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Best Material for Competitive Swimwear

If you are a competitive swimmer, then you know the importance of choosing the right swimwear. The wrong choice will mean more drag and will compromise your performance. There is a lot of controversy about which material is best for competition swimwear. Here are the major options and the pros and cons of each.

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History of Swimwear Material

At the start of the 20th century, swimsuits were mostly designed for modesty. They were made from materials like wool and could weigh several pounds. When swimming gained popularity as a sport in the 1920s, there were still no brands making swimsuits for racing. Swimmers had a difficult time finding swimsuits which were tight fitting (at least by the standards of the time) and lightweight.

In 1928, the brand which would become known as Speedo revolutionized competitive swimming when they introduced their Racerback swimsuit. The swimsuit was a one-piece with a Y back and a shorts-style bottom. It immediately became popular with male swimmers, though it was considered too risqué to be worn at beaches and was banned in public.

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5 Types of Competitive Swimwear

If you are a competitive swimmer, then you want to be as streamlined as possible so you can cut through the water without resistance. To do this, you will need a tight-fitting swimsuit designed for training or competition. Here are the main types of competitive swimwear that today’s swimmers have to choose from.

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Gift Ideas for the Swimmer in Your Life

Have a swimmer in your life who is celebrating a birthday or other big event? These swimmer gift ideas are sure to please!

Swim Hand Paddles

Swim hand paddles look a bit like oven mitts made out of soft plastic. They are worn over the hand while swimming to increase the resistance against the water. If the swimmer’s hand is at an incorrect angle, then the paddle will twist, letting the swimmer know if his/her error. Remember, you choose swim hand paddles by skill, not hand size! Smaller sizes are for beginners with larger paddles being for more experienced swimmers.

Swim Goggles

Unfortunately, swimmers tend to lose their goggles rather frequently. This
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How to Count Swimming Laps

If you are training for a triathlon or any long-distance swimming event, then you will need to keep track of the number of laps you do while swimming. Some people try to do this in their head, and there are even all sorts of mind tricks for remembering which lap you are on. For example, some people only count even number laps, some say the number of the lap as a mantra while swimming, and some others will switch up their swimming with each lap.

Unless you are very good at keeping track of numbers in your head while also focusing on swimming, you probably will lose count of your swim laps. That is why it is better to rely on a swim lap counter.

When Training Alone

If you are training alone, then
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How to Choose a Water Ski Helmet

Whether you are an old pro or just learning to water ski or wakeboard, it is a good idea to wear a helmet. The helmet could very well save your life or protect you from injuries like ruptured ear drums. With competitive water skiing, you may also be required to wear a helmet – so you might as well start practicing in the helmet.

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Reasons to Wear a Waterski Helmet

Yes, we know that you like to live “on the edge” and wearing a helmet while water skiing or wake boarding doesn’t fit with this. But there are a lot of good reasons why you should consider wearing a helmet when you engage in water sports.
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