It is recommended that you invest in a polyester or nylon blend suit. They maintain colors, shape and fit many times longer than lycra suits.
Women’s Fit – you want to be comfortable and make sure there isn’t any gapping in the fabric or it feels loose when dry. If it is loose when dry it will be really loose when wet. If the suit is uncomfortable when dry it will only get worse in the water. There are suit styles for everyone – thin straps, thick straps, revealing or covering it up, wild and crazy or plain – Choose the suit that you will be comfortable with.
Men’s Fit – Please get a swimsuit if you plan on swimming more than once in a while. Board shorts are fine but hard and heavy to swim in. Suits that are polyester or nylon blend tend to last longer and hold their shape and color. For the modest swimmer go with the Jammer style suit which looks more like bicycle shorts. You will see men in both jammers and briefs – it is completely up to you what you want to wear.
Team Suits – Are preferably all black or black and gold to match the Kraken Logo.
Everyone has their own favorite brand of goggles and you will need to try on a few pairs before you find yours. A safe bet with most swimmers is the Speedo Vanquisher, it seems to fit everyone most often.
The Speedo Vanquisher comes in both men’s and women’s sizes, offer different colors and offer prescription goggles. Mirrored smoke goggles are good for outdoor swimming, clear goggles are good for indoor swimming. Invest in a pair of mirrored goggles if you are planning on swimming open water this summer.
Caps are great for keeping your hair out of your face and minimizing resistance.
Caps are optional and there are a couple different things to consider:
Latex caps are priced between $2.00 and $5.00; they have a tight fit and can last between 1 – 3 months depending on how you care for them
Silicone caps are priced between $10.00 and $20.00, they have a smooth softer texture and are thicker than latex. They are easy to care for and look new until they break. Silicone caps typically last much longer than latex.
We recommend talking to the Coach before purchasing fins. While fins are great for swimming if you get the wrong type of fin you can impair your swimming or cause injury
Everyone has their own favorite brand of paddles and you will need to try on a few pairs before you find yours.
Pull Buoys and Kick Boards
Are located in the wire bins at the pool and are for everyone’s use
Gear Bags, Backpacks and Other Storage Ideas
Gear bags are great to hold your wet stuff together; the mesh holes allow things to dry out a bit quicker than if they were stuffed in a backpack. Also, it is recommended you rent a locker at the pool to store your swim equipment and personal provisions.
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