April 30, 2010

Ear Protection for Swimmers

The best prevention from swimmer's ear is to keep water outside of the ear canal. However if you would like to go swimming then you're going to need some form of ear protection for swimmers and luckily there are some really great products out there.

Swimmer's earplugs can really help to keep water from entering the ears. Water in the ears will not always lead to an outer ear infection, though it can and will if it becomes trapped in the ears.

When water becomes trapped it weakens the skin of the ear canal which causes tiny tears in the skin that bacteria and fungi can then invade. Keeping the ear dry is the best prevention of swimmer's ear.

If you are prone to swimmer's ear, your doctor may recommend that you wear some form of ear protection... read more

Baby Swimming Nappies

Many mothers will be turned off by the idea of going swimming if they are worried about their little one having an accident in the water. Traditional swimwear provides no protection and traditional nappies simply soak up the water weighing the baby down. Actually, many pools do not allow regular nappies in at all because if the absorbent core in the middle bursts out, it could clog the filter system.

Swim nappies are the only way to go to avoid these problems. They have a snug fitting waistband to keep what is supposed to stay in from venturing out, and the same around the leg holes to prevent water from leaking in and ruining its absorbency.

Two different kind of swimming nappies are available: disposable and reusable... read more

April 15, 2010

Baby & Toddler Wetsuits

With the heightened interest in swimming lessons for toddlers comes the introduction of new swimming attire for these little swimmers. One of the great new innovations in attire over the last few years has been the introduction of baby wetsuits.

These wetsuits are specially designed to keep your toddler warm in the water, along with providing comfort, functionality, and a sense of style.

These baby wetsuits have been designed in a way that they are able to be put on the child easily, and are especially helpful for babies who may tend to feel the cold more than others... read more

April 05, 2010

Ten Tips for Swim Goggles

There are many different types of swimming goggles available on the market. Choosing the right goggles is critical to a successful experience in the water and devloping a love for this sport. The main objectives are to achieve a comfortable fit around the eyes which is also secure enough to keep the water out.
  1. Without using the strap if the goggles are pressed on the face they should stay in place for a few seconds.
  2. Tightening the strap does not improve the seal around the eyes! It is just to hold the goggles in place.
  3. Try and make sure your goggles have anti-fog coating. If not a little spit rinsed out with water works wonders.
  4. Do invest in goggles with UV protection.
  5. Blue coloured lenses are designed to reduce glare from water in bright indoor and outdoor light.
  6. Smoke coloured lenses reduce light transmission to the eye lowering overall brightness without excessive colour distortion.
  7. Clear lenses offer protection and clear vision without any colour distortion.
  8. Pink lenses are designed to give the best contrast for objects against a green or blue background. They are a good choice for outdoor use.
  9. Amber lenses provide excellent vision in both bright and dimly lit environments. In low level light amber lenses amplify the light to give clearer vision (for example an indoor pool). In bright light they reduce glare therefore providing better vision.
  10. Always rinse your goggles in cold clean water after use to rinse off chlorine or salt. Allow the goggles to dry naturally as any rubbing of the lenses can cause scratching or damage to the special coatings.