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    1. How can I keep water from getting in my ears?
    There are a number of ear protection products on the market that can help to prevent your ears from getting wet.  If you spend a lot of time in the water then you can get a number of problems with your ears such as ‘surfers ear’.  This is when constant cold and wet conditions cause the bones in the ear to grow out of shape.  This can result in ear pain, decreased hearing and vulnerabilities to infection. You can protect your ears with special earplugs which fit into the ear canal and prevent water from entering your ear.  If you do have a problem with your ears then it can be best to get a special ear plug made to fit perfectly in your own ear canal to keep water out completely.

    2.  How can I get a pair of goggles to fit?
    Poorly fitting goggles can be very annoying as you will have to keep stopping to empty water from the lenses or if they are too tight they can give you a headache.  There are so many different goggles available it can be difficult to work out which ones would be best for you.  If you do struggle to find a pair of goggles then a design with an adjustable nose bridge can be a good option.  This will allow you to make the gap across the top of your nose bigger or smaller to create a better fit to your face shape.

    3.  Are unisex goggles any good?
    Unisex goggles can suit a number of different face shapes.  However many women can find that these goggles are too wide. This means they don’t fit closely enough and water will leak in.  If you do have a smaller face shape then there are goggles designed specifically for women that can provide a much better fit.

    4.  Can you get coloured lenses for goggles?
    If you are swimming outdoors then you can easily be blinded by strong sunlight reflecting off the water.  There are a number of goggles with coloured lenses on the market that can help to reduce glare without impacting too much on visibility.  These can include black and blue tinted glasses and also mirrored lenses.

    5.  What goggles are best for swimming in open water?
    When you are swimming out in open waters you need good visibility in order to watch out for other water users.  There are special masks available for open water swimming that protect your eyes and also give good anti-fog and UV protection.  These goggles give a good range of vision which will make it easier for you to stay aware of your surroundings. 

    6.  Can you get competition quality swimming goggles?
    Serious swimmers will prefer to use the high performance goggles that are available.  These offer advanced streamlined designs to reduce water drag and also an enhance clarity of vision.  These goggles will last much longer than standard goggles if you look after them.

    7.  Are there any prescription goggles on the market?
    You cannot wear your glasses when you are swimming so the next best thing is prescription goggles. There are a huge range of ‘off the shelf’ prescription goggles on the market for common sight variations.  This means you can easily order the right pair for your individual prescription.  You can also have goggles custom made to your own prescription and this is useful if you have a different sight requirement for each eye.

    8.  What are swimming caps made from?
    Swimming caps need to be stretchy as well as waterproof so they are generally made from latex.  However quite a lot of people do have allergies to latex rubber. This can show in redness and irritation around the ears and where the latex cap rests against the forehead and scalp.  You can now get swimming caps made from silicone, which are very similar to latex and provide a great range of colours and designs.  Silicone is also more durable than latex and will last a lot longer.  If you do not need your swimming cap to be waterproof then there are also some Lycra and polyesters caps available.  These are mainly used to keep long hair out of the way or as a base layer underneath a latex cap to prevent irritation or pulling.

    9.  How do I choose the right size swimming cap?
    Swimming caps will need to be snug fitting to help prevent water from leaking inside.  However if they are too tight they can give you a headache and will feel very uncomfortable. You can check the manufacturer’s measurements guidance to judge which swimming cap will fit your best.  Always try the cap on first before you wear it in the water.  It should fit snugly across your forehead and down over your ears.  Too loose and it will ride up and let water in as you are swimming.  Too tight and it will start to feel uncomfortable and even painful after a short time.

    10.  What is the best way to put a swimming cap on?
    Latex and silicone caps can be difficult to get on. To help ease the caps in place many people use a little hair conditioner and rub it round the interior of the hat.  This combined with getting your hair a little damp will help ease hats on.  You could also try wearing a polyester cap under your latex hat.  This will make it much easier to keep your hair in place and get your latex or silicone cap on.