We have parents frequently ask us questions about googles. These questions include: “Does my child need goggles?“, “When is then best age to start wearing goggles?“, “Why do you do exercises without goggles?“, and “What do I look for when buying goggles?“. Goggles are an essential item in any swimmer’s equipment bag. They have an important place in learning to swim and even more so when swimmers start training more seriously. However, goggles should not be relied upon heavily in the early stages of learning to swim. Here are some important things you should know:
Goggles can be a real blessing for swimming instructors
Goggles can help instructors working with timid swimmers who are scared or reluctant to put their face under water for two reasons. It can give swimmers a little more confidence because they can see clearly, and frightened beginners often dislike water on their face. Goggles will protect their eyes from the water, and can make lessons a little bit easier.
Goggles can be a real pain for swimming instructors
They are a pain if they are ill-fitting, or if they leak and require adjusting after each lap. Wouldn’t you rather your child’s instructor spend time on teaching important swimming and water safety skills, instead of frequently adjusting goggles? There are a few things to consider when you are purchasing goggles for your child. You’ll need goggles that suit their face shape, the size of their head, and are easily adjustable as they grow. Goggle manufacturers place recommended ages on their goggles to help guide you. It is best to try on a few different sets of goggles to find the most suitable set for your child. We stock a wide range of goggles in different styles and fits at our swim shop. Our friendly staff will help you pick a pair that your child will love!
Googles are not essential in the early stages of learning to swim.
For infants and babies, the amount of time spent underwater will be limited at the start of their learn to swim journey. As young swimmers grow, they develop better swimming skills, and spend more time under water as their breath control improves. At this point, goggles may be required if eye irritation occurs. Seek advice from your instructors but don’t become reliant on goggles. We find that children start to wear goggles when they start swimming without their parents.
Goggle free time is important in swimming lessons.
This will help to promote water safety skills. It is important to remember though that if your child has an aquatic emergency, like falling into a pool, there is a chance that they will not be wearing goggles at the time. If your child is reliant on goggles, they could panic if they fall into water without goggles. Swimmers need to understand that water is blurry if you aren’t wearing goggles, but you can still navigate your way to safety without them. If young swimmers only know how to swim or put their face under water if they are wearing goggles, do they really know how to swim or put their face under water?
Goggles can be great for water play and exploration.
By allowing swimmers to play and explore under water you are encouraging them to build their breath control. Goggles can make under water play exciting because they can see everything clearly. It also allows swimmers to grow in confidence and ability outside of formal swimming lessons.
Keep these things in mind when you are attending swimming lessons with your child. Remember, although goggles can aid in the learning process they should not be relied upon in every swimming situation. Sometimes swimmers should go without for the sake of learning water safety, and their true capabilities in the water.