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Training vs Competitive Goggles

Welcome to the world of athletes!! You are NO longer a rec swimmer, where goggles are great for 30-minute lessons and handstands.  You need something that will stand up and stay put during daily training sessions, dive drills, and flip turns. Is there really a difference between training and competitive goggles? Yes. Here are some tips to give you some clear vision.
  • Both training and competitive googles should have dual silicone straps that have a tightening fastener so that your goggles are fitted around your head in two places.  This ensures that they stay put and are leak free.
  • Both should come with either interchangeable nose bridges (to better customize your fit) or a nose bridge made from soft material that adapts to the shape of your face.
  • Both also come in a variety of colored lenses and anti-fog treatments to give you the best possible view. Some swimmers prefer the funky yellow or blue lenses that improve visibility underwater; others prefer the cool mirrored lenses that reduce glare, both are great for training and competitions.
  • But one of the main differences between training and competitive goggles is a hydrodynamic effect to reduce drag as the water moves around your goggles and face.  Competitive goggles highlight this through the slimmer profile of the eye socket cups.  The eyecups also have smaller seals around the edges to fit closer to your eyes and enhance the hydrodynamic effects. Be sure to try them on, some of the slim profiles may touch your eyelashes.
  • With racing goggles, the eyecups have also been lengthened to wrap further around the sides of your face, adding more peripheral vision to the lenses. This feature gives you the best field of vision ahead and to the sides, to see your competition without turning your head. 

Ultimately experience is always key, you need to try a few types and styles of goggles to see what you trust and is reliable for the shape of your face so that when you are racing, a goggle leak off a dive is not something you have to deal with.

Goggle fit test:

Put the goggles over your eyes, gently press, if you feel suction for a few seconds, great they fit - the seal is good. If they pop off too quick the nose bridge may be too big. Now, put the straps on and see if it’s comfortable with even pressure.

Myths about goggle care:
Wash out your goggles with soap ** Rinse your goggles with pool water before putting them on ** Rub the inside of your lenses to dry off ** Spit helps the anti-fog treatment

Goggle care:

  • Rinse the chlorine, pool water and sweat from your goggles with water after practice this will help save your anti-fog treatment.
  • Let them air dry in between morning and afternoon practice sessions so there is no chance of mold growth in the rubber seals.
  • Keep them out of the direct sun and store them in a pouch to avoid scratches.