A Beginner’s Swimming Survival Guide – Part 1 – Swimmers

A Beginner’s Swimming Survival Guide – Part 1 – Swimmers

Start by looking for the right competitive swimwear.
Competitive swimwear isn’t the only thing you need.

If you’re interested in competitive swimming, checking out the competitive swimwear and other swim gear you need can quickly become overwhelming. Determining what is a necessity and what items are considered extra may be difficult if you aren’t familiar with the swimming scene. This guide is designed to help you make the right choices so you can get started without pending more than necessary.

The Gear

Entering into competitive swimming means you will need to purchase a variety of gear to ensure you can stay competitive and perform your best. A competitive swimwear is obviously a must, but due to the amount of chlorine exposure, it’s often best to purchase a separate training suit or two. This will ensure your competition swimsuit stays in good condition for your meets. However, your swimwear isn’t the only purchase you will need to make.

There are a number of items you will need to compete properly, including the best goggles and a custom swim cap. The cost of these two items can vary greatly depending on the option you choose. If you are just getting started and aren’t sure you will enjoy it, you may want to find a low-cost option to start and invest more once you are confident in your interest. While these are the only required items, there are other options you may want to consider, including swim parkas if you will be swimming in colder climates or outdoors or a swim backpack or duffel bag to carry everything to and from your practices and meets.

Preparing for the Meet

After you have all the gear you need and have practiced before your first meet, it can be helpful to learn how to prepare yourself for your first race. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your meet so you can perform to the best of your ability:

  • Eat a Healthy Breakfast — Eating right can go a long way toward giving you the energy you need to perform well. Load up on good carbohydrates for an energy boost.
  • Arrive Early — You should arrive at the meet location 15 minutes prior to your scheduled arrival time. This will give you plenty of time to warm up and get acclimated to your surroundings.
  • Pay Attention to Race Order — It’s essential to be at your race on time. Plan to arrive at the check-in point at first call for your race so you don’t feel rushed and don’t miss out.
  • Follow Instructions — Listen carefully to any instructions you are given and remain in the set order. Failure to follow instructions can leave you disqualified or confused.
  • Show Good Sportsmanship — Always congratulate the winner and accept congratulations with humility.

Becoming a competitive swimmer can be a lot of fun, but it’s a lot of hard work too. Visit D and J Sports to make sure you have everything you need for a successful season.

Make This Swim Season a Successful One with These Training and Conditioning Tips

Make This Swim Season a Successful One with These Training and Conditioning Tips

Start your season with new custom swimsuits.
Custom swimsuits can help you perform better.

Getting ready for a new swimming season often leaves you feeling busy. You may be shopping for high school swim team suits that look great and build a sense of unity or you might be looking for swim parkas to wear at the pool side during the fall or winter months. In addition to finding the right gear, it’s also essential to prepare yourself physically for the upcoming season as well.


Developing your technique should take place throughout the year. It all starts with supportive custom swimsuits and continues with hours of practice. Making changes to your warm-up is just one step in the process. Watching your race films can help you identify the areas on which you want to work. Some of the most important areas to work on during the preseason include underwaters, push-offs and streamlines. Body position kicking is also useful before the season begins.


Certain swim tools can provide the conditioning you need to improve your performance in the water. Swim paddles are a necessary tool. Start with short swims and work your way up to longer, faster sessions. Shoulder mobility is a common issue with swimmers. The right conditioning exercises can ensure long-term mobility. It’s also important to think ahead regarding injuries.


Another important element in preparing for the future season is your training. Keep your practices short early on and gradually increase the time you spend in the pool to increase your endurance. Completing shorter swims at faster speeds can help you build on the skills you already have and improve your times. As you progress through your training sessions, monitor your heart rate, stroke count and session timing to ensure you are making progress. If you find you aren’t progressing as you would like, changes to your training regimen may help.

Swimming isn’t a year round sport for everyone. If you are preparing to get started on a new season, you will need to shop for high school swim team suits and swim parkas as the fall and winter sessions approach. Custom swimsuits aren’t the only concern, however. Instead, it’s important to focus on your training, including technique and conditioning. With the right approach to your new season, you can improve your times and increase your chances of winning races.

If you are looking for custom swimsuits for your upcoming season, contact us. We can provide the competitive swimwear you need to enhance your performance.

Stay Warm This Winter with Swim Parkas

Stay Warm This Winter with Swim Parkas

Swim Parka
Stay warm on the sidelines with a swim parka.

When your swimming takes you to the pool year round, winter can become quite brutal on your body, especially your muscles. It is important to protect the condition of your muscles before and after you hit the water to prevent cramping or impeding your swimming skills. If your swimming takes you into the winter, whether your climate gets cold or not, it would be wise to invest in a quality swim parka to keep you warm and to avoid unnecessary injury.

Speedo Team Parka

If you are looking for a way to make your entire team look united while they stay warm this winter, the Speedo Team Parka is the perfect choice. Available in solid Black or Navy, this parka is water resistant, allowing your team to wear it near the water without worry about getting it wet. The interior is lined with fleece to keep everyone as warm as possible and contains several pockets on the interior and exterior of the parka to allow them to carry their important swimming accessories without worrying about losing them. This parka is a great way to provide a united front for your entire team.

TYR Alliance Swim Team Parka

For swimmers in really cold areas, the TYR Alliance Swim Team Parka promises the utmost protection with its polyester outer shell and micro fleece lining that not only keeps swimmers warm but also eliminates moisture. In addition, the barrel lock bungee cord on the hood keeps the wind out. Unlike many other parkas, the TYR parka offers a slim fit to reduce the bulk that is usually felt when wearing a swim parka. It also contains front and back venting to allow swimmers to regulate their temperature without feeling overheated. For important items, such as an MP3 player or keys, there is a secure inner pocket to keep belongings safe.

Nike Swim Parka

For those swimmers who are partial to the Nike brand, the Nike Swim Parka offers incredible warmth and style. Available in Black, Navy and Red, each color has a contrasting white stripe down each arm for a flattering look. This parka is made from fabric that is water resistant, making it possible to wear it on deck without the worry about getting wet. It also has comfortable elastic cuffs, a drawstring hood and mesh vents to prevent overheating or sweating before swimmers enter the pool.

Swim Parkas Keep You Warmed Up

Swim Parkas Keep You Warmed Up

Swim Parkas
Swim parkas become a necessity when the weather is cooler.

Most people don’t go swimming in conditions you would consider cold enough to need to wear a jacket. In fact, most people only think about swimming when the weather is hot or you are inside. However, when it comes to competitive swimming, it is extremely important to keep your muscles warm in between swims, even if the temperature isn’t incredibly cold. Swim parkas are a great way to keep your muscles warmed up between swims to reduce the shock on your body.

Nike Swim Parkas

Nike makes a line of adult and children’s swim parkas that are specifically designed to keep you warm while you are out on the swim deck. This parka is made from water-resistant 100 percent polyester shell with polyester filling. The hood features a drawstring so you can keep your whole body warm, including your head. This parka comes in navy blue and black with a white stripe down the sleeve.

Speedo Team Swim Parkas

If you are looking for the perfect swim parkas to coordinate your entire team, the Speedo team swim parkas are a great option for you. The water-resistant coat is lined with polar fleece to offer the optimal warmth in between your swims. You will even find a convenient goggle pocket inside so you don’t need to worry about misplacing your goggles. This parka is available in four colors: navy, sapphire, red and black.

TYR Alliance Swim Parkas

Another of your options for swimming in cooler weather is the TYR Alliance swim parka. This coat offers optimal warmth with the fleece lining, as well as resistance to the wind and moisture in the air. This makes it an ideal parka for the coolest weather in which you might swim. One of the unique features of this parka is the Raglan sleeves that provide the best fit, as well as the most freedom of movement possible in a swim parka.

The temperatures in which you may swim can fluctuate, causing you to cool down too much in between your scheduled swims. One of the best ways to ensure you stay warm is by wearing a swim parka in between your swims. These parkas are made from water-resistant material and are lined with warm fleece to help keep you warm. Coordinate your entire team with matching swim parkas or allow each swimmer to pick his or her own.

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.

Lose Weight Swimming – Suggested Swim Gear

Lose Weight Swimming – Suggested Swim Gear

Ok so we all ate too much during the holiday season and now we need to lose some weight. Swimming is one of the best exercises that you can do, it is a full body cardio exercise. Just a few hours each week in the pool will have your waist line going down. Many of you are also making your New Year’s Resolutions to get back into the swimming pool and back into shape. We have assembled a list of swim products to help you out in the pool.

1) a practice swimsuit, available in both women’s practice suits and men’s practice suits styles

2) great fitting goggles, we suggest the TYR Nest Pro goggle or the Women’s Vanquisher goggles

3) a silicone swim cap, you don’t want your hair turning green

4) swim fins, one of the best training aids for swimming is to use rubber swim fins. They will not only help your swim kick but for those of us who have not been in the water in a while, the swim fins will allow us to swim a little longer and help keep us from breaking our form because we are tired.

5) kickboard, I know they are more fun to surf on but now is the time to get serious and put it to use, I found a great swim kickboard with multiple handle grips for added comfort and drills.

6) pull buoy, don’t forget about your arms too, this will not only help you develop your stroke but also make you stronger and better at arm wrestling (hey chicks dig good arm wrestlers.)

7) mesh equipment bag, you will need something to put all of your swim gear in, also check out the swim backpacks too, the swimming backpacks will have you looking like a pro when you head down to the pool.

8) swim parkas, for those of you that swim outdoors, a swim parka is a must. They will keep you warm and also hide a little of that extra weight that you are trying to lose.

9) Pure Sport Starter Kit, put down the coffee and the cokes, now is the time to get serious and start paying attention to what is going into your body also. The Pure Sport Starter Kit will help you before and after you swim to get your body system into shape.

10) Speedo LZR Racer Elite, ok so you are a bad ass and you already have all of the rest of the gear on the list and you are ready to take on Michael Phelps. Then you will definitely need the Speedo LZR Elite swimsuit.

I hope this list helps and don’t forget the most important part of the list…using it!

Swim Parkas for Christmas

Swim Parkas for Christmas

You can still order a swim parka in time for Christmas. Swimming parkas make a great gift for swimmers! The stock parkas are available now for immediate delivery. Custom swim parkas can ship within 1-3 weeks so you will have it well before Christmas if you order now. There are several styles of swim parkas to choose from including the Swim Stuff Solid Swim Parka, which is by far the most popular style. This parka is available in swim team colors and is made with a heavy weight polar fleece lining that dries quickly. Order your swim parkas today from D&J Sports Swim Shop.

Swim Parkas Now In Stock

Swim Parkas Now In Stock

 D&J Sports just receive a large shipments of Swim Stuff Swim Parkas and they are now ready for immediate delivery. These swim parkas are lined with quick drying artic fleece that is sure to keep you warm before and after your swim. The swim parka also has lined pockets and a hood for maximum warmth this fall and winter. These swimming parkas are available in several team colors and can also be customized with your swim team logo and the swimmer’s name. Order your swim parkas today from D&J Sports Swim Shop.