A swimmer needs a complete kit, consisting of all requisite swimming equipments, to start off workout session. Multiple swimwear accessories must be part of swimming kit. The term swimming gear is comprehensive and encompasses innumerable items like swimsuit, hand paddles, kickboards, pull buoys, swimming caps, goggles etc. All items in swimming gear have their own importance for the swimmer.
Competitive swimmers are very choosy about swimsuits. Before purchasing
a swimsuit, you must define the purpose you have to purchase a swimsuit
for. You must pay attention to the fabric of the swimsuit.
These improve your kick strength, ankle flexibility and body position.
They come in hundreds of shapes, colors, fastenings, and sizes. And all
of them work for you in a different way. So you have to find the right
one for you. Short or small bladed fins help one get more power from
kick. Medium bladed fins are good for working on dolphin kick and
butterfly or breaststroke. Long bladed fins are good for scuba divers
but not for swimming. Monofin is a great tool for developing strong
Software and Electronic Gadgets
A number of wired, electric, or computerized devices are available to
help swimmers. Waterproof cases are available for ipods enabling you to
listen to music inside water. Lactate Analyzer finds out lactate
threshold of a swimmer quickly and accurately. Swim Trainer allows for
upper body specific training. Sportsound poolside sound system helps one
to do water exercise efficiently. Power Rack is used for high intensity
sprint training. Power Start is a device which helps swimmers get off
the blocks better. Resistance Swim Systems work by pushing water against
a person who is swimming. Swim Leash is used to maintain position while
swimming or exercising. Variety of software are also available for
swimmers and coaches.
Swim cap prevents your hair from heading towards your eyes. Swim caps
are usually made up of plastic or rubber. Remember to dry your cap
properly after usage and sprinkle some talc on it.
Goggles are essential parts of swimming accessory. You have to choose
these carefully, for a wrong choice lead to problems in future,
regarding which you might have to repent. Goggles' role is to keep the
water out of your eyes. Never compromise on quality and try out
different pairs to find which one is right for your eyes.
These are training equipments which help improve your kicking power.
These are gripped with both the hands when training. If you find your
ankles not that strong and flexible, then you can use swim fins in place
of kickboards to boost your ankle flexibility.
Pull buoys condition your upper body muscles and enable you maintain a
good swimming posture by keeping your lower body elevated in water.
These are timing devices that let one decide on time accurately. A
swimming competition is just not possible sans stopwatches.