What Equipment Is Needed for Swimming?

What Equipment Is Needed for Swimming?
Swimming is an activity that can keep you in shape without over stressing your joints. It is an enjoyable sport that becomes second nature once you get the hang of it and can be used in many settings such as pools, lakes, rivers and oceans. It is needed for various sports such as water skiing, water polo, scuba diving and surfing. Plus, it is a knowledge that can come in handy when you put yourself in certain situations such as fishing, canoeing or sailing. If you are planning on going swimming, there are a few things you will need depending on the location and activity.


A suit is one of the main items you will need when going swimming. The type of suit depends on the type of swimming you will be doing. With scuba diving or surfing, a body suit is the best option. This will keep you warm in lower depths or protect you from injury when falling from a board or moving by rocks. For typical swimming, a regular bathing suit is all that is needed. However, if you are going to be doing a lot of diving into the water, a one piece or tight suit is better so that the material does not come loose from the initial entrance into the water.


If you are going to be swimming outside, no matter what the weather conditions, you should wear sunscreen. This small tube of lotion will save you countless hours of pain from sunburn and help prevent you from other illness such as skin cancer. Since your activity is swimming, a waterproof lotion is best so that it won't wash off, and you won't have to reapply as often.


If you have trouble with water in your eyes or you are doing and activity such as snorkeling, you will need a mask. A mask will allow you to see where you are going underwater, and is essential for scuba diving and other similar activities. Goggles are used in water sports such as polo to protect the eyes from possible blows to the face and because splashing increases the possibility of water getting in the eyes. Water in the eyes can cause blurred vision and could result in you missing an opportunity to score.


If going diving or snorkeling, air will be needed because of your prolonged time underwater. For diving, air tanks are used and strapped to the back. A hose is run from the tank to a diving mask so that you can breathe underwater. For snorkeling a mask with a short tube is attached. You don't go far under water so the tube can reach the surface for air.


For diving flippers are useful in propelling you through the water and helping you get back to the surface quickly. The wide footing acts like fins as they move, and pushes you along. This is especially handy considering the heavy tank on your back during diving.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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