Swimming is a water sport or activity. For swimming competitions, the participants compete against each other to see who the fastest swimmer is for a given distance and stroke. Some of the stokes are the breast stroke, back stroke freestyle and the butterfly. Swimming is also essential in other open water activities, such as open diving, snorkeling and scuba diving. There are different swimming equipment or apparatus used.
Here are some examples of swimming equipment and how to use them:
- Swimming cap - The swimming cap is used in swimming competitions. The material of the cap is made with latex or silicone. Swimmers use this to keep their hair away from their faces when the head is underwater. Another advantage of the swimming cap is that it prevents hair damage that may be caused by chlorinated water. Some pool facilities require swimmers to use a swimming cap to avoid hair from clogging the pool's drainage.
- Swim goggles - Swim goggles is another swimming equipment. This can be used in pools and open water swimming. The goggles are worn by swimmers for swimming safety and in order to protect the eyes from the chlorinated water or salt water. This also lets the swimmer see clearer underwater. The most common type of swim goggles used by swimmers is the Swedish goggles. The eyecups of the goggles are made with a suction cup so that it can fit snugly on the eye area so that water will not be able to seep in.
- Swim fins - Swim fins are worn on the feet. They are made of plastic and are most commonly used in scuba diving to help the divers maneuver underwater by using only their feet. This allows the divers to swim faster without exerting much effort on their feet. There are different types of swim fins available. These are namely the paddle fins, vented fins, split fins, free diving fins and monofins.
- Wetsuit - A wetsuit is a garment that is worn by scuba divers, surfers and windsurfers. This can be considered an endurance equipment. The wetsuit is made of neoprene, which helps keep the body heat. In wearing a wetsuit, the right fit must be chosen. The suit must fit snugly on the body but it must not be too tight. There are different types of wetsuits that are made for different water temperatures.
- Floaters - Floaters are inflatable armbands that are worn by people in order for them to learn how to swim. These are mostly worn by children who are just getting used to floating in water. When they are good at swimming, they can remove the floaters and swim on their own.
These are some of the most common swimming equipment used both in pools and in open water. It is important that a swimmer knows which swimming equipment to use in different situations. This is so that they can make the most out of the equipment and also to protect their bodies when swimming.