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The Best Swimming Goggles for Kids

By Amy Sutton

So, your child has decided to join a swim team or perhaps he's a little fish that just enjoys swimming in his free time. When you find yourself wondering how to choose the best swimming goggles for your swimmer, there are some things you'll need to keep in mind before running out and purchasing a pair.

Benefits of Goggles

Providing your child with a pair of swim goggles can help to protect his eyes from the chlorine and other chemicals found in swimming pools as well as dirt, debris and bacteria. Goggles can prevent irritation and blood shot eyes. Additionally, your child will have better vision underwater if he's wearing swim goggles, which can be helpful when he's competing, playing water games or searching for items underwater with his friends.

Goggle Styles

Competition goggles are ideal for your child if she competes on a swim team. While competition goggles are generally more expensive, they have a low profile and fit close to the eyes, which can provide your child with a wider view when she's training or competing. Recreational goggles are less expensive than competition goggles but are often more bulky. On the plus side, they are usually more spacious around the eyes, making them more comfortable for play time in the pool or swimming lessons.

Finding the Best Fit and Seal

Fit and seal are important because without them, your child will be less likely to want to wear the goggles. When goggles don't provide a good seal, water can seep in and irritate the eyes, making your child uncomfortable. Try a few pairs of children's goggles on your child. Test the seal by pressing the goggles to your child's face and seeing if they hold a seal. When you pull the goggles away from your child's face, they should remain firmly suctioned in place and not pull away easily. A good suction and seal should occur without the straps having to be used, since the straps are only there to hold the goggles in place.

Types of Lenses

Decide what lenses are best for your child. Lenses comes in an assortment of materials and colors. Optical-grade lenses are made with the same plastic you'd find in prescription sunglasses. They resist scratches, are lightweight and have less distortion than other lenses. Polycarbonate lenses are strong, resist cracking and offer UV protection. Some lenses even come with an anti-fog coating that helps to prevent goggles from fogging up in the water. Dark colored lenses are ideal for casual swimming, swimming outdoors on cloudy days and indoor swimming. Metallic lenses, which have a mirrored look with a dark tint, are often used for competition swimming. Light-colored and clear lenses allow more light to come through, allowing your child to see more when she's swimming during early mornings outside or at an indoor pool.

Importance of Comfort

It may seem obvious that your child's goggles should fit comfortably but every pair of goggles fits differently on different faces, so it's important to try several styles on until you find the best fit for your child. Ultimately the pair of swim goggles that's best for your child will depend on comfort and what type of activity he'll be using them for. Once you've found the perfect pair of swim goggles, adjust the straps so that they hold the goggles in position without making your child uncomfortable. Then, check the nose-bridge to ensure it sits comfortably around your child's nose.

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