*This post is sponsored by Aqua-Tots, but as always, all opinions are my own.
When we first started swim lessons at Aqua-Tots, one of the fun things we did was let the boys pick out their own swim goggles. It’s a small thing, but it added to their initial excitement. Fortunately, when we showed up for our first lesson, Aqua-Tots had a slew of goggles to pick from, so they were each able to pick their favorite color out.
Now at first they weren’t super comfortable with wearing them during their entire lesson, but their instructors have been so gracious and helpful in helping them to understand they need to wear them during their lesson.
So as we are a few months out from summer and hitting the pool more often, here’s a few reasons why your kids should wear swim goggles when swimming in the pool.
See and Swim: Why Your Child Needs to Wear Swim Goggles
Protect From Chemicals and Debris
Most pools clean the pools with very specific levels of chlorine to kill bacteria and other harmful germs. And Aqua-Tots pools are cleaned every day to ensure the highest quality of water + pH balance for the children. However, it’s only an effective disinfectant when the pH is in perfect range. This is hard to maintain at a constant rate throughout the day, so it’s recommended to wear goggles to eliminate the chemical chlorine and other debris and bacteria that could get in their eyes during lessons (or while swimming in a public pool). It will help reduce redness and irritation as well.
Extra Vision May Be Needed
If your child wears glasses, you can get prescription goggles for them, so they can see even while swimming. So not only will it protect their little eyes from the chemicals and bacteria, but will also help their swim skills enhance faster as they can see better with them on! It’s also important to make sure your child’s goggles are properly fit to them. They’re not always one size fits all.
For more information on finding prescription goggles go HERE.
Learning Without Goggles
At Aqua-Tots they prefer your children to learn to swim with goggles. They can see clearer and can focus more on the instructor and the lesson when they’re not rubbing their irritated, red eyes. They tend to make children feel more comfortable when first learning how to swim and when they move up and are swimming for longer periods of time.
However, in an emergency situation, goggles are likely not available. So while it’s beneficial to LEARN swimming with their goggles, it’s equally important to practice without them occasionally. It can help them feel more confident down the road to go without using them and especially in an emergency situation when they’re not accessible.
Finding the Best Pair
The perfect pair of goggles, like I mentioned above, isn’t always easily available. You may have to try a few pair before purchasing them. Aqua-Tots offers an array of different goggles to make it easier to find the best ones for your child. It’s imperative that you find the best fit for them. Not only to protect their eyes, but also to make them feel the most comfortable during their lesson. You don’t want them fidgeting with them the entire time and not focusing on the instructor and what they should be learning that day.
Keeping your children’s eyes healthy is just as important as the life saving skills of safe swim.
Do your children swim with goggles? If so, do they prefer wearing them or do you have to make them?
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