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Winter Swim Tip: How to Properly Fit Swim Goggles

It's tempting to buy that three-pack of swim goggles at the warehouse store but what you save in cost will catch up to you later when you realize those goggles just don't fit the way they should.  Whether you are looking for goggles for yourself or your children, the right style and fit can affect performance.

The first thing to consider is where you are swimming: indoors or outdoors Will it be daytime or evening? You may need to purchase more than one set of goggles. Make note: some people find the clear goggles are too bright even indoors and prefer slightly tinted goggles that work both indoors and out.

Second, don't try to size your child by an age group and don't grab the first adult size pair for yourself. Definitely try youth size goggles first for kids, but the best way to find the right size is to do the suction test that you will see in the video below.

For the best fit, head to a professional swim store where they have a large selection of goggles to try, and experts who can see how the straps will fit.  If you swim regularly, expect to replace your goggles every 3-4 months because the chlorine can break down the material. When this happens people tend to pull the straps tighter but really this won't help with the suction. Once it is gone, it's gone. The good news is you can find a replacement pair in the goggle and cap vending machines located in the lobby area of all four Montgomery County indoor pools!

More more information on where to test out your new goggles visit and click on Residents, then Recreation where you will see Aquatics.