Swim Wear & Equipment Guidelines
I would like to preface this by saying that none of this is mandatory, these are just my own personal beliefs after 10 years of ACAC swimming.
- SUITS ARE MEATS TO BE TIGHT! - I cannot stress this enough, for both boys and girls, that their practice and competition suits are supposed to conform to the shape of their body without having areas of sagging fabric. Girls should have one piece suits, and boys should have jammers or briefs depending on preference. Size 30 pants are generally a size 30 for briefs, and so on.
- Equipment - By no means do I want you to have to break the bank for equipment, so I believe that we can get away with only needing a Kickboard and Pull Buoy. If you would like your child to have additional resources, which we would take advantage of if provided, then I would also highly recommend Paddles and Fins. If you cannot provide any equipment, which is okay, then we will have some on-hand for use.
- Reputable Brands - From my experience I would largely urge you to stay away from brands like Nike and Adidas for suits and equipment, and stick with things from Speedo, Arena, and Tyr.
- Goggles - This can make or break your swimmer's ability to actually practice well. I would advise that you seek out goggles with an adjustable nose piece with two straps on the back. Speedo's Vanquisher series of goggles are the only thing I have ever used in practice or competitions, and they are generally pretty affordable.
- Where to get all this - SwimandTri on Kingston Pike is an excellent place if you need to be fitted for suits or want to look at the large variety of equipment that they offer. SwimOutlet.com can be a great resource if you're already familiar with sizing on everything from suits to equipment. If you are not, however, then I highly recommend taking a trip down to SwimandTri and looking at everything in person.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and hopefully I gave you some useful information.