Good goggles are hard to come by; so I’ve pulled together 5 tips for choosing the right pair for your little one (or yourself!)
Wearing goggles is a challenge for some children and you’re probably familiar with the moans and groans of “I don’t like wearing them” or “they hurt my eyes”. Getting goggles that not only work but are comfortable for your little one is a must.
Wearing goggles should be a fundamental part of learning to swim as they help us all swim better and prevent chlorine stinging our eyes. WARNING – kids may still complain; but at least it won’t be about their goggles!
2. Ease of adjusting
The biggest issue with any goggles is the ability to tighten or loosen them to suit the swimmer. Make life easy for not only yourself, but your child and their swimming teacher too (the more time they spend fixing goggles, the less time they’re actually teaching).
All goggles come with different ways of adjusting the length, so make sure you know that they are easy to adjust and don’t have too many pieces that can fall off when fixing them. If they’re too complex, it can be a real nightmare – trust me, I’ve been there plenty of times!
Pick a brand that you know, like and trust. It might seem obvious but always buy from a brand that you know consistently provides the highest quality of products and customer service.
Think too about the other swimming kit they sell; if it’s low-quality or cheap & cheerful, you’re more than likely going to be re-purchasing goggles pretty soon. I spent a long time creating the Turtle Pack Goggles because I know they’re a reflection on the company as a whole – but that’s why I’m so happy with them, and I’m sure you will be too!
In swimming environments goggles are prone to steaming up; resulting in the goggles becoming foggy. Therefore, it’s important to look for goggles with anti-fog treatment to reduce this effect.
It’s important to note that goggles will lose their anti-fog effect after 6-12 months. This depends hugely on the number of times they have been used and how they are looked after. To keep your goggles in prime condition, I highly recommend washing with cold water after use and drying with a towel.
Usually; the cheaper the goggles, the worse they are going to be. A £3 pair of goggles simply isn’t going to stand the test of time. They might last for a number of trips to the pool but after a while they will start leaking. As a parent you don’t want to be buying a new pair of goggles every second week and you certainly don’t want a screaming child from water leaking in.
As with many things; it’s a case of “buy cheap, buy (more than) twice”!
Good goggles are definitely taken for granted – just try swimming without a pair to see how much you love them! It’s definitely worth taking your time and ordering the correct pair; your children and wallet will thank you in the long run!
Michael Harkins is an award-winning swimming instructor with over 10 years of experience teaching children and adults across Scotland. He is the founder of Turtle Pack, the author of The Adventures of Tiki the Turtle book series for pre-school children and runs the Turtle Pack Swim Academy – West Lothian.