The first question to ask yourself when looking at buying goggles, is “will they help my child learn to swim?” For some children they are happy wearing goggles and it helps them to develop confidence in the water. For other children, it causes more problems than it is worth to wear them. They spend the so much time, taking them on and off or adjusting them, that by the time they are correctly fitted the lesson is over.
So the first question to always ask is “do they need them and will they help?”
If the answer to the above is yes. Then it is time to start looking at the correct style and type of goggles and ensuring that they fit correctly.
How to make sure the goggles fit?
The key area to focus on are around the eyes and over the bridge of the nose.
Gently press the goggles to your eyes without the strap around the head
You should experience a brief level of suction that hold the goggles to the child's face
Which type of lens are best?
Did you know that the different colour lenses related to the type of water they should be used in? It's not just to make them look good.
Clear lenses– designed to provide maximum visibility in low-light conditions. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor swimming.
Mirrored lenses – reduce brightness and offer glare protection. Ideal for indoor swim races and some outdoor swimming conditions.
Blue lenses – good all-round lens option providing reduced glare in bright conditions. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor swimming.
Amber Lenses - Best suited to high salt content water.
How do I put goggles on properly?
Starting by holding the lenses snug to your eye until they’re positioned correctly - or better still ask your child to hold them.
Hold in place with one hand.
Pull the goggle strap over the head and position on the crown of the head.
The best fit will give you a comfortable even pressure around your eye and a slight suction.