So the day of your first competition is fast approaching but what kit do you need?


Swimsuits. The good news for parents is you can forget about that expensive top of the range racing suit for now. All you really need is something tight fitting to keep the water out and make you feel that you can go faster.


Other points to note. If the suits are kept solely for competitions they will last much longer. As for sizing, because Lycra stretches, typically you need to go down a size from your normal swimming costume.


Goggles. In our experience, the Speedo Futura Juniors with split head strap are excellent beginners goggles as they have good suction and usually stay in place as you learn to dive competitively. Elite racing goggles (such as Speedo Speed sockets) are much smaller (and expensive) and many young swimmers can find them very uncomfortable until they have been wearing goggles for 3 or 4 years.


Please note the Club kit, i.e., costumes, hats, tee-shirts and track suit tops must be worn at all events in which the club takes part. 


It is also advisable to take plenty to drink (not fizzy) and some food, as children tend to become hungry quickly. Swimmers are not allowed to leave the poolside without footwear, so flip-flops or pool shoes are useful. Some swimmers also like to wear shorts poolside.