Choosing the Right Goggles
Choosing the right goggles can be a pain in the neck, particularly if you're buying them for a child. In this post, we've put together a list of recommended (and not-so-recommended) goggle choices, along with their pros and cons.
Keep in mind that each person is different and will have different preferences, so unfortunately, there is no single "right" choice except for the individual.
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Now, let's get to it!
Goggles for Adults
Let's be honest, there's not as much to consider when it comes to goggles for adults as there is goggles for kids, particularly if you're not a competitive or triathlon swimmer.
We like these, the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0, which are a good option for most beginner to intermediate adult swimmers. They're comfortable, easy to adjust, and do a good job of keeping the water out, which is what you want.
Goggles for Kids
These goggles, the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Junior are the child version of the goggles above and the type we've found to have the highest chance of working out for the largest percentage of kids.
There's something about the shape around the eye and the fact that they eye and nose pieces are separate that allows them to conform to most face shapes.
Like most of the other goggle types on this list, you'll find that these come in a number of different color options.
These ones, the Speedo Skoogle are a good choice, particularly for younger kids. They can get a relatively tight seal without feeling to "hard" around the eyes. However, the straps don't hold a size tightly, so kids can get a little fidgety adjusting the size. Still, they're probably your best bet for younger swimmers.
These goggles, the Speedo Hydrospex Youth are a classic. They can get a good seal, but some kids will find them "too hard" against their eyes. If you have a child who's more sensitive to physical pressure or are not excited for goggles, these may not be the best choices.
A couple of our students have loved these goggles from Aegend, but they can get a bit tricky for students with hair in buns.
For those swimmers with a cap full of hair, we recommend goggles with two straps in the back instead of just one.
Goggles We Don't Recommend
Unfortunately, with goggles, the rule of thumb is that if they look really cute, they probably don't work very well. These and similar goggles tend to leak.
That being said, if you're trying to get a kid used to the idea of wearing goggles and want some for bath time or to wear around the house, these might not be the worst idea.
These are most likely to be chosen for a kid who doesn't like goggles. This is due to how far from the eyes the seal is.
The downside actually comes from the same thing. See that top seal? It doesn't get good suction and tends to leak. Not great if you want the child to be able to focus.
You'll find the same issues with these goggles. It's worth noting that these are designed more for Caribbean beach play than learning to swim.
You'll also notice that these (and some other pairs of rec goggles) come with nose clip and ear plugs.
We only recommend using ear plugs if the child is prone to swimmers ear or ear infections.
The nose clip should never be used, as it won't allow the swimmer to learn how to properly breathe while swimming.
On a similar note, these and goggles like them cover the nose completely, which is the biggest no-no of all when it comes to goggles.
It's very important to be able to exhale through the nose, and these snorkeling-style goggles make that very difficult.
Lastly, if you ever see goggles like these, don't do it. They're inexpensive because they do very little to keep the water out.
You'll be very disappointed if these are all you have on hand when it comes time to swim.
Final Thoughts on Goggles for Kids
If you're starting your child swimming for the first time, it's not a bad idea to buy a couple of different pairs of goggles and see what works best.
Some kids can be very particular about using a particular kind...