With so many goggles on the market it is very confusing for parents to choose the right ones. There are 3 goggles I always recommend for kids swimming lessons, without fail one of them fits 99.9% of kids.
There are many factors that come into choosing the right goggles for your child. By choosing the right goggles the first time you save lots of drama at swimming and save you money.
Your kids can focus on their swimming lessons with goggles that fit
Ballina Swim School
Help! These goggles just don’t fit
Have you purchased so many goggles for your child, yet they still won’t wear them? Maybe the goggles leak, maybe they don’t fit properly, they hurt to wear them, the nose adjustment digs in, the strap slips, it pulls their hair, the goggles are too hard on their face. What ever the reason there are fantastic googles out there, it is just finding the most suitable pair.
Poorly fitting goggles are one of the biggest distractions during swimming lessons
Ballina Swim School
When does my child need goggles?
Goggles are not necessary when your child starts their learn to swim journey as it is beneficial to learn without goggles and during some lessons including safety week. Goggles are best introduced when they start submerging more frequently, or start to grab their eyes as they resurface instead of catching the wall.
What benefits do goggles have?
Goggles can help swimmers gain confidence, submerge, help them streamline, stay in a straight line when swimming, and assist them have fun while exploring the water.
Goggles assist with a reference point for freestyle breathing drills, they can also be used to get the swimmer to look down and become more streamline.
My child doesn’t want to wear goggles
Sometimes it is difficult getting kids to wear goggles, some will:
- Initially refuse to wear them
- Hold them
- wear them on their head
- Put them on and take them off
- And the best case put them in and leave them on.
Tips for selecting suitable goggles
We select our goggles based on 22 years of swim teaching experience with swimmers having the good, the bad and the OMG goggles. Quinten from Vorgee brought Matt Welsh to Aqualife in Perth and train the facility staff on how to select goggles in 2018. This session was invaluable and taught us about the Vorgee range of goggles.
Which style of goggles?
There are a few styles in goggles the junior range, fitness, competitive, where they sit on the face, the shape of the goggles, what the goggles are made from, even having a clear lens or tinted lens.
What size goggles
Each child is different and this determines the best size and type of googles. Some things to consider are:
- Head size
- The size of the bridge of nose
- Eye sockets
- The distance the eyes are apart
- where the goggles sit on the face
Tinted lens or clear lens?
As a swim teacher I prefer clear lens as I can see each swimmers eyes for teaching purposes.
Tinted lens are fantastic for outdoor pools to take the brightness off the glare from the sun.
I have had numerous googles this year that are left at the pool and try them from time to time in my classes, some googles look amazing, yet you can’t see as the goggles is the same colour as the pool tiles etc.
Ballina Swim School recommends trying a new pair of goggles on prior to purchase. Ensure the front of the goggles fits without the strap in place.
The goggle frames
Some goggles have a more rigid frame and don’t mould around the kids faces, the kids also grow out of them very quickly, some more rigid frames are also uncomfortable to wear.
Some frames are also snorkel masks blocking the ability to exhale through the nose.
Some goggles have multiple pieces – the more pieces the more chance of them breaking. The nose adjustments can dig into their nose and cause discomfort.
Look for googles with one piece at the front as they are generally more comfortable.
The Vorgee goggles are a soft silicone, they mould on the kids face and the kids don’t grow out of them very quickly.
Goggles with a double strap sit better on the head, you can split them round a pony tail, and have the ability to adjust them easily.
We recommend the Lycra or polyester swim caps to help keep goggles in their place, not pull on the hair and keep their hair out of their face.
Try your goggles on before purchase
You must try your goggles on before you purchase them. This ensures the goggles fit your kids face and will get a good seal in the water.
When you try them on you place the goggles on the face and see if they seal, without the strap.
Taking care of your goggles
The goggles come in a plastic case, if you return the goggles to the case after use it stops the goggles getting damaged when they are thrown in a bag. My nephew got almost 5 years with one set of goggles when looked after properly.
My top 3 goggles to select
Yes there are 3 styles of goggles recommended depending on the size of the swimmer. Small swim schools I have worked at previously we narrowed the range to these 3, and we always found a pair to fit every swimmer.
- Vorgee STARFISH
- Vorgee VOYAGER JNR
- Vorgee VOYAGER
Vorgee goggles can be purchased at most Aquatic facilities, online and through Ballina Swim School. This is not an exhaustive selection of goggles or brands to choose from. This is designed to simplify your selection to what I know works.