Swimming requires some special equipment besides
The very basics include:
Other handy items would be:
Containers near a pool or shower should be plastic.
Suits are often made of a combination of Lycra Spandex and nylon. These suits eventually fall apart from continual wearings in chlorine pools. I usually replace mine every 4 months or so since I swim 3 or more times a week.
Keep your Lycra suit longer by:
Caps come in either rubber, silicone rubber or Lycra spandex. If you really want to protect your hair from chlorine, bear in mind that rubber or silicone are effective barriers. Silicone is thicker and makes the best seal round your head. Porous Lycra caps keep your hair contained but will eventually fall apart, the same as a suit.
Hairdressers recommend putting conditioner on your hair under your rubber cap for protection while you swim. Every pool has rules regarding the use of caps, as you'll find out as you arrange for lessons.
Goggles are a highly individual matter. Most important, the goggles need to fit your face, between your brow ridge and your cheekbone. They come in different styles depending on your face shape. Oversized mask-like goggles can offer lots of visibility and might help you relax.
Some goggle tips:
The strap fits tightest at the upper back-of-your-head. Most new swimmers have to try on different styles before being satisfied with the fit. Unfortunately, unless you can try out a friend's pair while you're at the pool or a store pair, you'll have to buy your goggles first before checking the fit.
Swim gear can be found at the following or at your local sports store:
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Keep your Lycra swimsuit longer...
Rinse it in the shower while wearing it to open and saturate its fibers with fresh water.
Rinse it again in cool water after swimming, and hang to dry without stretching it.
Suits first fall apart on areas of the body where the fabric doesn't fit snugly. Without your skin as a natural barrier, chlorinated pool water flows easily back and forth through the fabric.
For a longer-lasting suit, get the best possible fit.