There is a minimum set of training equipment swimmers are expected to bring to every session, and some of this will vary dependant on squad. The basic kit should include:
- A kit bag – big enough to hold all your gear, and preferably with separate compartments for wet kit, shampoo, goggles etc. Some of them are designed to hold your kickboard too which is handy.
- A net bag – for holding all the gear you will need on poolside.
They get wet so they also get smelly and benefit from the occasional wash!
- Swimwear – chlorine resistant fabric is best for training because of the amount of time spent in the water. Wet costumes should be kept separate from towels, then rinsed thoroughly in clean water and left to dry naturally.
- Goggles – choice will be by swimmer preference, but it is useful to have a spare pair for when they go walkabout or snap.
- Water/juice bottles
- Training Fins – these should be short rubber or silicone fins, not the longer ones used for snorkelling or scuba.
- Resistance Band (C1 and C2 only)
You may also be required to have other equipment (pullbuoy, finger paddles, freestyle snorkel etc), your coach will tell you about any additional requirements.
Competition swimmers may also want to consider costumes designed specifically for the purpose. Racing costumes, or skins, are designed to be very tight and are made of special fabrics to reduce drag. They are not to be used for training and should not be used in a warm-up. They are expensive and are not necessary for young swimmers.
All swimmers are expected to have a Club swimming hat and Club polo shirt. Optional kit are hoodies and tracksuits, see “Team Kit” page.
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