Swim Gear 101: What You’ll Actually Need Before Diving In
Swimming has long been praised for being an amazing full-body workout that's easy on the joints, but gearing up to actually perform said exercise can prove difficult.
For every four packed racks of yoga pants in a sporting goods store, there's maybe one or two shelves with equipment dedicated to swimmers.
To help you dive into the world of swimming (yes, pun intended), we rounded up the absolute essentials you'll need on the pool deck.
Arena Team 45 Backpack
If you plan on investing in more accessories than just a cap and a pair of goggles, go for a backpack like the Arena Team 45 Backpack ($59) that can fit them all. This water-resistant carry-all has multiple compartments you can use to separate your damp suit from the rest of your goods.
TYR Women’s Durafast One Solid Diamondfit Workout Bikini
If you plan on swimming outside, slather on some SPF and up your protection levels with a UPF (or ultraviolet protection factor) sun protection swimsuit. Try this TYR Women's Durafast One Solid Diamondfit Workout Bikini Set ($60).
Women's Vanquisher 2.0 Mirrored Goggles
The Women's Vanquisher 2.0 Mirrored Goggles ($22) are Speedo's best-selling racing goggles, but you don't have to swim competitively to make them worth the purchase. They fit comfortably around your eyes and even reduce brightness and glare — a big benefit if you swim outside.