Swimming is often described as an inexpensive sport, because all you need is a swimming suit. Well, we don’t disagree with that statement.
However, a few essentials can really motivate you when you’re taking swimming lessons, and at EC Swim in PJ, we have a few learning aids to maiximize your lessons.
This is pretty obvious as mentioned earlier but you should still find out if there are any rules on swimsuits. Some pools may not allow swim shorts or in some countries, a bikini might be viewed as inappropriate. Always choose a swimsuit that you will feel comfortable in, not too lose and not too tight. Nowadays, many new swimmers opt for swimming shorts or swimming skirts, it’s kinda the fashion. You can check out some of the latest swimwear from Arena here
In most hotels, they provide a towel when you go swimming but if you’re swimming elsewhere, be sure to pack a towel. It’s not just to wipe yourself dry, but by avoiding drips of water all over the pool area, we can avoid any falling accidents.
It is not a must to swim with goggles, but there are a few good reasons on why you should use one. When the chlorine mix with the impurities in the water they create chloramines which causes irritation and redness in our eyes. In rare cases you can get an infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis, which can result in blindness. I talked about this in my blogpost titled “Can I swim with contact lens()”
You will probably see more ladies wearing swimming caps because it keeps their log hair out of their faces while swimming. But that’s not the only reason why you should wear a swimming cap. It also protects your hair from the chemicals in the water, which could be either the chlorine or residue from other people such as hair gel, deodorant and perfume. That’s why it is also important to take a pre-swim shower before you enter the pool. Always remember to choose a swimming cap that fits just right. If you wear a swimming cap that is too tight, you might end up with a headache or restrict any blood flow to your head. This is very important, and if you’re unsure, speak to you swimming instructor.
This is another less popular item for casual swimmers, but it could be a very important one if you often experience headaches or get ear infection. One of the common infection that occurs in the outer canal is called “Swimmer’s Ear”. If you are not confortable with ear plugs, then don’t wear them, it will be difficult for you to focus on your swimming lesson. However, you must remember to clean your ears thoroughly after you swim, make sure they are dry to prevent any infection.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced swimmer, using a kick board can be very useful in the pool. Beginners use this floating gear to focus on the proper technique of kicking, while experience swimmers also use this for kicking techniques and strengthening their leg muscles. A kickboard also allows you to keep your head above water, so that you can hear instructions from your trainer or just chat with your swimming buddy. A kick board is very helpful when teaching children how to swim. If you prefer, you can try a swimming noodle. This is a versatile swimming equipment that can be used in so many ways. Ask you swimming instructor if there are any other learning tools to help you in your swimming class in PJ.
Even in what looks like a clean pool, you can’t be sure of what impurities are in the water. That’s why you should always shower immediately after a swim. Also the chlorine can have detrimental effects on your hair and skin long-term, so pack a bottle of shampoo with conditioner, soap and moisturizer in your toiletry bag. Always look for swimming classes where there is a shower room in the vicinity.
These days, it’s unofficially mandatory to have a traning watch when you do sports like running and cycling. Swimming is no different. It’s not just to keep track on how long you should be in the pool, but you can also count strokes while monitoring your swim distance and speed. This is probably not necesarry for new swimmers but if you do use it in your lessons, you can keep track of your progress. Speak to your instructor at EC Swim to learn about the best swim watches around.
Swimmers often feel hungry after a good workout in the pool. This is because our bodies use food to bring up the temperature which has dropped in the cool water. However, stuffing yourself might just undo all the hard work you did in burning those calories. So be mindful of what you’re snacking and we recommend fruits like an apple or a banana.
Yes, a smile can be extremely helpful in the pool. Not only does it lift your mood but especially in a packed pool, other swimmers can get in each other’s way or lane. A smile can help break the ice, and create a friendlier give and take atmosphere.
You may think that some of the items listed here are not necesarry, and you’re right.
However, when you wear items like goggles and ear plugs, you can avoid any infections, and things like the kickboard and swim watch will be helpful in tracking your progress which will motivate you more.
Having a healthy snack is always important so that you stay healthy and keep your body and great shape. I hope you consider at least some of the things here to give you an enjoyable swimming experience.
Always keep this checklist with you, and have a whale of a time in the pool!
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