When looking to get into swimming for fitness or competing, you will need certain items of kit to help you. Below is a list of kit that may be useful:
A good fitting swimming outfit is a must. For men, trunks or jammers (short like style) are the preferred item. For women, a one piece costume or knee suit is worn. If you are looking to compete, it is important your costume meets FINA requirements. These are available on the FINA website, but in brief can be described as:
You can also look out for this logo on kit:
For on poolside in between races, a T-Shirt and shorts or jogging bottoms are ideal. Club branded kit is available, please see a member of the committee for an order form.
Shoes are also a good idea, but not essential. Either a dedicate pair of poolside trainers or flip-flops will do.
Probably the second most import kit item. There are many different styles available, but the important thing is they fit and are comfortable (during training you could well be wearing them for an hour).
Club branded swimming hats are available via the club shop.
For club sessions, the following is a suggested kit list:
Optional kit includes items like hand paddles or drag shorts. You can also get mesh bags to carry all of your kit onto poolside.
It is also a good idea to bring a drink with you, as well as any medical aids (e.g. inhalers) you might need.
In addition to the above, for galas it is a good idea to have two towels (one for poolside, one for getting changed afterwards) and enough liquids to keep you hydrated. Water or squash is fine, but try to avoid fizzy drinks as these could upset a stomach during a race.
Where to go for kit?
You may struggle to get hold of some kit from the High Street, but there are a few shops on Parsons Street that might have some kit. Otherwise, there are specialist website stores available, including but not limited to: