Summer Swim Team Tips
Updated: May 24
Summer swim season is one of the best times of the year. For many swimmers this marks long course training season and outdoor swimming. Lucky for us this year is also the Olympics. For some tips and tricks to have fun this summer here is Swammer's list of summer swimming hacks.
1. Sun Screen, Sun Screen, Sun Screen
Even if your goal is to get tan this summer, swimming outside with a cap and goggle leaves nasty tan lines. Another factor to consider is that water magnifies the sun rays and will burn you quicker and harder when you're swimming. Some of the best ways to avoid this is to make sure your head and face is well protected from the sun. Make sure your sun screen is also waterproof and board spectrum so it stays on while you swim and protects you from all types of rays. One of my favorites is All Good SPF 50 Zinc Sun Butter, it is broad spectrum, high SPF and extremely water resistant. It also comes off easily with soap in the shower.
2. Mirrored Goggles
Most swimmers who swim outside are usually swimming when the sun is out or almost up (Unless you're on my old team who made us do 5:00 am practices all summer). Swimming outside under the sun can make it difficult while swimming backstroke or lifting your head to breathe in the direction of the sun. Mirrored goggles are nice as they protect your eyes from sun damage and make it easier to see in the bright lighting conditions. A great pair of summer swimming goggles I'd recommend is the Vanquisher 2.0 Mirrored Goggles as they are comfortable and do a good job at protecting your eyes. However if these don't fit your eyes quite right you can find some other mirrored goggles Here.
3. Swim Cap
Many swimmers with short hair don't wear a cap however in the summer the combination of the sun and chlorine can have big affects on hair. This chemical and sun damage gives the hair a shiny look that is turns blonde hair yellow/greenish and turns darker hair a slimy brown color. The best way to prevent this is to wear a cap when swimming to prevent large amounts of chlorine to go through the hair. To find a good swim cap check out Swim Outlet.