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For the adult who loves to travel south to participate in water sports, consider a mask and snorkel! They can always use those from the resort, but how many peoples’ mouths have been on that snorkel? For the kids, a pair of goggles that don’t cover the nose can make swimming lessons much less of a struggle. A pair of simple goggles is best for kids still taking lessons because it helps them learn proper breathing patterns. A mask that covers the nose disrupts the pattern and makes it harder for kids to get the proper body positioning in the water.
Everyone’s facial structure is different; we all have different eye and skull shapes and sizes. They make a ton of different types of goggles, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a properly fitting pair. It takes a bit more time to get a proper fit, but it pays off when you don’t find yourself constantly having to readjust or empty your goggles in the pool. When fitting goggles bring them to the face without putting on the strap. You should be able to press them into your face and let go, and the goggles should not fall off right away. The longer they stay on when you’re not holding them, the less chance there is of them leaking when you get in the pool.
Once you have goggles that fit your face, you need to adjust the straps properly. Adjust the nose strap first. The nose strap should fit fine if you can put the goggles on your face as discussed above. Tighten the strap around the head so that it is firm, but not too tight.
Trouble-shooting your goggles: if your goggles are leaking, or if they are giving you a headache, then they don’t fit properly. Leaky goggles mean that your strap is too loose, the nose strap is too wide or too narrow, or they don’t fit your face shape. Goggles that give you headaches mean that your strap is too tight.
One more word on goggles: if your child is young and doesn’t mind the water on his or her eyes too much, send them to swimming lessons without their goggles. Too often they spend far too much time fussing with the goggles and not enough time learning to swim. If you child swims with you and doesn’t fuss at all with their goggles, it’s probably fine to go to swimming lessons with the goggles. And by the time kids start doing distances of 4 lengths of the pool or more (100 metres or more), you should think about getting them goggles so that they don’t start swimming into walls.