1. Why are professional swimming suits more expensive than regular suits?
The reason why professional competition swimming suits are more expensive than fashion suits is that they are designed too much higher specifications. The fabrics and suit shapes have been rigorously tested for optimum speed and performance. Professional swimming suits will also have been treated to be more resistant to chlorine and this can provide you with a more durable and longer lasting suit.
2. What swimming suit do I need for speed swimming?
If speed is your ultimate goal then you need to choose suits that cover as much as your skin as possible. Swimming suits create much less drag in the water than skin, so the more material covering you the better. You will see the majority of competitive speed swimming using full body suits these days and this can literally shave seconds off of your lap times so is a wise investment. However full length swimming suits will not be for everyone so make sure you choose a suit style you can be comfortable with.
3. How do I choose the right swimming suit for competitions?
A professional quality swimming suit can be a significant investment so it is important to choose the right suit first time round. Professional swimming suits are designed to reduce as much drag as possible as the swimmer cuts through the water. It will depend on what competitions you are entering as to what swimming suit you will need. If you spend a lot of time in the water then you will want a durable suit that can stand up to high levels of salt, chlorine and other chemicals. Triathletes competing in warm weather conditions may want a swimming suit for the water section of their course (proper wetsuits will be needed in colder conditions). You need a suit that will provide you with speed and performance when you are in the water so a full length swimming suit with minimum drag can be a good option.
4. Should I buy a second hand competition suit?
It can be tempting to go onto online auction sites and buy second hand competition suits as they can be significantly cheaper. However you will not know how these suits have been cared for and they may have already been damaged by long term exposure to chemicals such as chlorine. This means they will not provide you with the performance or durability you need in competition situations.
5. Can I wear swimming suits for water sports such as surfing?
Many people opt for swimming suits when taking part in active water sports such as surfing as they provide excellent flexibility in and out of the water. However swimming suits are not designed to insult your skin against the cold, so you will need a proper wetsuit if you are going to be in colder water conditions. If you are quite resistant to the cold then you may be able to get away with wearing a full length swimming suit with a thermal vest over the top.
6. Why should I choose a swimwear brand name?
There is a vast range of fashion and competition swimwear out on the market and it can be difficult deciding on which suit is best for you. If you are going to be spending a lot of time in the water then you want to make sure you get a suit that will last. Big brand name swimwear ranges such as Speedo have led the water sports apparel market for many years and this testifies to how good their products are. If you buy a cheap swimming suit from a little known brand you will not have the decades of experience and technology that have gone into a big brand name suits. This means that the suit could not perform or last as well as you were expecting. Brand names produce swimwear ranges both with and without the expensive innovations and fancy materials so you should be able to find a suit in your individual price range.
7. How do I get the right fit for my swimming suit?
Fit and comfort are important whether you are buying a fashion or competition swimming suit. You should try on swimming suits before you wear them for a session in the water to see if they fit well. A swimming suit should lie perfectly flat across your body without any sagging at the seams, straps or openings. Make sure you can move your arms and legs comfortably without any feelings of tightness around the armpits, across the shoulders or at the groin. The openings should be snug but not so tight they dig into your skin. Tie straps are not appropriate for a competition suit as they could too easily come undone but if your fashion suit has them make sure you can tie them securely and comfortably.
8. How can I get a swimming suit to fit a larger bust?
Swimming suits are generally made from spandex which is very stretchy. However if you do have a larger bust you may find it difficult to buy a suit that is both supportive and comfortable. If you are buying a fashion suit then you should look for designs with an underwired bust section. This provides additional support and should also be available in different cup sizes, which makes it easier to find a suit that will fit. If you are buying a competition suit then you need to look for suits with adjustable straps. This will allow you to make adjustments to ensure your bust feels supported and comfortable.
9. Are there full body swimming suits available for kids?
Kids generally enjoy spending a lot of time in the water. A full body suit can provide additional protection for them against any small knocks and scrapes whilst they are playing. Full body suits can also contain anti-UV treatments which provide an extra layer of protection from the sun.
10. What are swimming suits made from?
Swimming suits are typically made from stretchy materials such as Spandex and Lycra. These fibres can be combined and mixed with other fabrics to create comfortable, soft and durable swimming suits.