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Best Swimming Mesh Bag Items and What They Do

Updated: Apr 12, 2021

Most swimmers once they get passed the beginner stage in competitive swimming start gathering more tools to help them get better. These can range from wearable items such as fins and paddles to gadgets such as tempo trainers and stop watches. Before you buy any of these items it is important to understand what they do and how they will help your swimming.

1. Mesh Bag

The best way to carry gear that gets wet to and from practice is a mesh bag. These bags allow for ventilation and easy drying of any equipment you put inside. Most bigger bags like the one pictured here (Speedo Deluxe Ventilator Mesh Bag), can fit most gear you will have. You can either get bags with pockets or just plain bags that have no pockets. Many swimmers carry this bag to and from the pool n their hands or they just wear it like a backpack. Regardless of how you transport it make sure your bag is the right size and fits all of your needs. An optional feature you can get on many mesh bags is an embroidered name or logo of your team. To find some of the mesh bags I recommend click Here.

2. Fins

Swimming Fins are one of the most often used piece of equipment among competitive swim clubs. They can help strengthen your core and condition your body to high speed training. Most swimmers use shorter stubby looking fins (As pictured here TYR Stryker Silicone Fin) because they make it so a swimmers kick rate stays relatively high.

Most fin sizes are based around shoe size and usually fit fairly comfortable. However if you tend to have trouble with rubbing on your feet I'd suggest getting a pair of Neoprene Swim Fin Socks. Here is a link to some highly rated Swimming Fins.

3. Paddles

When working on efficiency and power, having a good catch technique and strength is vital. The goal of paddles is to help put in these areas. By increasing hand surface area it makes it so muscles have to work harder to move the hand. Over time this builds muscle and good technique. Most paddles like the Speedo Power Paddle Plus pictured here, have adjustable and removable wrist straps and a finger straps. Some clubs and coaches only use the finger strap to work on proper entry and exit technique of strokes. Most paddles are adjustable and come in a few different sizes to fit bigger and smaller hands. Click Here to see a list of various paddles.

4. Pull Buoy

If you have ever tried swimming with just your arms you will realize that your legs tend to sink behind you. The purpose of a pull buoy is to keep your legs in line while you do pull only strokes. By squeezing the buoy between either your thighs or shins it keeps your bottom half floating and stops you from kicking. Many buoys like the TYR Pull Float Pull Buoy (pictured here) contour to the shape of your legs. A good buoy is comfortable and stays between your legs during pulling and flip turns. To find a good pull buoy for you Click Here.

5. Kick Board

A kickboard is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment on a pool deck. The main use of a kickboard is as a device to hold onto while you do kick on your stomach. Kickboards can also be used in dozens of drills and technique exercises due to their ability to float and be used as a paddle or resistance device. Most boards have a shape similar to the Speedo Team Kickboard pictured on the right. There are other boards that have different shapes and cutouts such as handles. To find a list of highly ranked kick boards Click Here.

6. Snorkel

Snorkels are a useful device to work on position and stroke without having to worry about the complexities of breathing. Most competitive swimming snorkels like the Phelps Focus Swim Snorkel shown here, the snorkel going down the center of the wearers head. Unlike scuba snorkels that have the breathing tube go to the side, swimming snorkels keep it on the front for ideal head position and symmetry. Some snorkels have purge valves in the bottom for making water removal easy however I've found that blowing water out through the top works just fine if you have decently strong lungs. To look at a large selection of snorkels check out Swim Outlet.

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