Swimming caps are available in different materials for different purposes. While shopping, questions like whether you should get mesh or silicone, whether a comfortable one or something more watertight is natural to pop up in your head. Whatever it is, a swim cap is necessary for swimming and often mandatory in public pools. Here are a few tips from Nabaiji to help you choose the best swimming cap for your practice.
Choose your cap according to the frequency of your swimming practice.
FREQUENCY OF PRACTICE
The number of times you train per week
You are an “occasional” swimmer if you swim less than once a week.
You are a “regular” swimmer if you swim once or twice a week.
You are an “intensive” swimmer if you swim more than twice a week.
SWIM CAP SIZE
The size of your cap depends on your head size:
If your head is less than 56 cm around
If your head is more than 56 cm around
– The mesh cap is designed for occasional swimmers.
– It is easy to put on and comfortable.
– Similarly, it is ideal for people who want to feel comfortable in their swimming cap.
– However, it is not very watertight and may move during diving.
SILICONE MESH SWIM CAP
– This cap is designed for regular swimmers.
– Slightly more watertight, it is also easy to put on.
– It lets less water in, thanks to its silicone coating.
– However, it may still move during diving.
– This type of cap is designed for regular to intensive swimmers.
– It is much more watertight and stable in the water.
– It is also more difficult to put on.
THE MOULDED SWIM CAP
– This type of cap is designed for competitive swimmers.
– It is more watertight and hydrodynamic during swimming.
“No swim camp is completely watertight. Even if your swim cap is made of waterproof material, as soon as you put your head underwater, water may get in at the neck or temples.
Remember to rinse your cap with clean water after each use, in order to protect it against chlorine damage.”