted swimsuit. The leg openings on a practice swimsuit should be slightly roomy, but still sit flush to the skin. Not every swimmer wants them as tight as the leg openings on competitive swimwear. For the 2012 Olympics and any major competitive swim meet, you’ll notice tight leg openings and nylon fabrics for swimwear.

2. Olympic swimmers are picky about their fabrics for swimsuits. You’ll notice many aerodynamic suits at the 2012 Olympics and for good reason. These thin, fitted suits sit like a second skin on a swimmer’s body, making it easy to swim fast and move freely under water. Olympic swimmers know that a suit’s fit and fabric can help or hinder their performance. One popular trend is for Olympic swimmers to wear full body suits. These are often more expensive than other swimsuits, but are well worth the money since they are ideal for competitive swimming. Innovative fabrics and techniques are implemented for these full body suits. Full body suits should be very snug, but never too tight or cut off circulation. These full body suits may not affect your performance while practicing, but the aerodynamic fabric will potentially help shave seconds off competitive meets.

3. Be careful with swimsuit straps. The vast majority of swimsuits do not have straps. Swimsuit straps slow down competitive swimmers, so straps are usually an extension of the torso portion of the suit. Competitive swimmers don’t need tie-style straps holding them down. Make sure armholes are wide enough to be comfortable, but never with excess or puckering fabric in any area.

4. Be sure there’s adequate coverage in the back. Like with armholes, there shouldn’t be any tugging or puckering in the bottom area for women or men. If the style doesn’t seem to work with your shape, try a different style versus changing sizes in the exact same suit. You’ll notice that Olympic swimmers wear different styles of swimsuits and this is because they choose what works for their bodies while staying within the competition’s swimwear guidelines.

Check out a Speedo racing swimsuit the next time you’re looking for a new suit. You’ll notice Speedo is a brand favored by Olympic athletes and competitive swimmers around the globe.