Isaac started swimming with a swim club back in January last year and the improvement in his swimming has been outstanding.
What no-one does warn you when you join a swimming club, is just how much the extra’s are. I was expecting the monthly fees, but on top of this are annual membership fees for Swim England, the equipment the kids are expected to have and race / gala fees.
Last month, Eliza was awarded her 800m swimming badge and is now an ASA Level 7 swimmer and as she has been wanting to join Isaac at a swimming club for some time, I let her do a trial.
She got in to the club and has now started swimming with her big brother, which means a second lot of equipment and fees, but it has been well worth it for the smiles on her face. She even dived off the blocks on her first lesson!!
What equipment you need when starting club swimming
Finding the right goggles can be a challenge. They need to fit correctly, not leak and of course look good. I would recommend having a couple of pairs, one for training and one for racing.
We have tried a few brands now, but Isaac’s favourite are his Vorgee Goggles which offer a unique UltraLight gasket and frame that weighs less and in turn provides less pressure on the face and around the eyes for a more comfortable fit.
The curved Ultra vision lens provides amazing clarity with wide angled vision and the quick fit strap adjustment makes them easy to get on for more time in the pool – this is a must especially with young swimmers that continually fiddle with them.
A kickboard helps improve balance and body position in the water and is also used to practice kick strokes and improve and build leg strength and endurance.
Probably Isaac’s favourite part of training is Fin Training. These increase ankle flexibility and create water resistance to increase your muscle strength in the lower body. Swimming with fins propels you through the water faster, as if you were racing, but the added buoyancy of fins means that they will help you to keep your legs and overall body position higher in the water – great for butterfly training!
A Pull Buoy is a swim fitness training aid that sits comfortably between the legs to increase upper body strength and helps to bring your hips higher up in the water and teaches your body to swim more horizontal and streamlined which increases efficiency, speed and endurance.
Most clubs will have their own design, but for training you can wear one of your own choice. I would recommend a silicone one for durability.
Keeping hydrated throughout your training is absolutely key to maintain your energy levels and prompt a healthy recovery.
Swim Mesh Bags are perfect for holding all the kit you need. You can fit kickboards, pull buoys, drinks bottles and fins in them, plus they have excellent drainage and ventilation to ensure the equipment stays in good condition.
I have to admit I paid over-the-odds for Isaac’s swim kit, but with Eliza I knew exactly what we needed and found the best deals on SimplySwim.com, plus got 5.25% cashback from Top Cashback, for extra savings.
Just Sebby to go now, but have a few years grace as he has only just completed Puddleducks Level 4!
Disclaimer: I was sent Vorgee Goggles for Isaac, Eliza and Sebastian a purpose of a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own