It may sound like a shock to you, but I’m a wife and mother who is currently taking swimming lessons. I know – why so late? Well, I never thought I would need it until my baby was born. I kept thinking lately that I would miss a lot of fun as a parent because I couldn’t teach my own child how to swim.
In one of my swimming classes, my coach reminded us that swimming is essential for safety in the water. I regret not taking that idea seriously in the past since I’ve always been too optimistic about travel. The push I need all along is to have fun with my child when she finally knows how to swim a few years from now. Thank goodness she is still a baby, giving me more time in learning how to swim.
My Coach and His Passion for Swimming Goggles
The first time I joined my coach’s swimming class, I forgot to bring swimming goggles. His website made it clear to bring a pair, but I still attended the class because, well, it’s just swimming goggles! Despite being younger than me, my coach still told me that I shouldn’t have forgotten my goggles. I realized it later when I kept rubbing water out of my eyes every time I emerged from the surface. I found it hard to process the lessons because of the whole eye-rubbing thing.
After the class, my coach came up to me and gave me tips on purchasing swimming goggles. He had no idea that I already bought one. I really just forgot to bring it. But, my coach still continued to explain that in purchasing goggles, I must test the suction. I just have to stick the goggles without the straps as a test. If the goggles stayed on my skin for a while, then these goggles have very good suction. Good suction doesn’t need a tight strap anymore, he said.
I found his tips interesting, especially the suction thing. But, as I said before, I already bought one. So, there’s nothing left to do but bring the goggles I purchased next time. Besides, who in the right mind would sell goggles that would let water gush through? That’s why I just picked the first durable-looking pair of goggles I saw and took it to the counter for purchase. I thought as long as my eyes would stay clear from water, then my goggles are fine.
Boy, I was so wrong with underestimating swimming goggles. I realized in the second session that my new pet peeve is water entering the goggles while swimming. It was so irritating to try my best in adjusting the straps but end up having water all over my eyes. I even adjusted the straps until my eyes were on the verge of popping out of their sockets. Still, water kept entering my goggles.
Again, my coach approached me and asked if I remembered every tip he said the previous session. I admitted that I ignored his tips since I already bought a pair that time. This time, however, my coach insisted that I should buy a new pair or I wouldn’t absorb all his future lessons because of distractions.
Wow, There’s Really a Lot to Learn about Goggles!
My classes are scheduled once a week, so I still had time to purchase new swimming goggles before the third class. But, I researched a lot before purchase to avoid further regrets.
My research was totally worth it! I finally bought the perfect goggles. It didn’t matter if the pair was more expensive than the first. The most important thing was that my third class until the latest one went smoothly for me because of my high-quality goggles. Now, I don’t want other people to experience all the inconveniences that happened to me. Misfit goggles are definitely a waste of money. Avoid the wrong purchase with these tips:
Remember my coach’s tips.
Yup, everything he said to me was right. I found several sources online indicating the tips he stated. Remember, test the goggles first before purchase by letting the suction stick to your skin for a few seconds without straps. In my case, the goggles I bought stayed on my skin for 2 seconds. It worked better with straps, proven by how smooth my third session went.
The suction focuses on stopping water from entering your eyes. Good suction contributes to comfort because you don’t have to tighten the strap too much.
Following this tip is kind of tricky when the goggles are purchased online. You can find a seller who offers a full refund if the goggles don’t fit. But, it can surely be a hassle. To avoid this, then you really have to make a quick sacrifice and go to an actual store.
Choose the right color and quality of lens.
My coach never explained to me why swimming goggles available in the market have different colors. Good thing I managed to learn all about it online.
First things first, it is practical to purchase goggles that have UV protection and anti-fog coating. You might not need UV protection in an indoor pool but once you need goggles in some outdoor activities, then spend your money on just one high-quality pair.
Now, for the most common lens colors:
Mirrored: Lessens glare and brightness, perfect for outdoor swimming pools and beaches.
Blue: Filters light to a moderate level and protects eyes from glare, perfect for both outdoor and indoor use.
Amber: Brightens vision in low light and lessens glare from the sunlight, perfect for both outdoor and indoor use.
Smoke: Reduces overall light transmission, perfect for outdoor activities.
Lilac: Improves contrast of objects in the water, perfect for both outdoor and indoor use.
Clear: Clears vision in low light environments, perfect for indoor pools.
I bought swimming goggles with amber lens. The pair looks so feminine yet sporty at the same time. Okay, you got me – I love the color yellow!
Provide comfort for your nose as well.
People mistakenly prioritize eye comfort when it comes to swimming goggles. In fact, tight and loose goggles can both irritate the nose. Tight goggles pinch the nose’s sensitive skin resulting to a reddish aftereffect. Loose ones, on the other hand, rubs the nose’s skin harshly, leading to rash. There are goggles with an adjustable nose bridge. So, make sure to buy one just like that.
Take advantage of the new thing – split straps!
New designs of goggles usually have the split strap. This type of strap is better at securing the goggles in just one place. If you like diving and speed-swimming, then buy a pair of goggles with a split strap.
Swimming is a nice way to bond with family and friends. I was contented just sitting on the beach or pool lounge chair whenever I was taking a vacation with my parents and siblings. But now that I have a baby, I want to make memories with her such as teaching her what I’ve learned in my swimming classes. I can’t wait to buy her those cute swimming goggles for kids!