Swimming competition season is in full swing, and that means only one thing. Competition swimwear. They are perhaps the jewel for every swimmer and at the same time the last piece of the puzzle for good performance. So how to choose a competition swimsuit, what to look for and what is not important? What to choose?
Does the distance of the race play a role in the choice?
One of the most important factors is the distance of the race you are going to swim. If you are a sprinter, you can easily choose a swimsuit with the highest compression. On the other hand, if you are a long-distance swimmer, it is better to choose a swimsuit with more flexibility. For medium distances, it's a good idea to choose a compromise. Women have a choice between open and closed back swimsuits (they usually choose the second option).
Is the material of the race suit special?
The material is another important factor. Most swimsuits are made of hydrocarbon or carbon fiber. This not only gave them the nickname "carbons", but also important properties, such as high water resistance, adaptability to the swimmer's body, or compression, which is also important for racing. However, each brand has its own, slightly different specific material, so it is important to look for the FINA certificate (QR code on the back of the swimsuit) when choosing a competition swimsuit. This certificate guarantees that the swimsuit meets all the requirements and rules for the race. Last but not least, the price and color should be different from the others.
Competition Swimwear for Kids
For young swimmers, competitive swimwear is all about the feeling. So if your child isn't competing every weekend and not going to various championships, don't be afraid to reach for classic swimsuits that have that competition swimsuit look. Not only are they more comfortable, but they are also more affordable. They are offered by Speedo, for example. When it comes to better competitive swimwear, the selection is similar to adult swimwear.
What should I be aware of when trying on and putting on a competitive swimsuit?
Putting on a competitive swimsuit
is a bit painful. It takes time and patience
. But there are a few tricks. The very first step is always to wrap the ends of the swimsuit
with silicone tape. It is much easier to put the swimsuit on when the skin is dry
. The swimsuit is stretched gradually on the thighs and hips and, for women, on the chest. Beware of sudden movements, long and sharp nails, rings or other jewelry to avoid damage
. Since it takes a while to put on the swimsuit, add this extra time to the race. When the swimsuit is properly fitted, it should fit all over the body and allow you to do knee bends. It should not be loose
around the arms, chest, hips or at the bottom of the legs to prevent water from getting under the swimsuit.
How do I take care of a competitive swimsuit so that it lasts as long as possible?
The maintenance should be the same as for the classic swimsuit, mainly very simple. After use, rinse the swimsuit in clean tap water
as soon as possible, use only detergent for delicate fabrics or none at all, do not use fabric softener
, and dry away from heat sources, preferably on a drying rack. However, the swimsuit's best qualities will last for about 12 to 15 races, after which the material may no longer be suitable for competition. In fact, top competitors have new swimsuits
for every major race.
We are all different and need different swimsuits, so don't be afraid to try more swimsuits before you find the right one.
A swimsuit definitely won't make you a world champion, it's all about the effort.
And if you are choosing a swimsuit for the first time, or are still not sure which one is right for you, ask us.